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12 best ways to make money in 2021

12 best ways to make money in 2021

We all know 2020 was a year like no other. It was a year defined by Covid-19, self-isolation and the resulting global recession. A pandemic that brought the global economy to its knees. But dozens of experts believe 2021 will be defined by the reopening of the Australian – if not global – economy. So…
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5 questions to ask yourself before you buy an investment property

5 questions to ask yourself before you buy an investment property

Australia is navigating a pandemic induced recession, property prices have fallen in many locations and interest rates are at record lows. Naturally, you may be asking yourself, ‘Should I be investing in the property market?’. Everyone has different reasons for getting into the market, such as wanting to reduce your tax or because friends and…
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Surprising age most Aussies buy a home

Surprising age most Aussies buy a home

It’s the Australian dream: buy a house young, be successful forever. But how many of us actually buy a house young? Not many, new research shows. First home buyers in Australia are closer to 40 than 20, according to new data from Money.co.uk, so if you’re feeling left behind – don’t. In Australia, the average first…
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Elderly womans 10 million surprise for neighbours

Elderly woman’s $10 million surprise for neighbours

An elderly German woman who died in late 2019 has bequeathed her entire $10 million stock and property portfolio to her community in a shock move. Renate Wedel died at 81 after living in the Weiperfelden district of Waldsolms in Hesse since 1975 with her stockbroker husband, Alfred, who died in 2014 at 88. Following…
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Mistake Government mulls major change to your retirement money

‘Mistake’: Government mulls major change to your retirement money

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if all Australians reached retirement with a saving pool sufficiently large that it gave them complete financial security? By that, it means retirees having the financial independence to live off those accumulated savings and never having to draw on the age pension. For individuals, it would be liberating. The benefits to…
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7 ways your job will be totally different in 2021

7 ways your job will be totally different in 2021

If you worked in an office 9-to-5, five days a week before Covid-19 hit, you’re probably working from home most days now. You can also be fairly confident your next job won’t demand you go in five days a week. Instead, experts expect the new ‘normal’ will be a ‘hybrid’ work model, in which employees…
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House prices to rise in 2021 despite recession global pandemic

House prices to rise in 2021 despite recession, global pandemic

Back in September 2018, well before Covid-19 and a global recession came along, the house price ‘disaster’ merchants were vocal about the risks for a ‘crash’ or ‘collapse’ in house prices. One such perpetual house price gloomster, Martin North from DFA, was actually on a 60 Minutes TV program where he said there was a 40 to…
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What makes men and women different on money

What makes men and women different on money

“Ask for what you want, and what you think you deserve.” That’s the advice to women on pay, money and career from star fund manager Olivia Engel. Engel, who moved from Sydney to Boston in 2017, is the chief investment officer at Active Quant at State Street Global Advisors – the same major financial institution behind the…
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Taking care of your castle

Taking care of your castle

Wealth accumulation can be as simple as putting aside money each week into a high-interest savings account, paying down your debts, or building a diversified investment portfolio inside or outside of superannuation. Does the family home also come into mind when considering your personal wealth? According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics*, owner occupied dwellings are…
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