How to manage finances in a relationship

Couples can reach their shared goals by keeping their finances healthy.

Here are some tips on managing finances with your partner.

 

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Money Mistakes

Nobody likes making mistakes, especially when there’s money on the line.

Avoid expensive mistakes. Make the right decision for your financial future today.

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How do your gift giving habits compare?

Source: moneyandlife.com.au

Have you ever thought about how much you spend on gifts throughout the year?

Did you know Australians spend nearly $20 billion a year on gifts? That’s about $1,200 each per year or $100 a month. New research* reveals other truly fascinating insights into how we think, buy, plan and spend our money on those we love the most. It also delves into how young people are desiring gifts that will last longer and that 4 in 5 young Australians would like to receive the gift of time with a financial planner.

Read the research to find out how you measure up to the rest of Australia and learn about the benefits of financial planning so that you too can budget, plan and spend without debt or regret.

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Five tips for looking after your large household’s finances

Take the pain out of managing your family’s finances.

Taking care of household finances can be taxing, especially if you have a big family. But with proper planning and budgeting, there’s no need to stress.

Here are some tips to help you effectively manage your household finances.

1. Examine your finances

Sitting down as a family and figuring out how much money is coming in and going out may help you gauge the state of your family’s finances. A clear picture of your household income and expenses could set you up to manage your cashflow better.

2. Rein in spending

Keeping expenses under control can be tough in a large household. But if you’re spending as much as or more than you’re earning, you might want to consider limiting your family’s discretionary costs by buying only what you can afford.

3. Set financial goals

Setting financial goals as a family may help you work towards future aspirations instead of simply meeting current expenses. Whether it’s buying a bigger house or going on a dream holiday, having a financial goal may help your family set priorities and stay on track financially.

4. Keep a budget

Keeping track of spending may help you to better manage your family’s finances. By working with a professional financial adviser, you could create a budget that factors in not only income and expenses, but also your financial obligations.

5. Build up emergency and retirement funds

Unplanned expenses such as unforeseen medical bills can put a dent in family finances. By growing your emergency fund to cover six months’ worth of expenses, you may be better positioned to handle unexpected events.

While it’s easy to neglect your own financial future when providing for your family, saving for retirement should not take second place. Keep in mind that the earlier you start saving, the better chance you have to grow a sufficient nest egg.

Working with an adviser

Managing finances for a big family need not be a painful exercise. By working alongside a financial adviser to keep track of your spending, and discussing money matters and setting financial goals as a family, handling household finances is a task you can achieve.

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Successful Investor Secrets

The investment world can change dramatically from one month to the next. But these secrets of successful investors never go out of style.

Successful investing can be one of your biggest allies in the quest for long-term financial security. Unfortunately, unsuccessful investing can leave you wishing you’d kept your money in the bank.

So what are the secrets to making your investments achieve what you want them to achieve?
Here are some of the tactics used by successful investors around the world.

1. Start with a plan

Smart investors don’t just look for ‘good’ investments. They look for investments that will help them achieve specific goals.

You may be seeking a return above that available on cash or term deposits. In this case there are other investments such as shares and fixed income, which may be expected to generate higher returns than cash over the long term, however, they are also more volatile, so investors need to consider both the risk and return components of their portfolio.

2. Diversify widely

One of the main goals of investing may be to ensure you have a mix of assets that are likely to perform well at different times – helping you survive any downturn in a specific market or industry sector.

While many Australian investors are heavily exposed to Australian shares, a well-diversified portfolio will generally hold assets in each of the major asset classes (e.g. Australian and international shares, property, fixed income and cash).

3. Watch your costs

It’s easy to get fixated on the returns your investments can generate. But successful investors always keep track of, and seek to minimise, the fees and taxes associated with owning them.

A ‘buy and hold’ strategy can help you avoid transaction costs like brokerage, or buy and sell spreads from managed funds. It can also help you reduce capital gains tax, which generally decreases by 50% when you’ve held an asset for over 12 months.

4. Market Timing Risks

Attempting to time the market can be both difficult and dangerous to your portfolio. Market timing risks missing periods of strong performance, which can adversely impact a portfolio. Morningstar recently conducted a review of investment returns over 20 years, and determined that by being fully invested, investors generated a return of 8.7% p.a. However, the same investment that missed the top 10 returning days would have returned 6.1% p.a.

Despite periods of significant volatility on a daily basis, over the long term, investments in assets such as Australian Shares have generated strong returns.

5. Don’t panic

When share markets retreat (which they inevitably do), smart investors don’t hit the panic button and sell long-term investments based on short term volatility – this is made easier by following Step 1 “Start with a Plan”.

Instead, if you continue to invest during a market downturn, you may be able to buy high-quality investments at a lower price than you could if you waited for markets to recover.

Following the GFC, when the stock market bottomed in early 2009, many investors sold out of equities and held large proportions of cash in their portfolios. The opportunity cost of this decision has meant that some investors have missed a significant rally over the past decade.

6. Protect your assets

Even a carefully constructed investment strategy can come unstuck if you need access to your money in an emergency.

A smart strategy is to ensure you maintain a sizeable cash reserve, and put in place appropriate insurance such as income, TPD and life insurance. Having appropriate insurances in place can help prevent the need for a ‘fire sale’ of your investments if you suffer a serious illness or accident.

Tip: Income protection typically replaces up to 75% of your income if you can’t work due to an illness or accident.


Five financial moves to make in your 40s

In your 40s? Here’s what you need to consider to financially get ahead.

Being in your 40s often involves balancing many responsibilities that it becomes easy to neglect your own financial wellbeing. But it’s not too late to secure your future. Here are some tips that may help you financially make the most of your 40s.

1. Create a plan

If you don’t have a financial plan, it’s time to get one. Ensure that it’s based on your needs and priorities. By working with a professional adviser, you may be able to tailor a plan that helps you optimise your ability to save and invest.

2. Grow your savings

Your 40s could be your peak earning years, so it may be a good idea to ramp up your savings and funnel some of your income into your superannuation or investment accounts. But be sure to do your homework and consult with a professional financial adviser about your options.

3. Give your super a health check

A quick super health check may help you optimise your retirement savings. For example, by choosing a different investment option or type of risk, you may be able to earn better returns on your super. If you have multiple funds, consolidating your accounts may help you save on fees. Again, seek advice from a professional adviser before acting.

4. Avoid lifestyle creep

People generally have a tendency to inflate their standard of living as they earn more and can afford more things, such as a better car or house. While it’s only natural to want the finer things in life, you’ll likely end up with little to no financial gain if your spending rises as quickly as your income. Try stick to your long-term financial goals and remember the big picture.

5. Consider investing more

Your 40s may be a good time to invest more – or diversify your investments – to help you grow your long-term savings. But keep in mind that it’s important to choose instruments that suit your risk appetite and time horizon. Developing a strategy with your financial adviser might make it easier achieve the return required to reach your financial goals.

Get in touch with Dev Sarker today on 1300 71 71 36 and start planning!