Is off-the-plan on the money?

With rising house prices, is buying off-the-plan for capital growth a good idea? When it comes to property investing, or any investment, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.  AMP Capital’s Dr Shane Oliver suggests going in with your eyes open.  Reasons to buy off-the-plan Benefits can exist in ...
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Money can buy you happiness, you’re just spending it wrong

This is the view of Dr Michael Norton from Harvard Business School. Michael’s research indicates that money can indeed make you happy if you use it to buy experiences, time, or invest in others.  Buying experiences – when we buy experiences, we don’t just buy the duration of that experience. Michael’s ...
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5 ways Australians will use their tax return this year

With nearly one in three people planning to save their tax return, have you considered what you might do with yours?  This year more than 75% of Australians expect to receive a tax return, with a large portion of the population planning to use the money they receive to take ...
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Let’s talk about money not sex

When it comes to analysing the state of Australian relationships, you can forget the bedroom. The really revealing behaviour takes place behind closed bank accounts.  It is no secret that money is often at the heart of divorce and family disputes. Money has certainly not bought love for Australia’s richest ...
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Budgeting on a growing family

Having children is a rite of passage that brings a mix of joy, fulfilment and anxiety when the financial realities of raising kids become apparent. Parents must make difficult decisions about housing, education and lifestyle to keep the family budget in the black and to give their kids the best ...
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