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Time to think ahead

If the halfway mark of 2017 sees your savings looking a little lean, you could be caught in one of five money traps.  We identify the hurdles reported by Aussie savers and how to overcome them. As the end of the financial year approaches, now is the ideal time to check your savings progress. If […]

An offer to help you get your superannuation money early might seem like a great idea. But if you agree to it you could end up in a lot of trouble, according to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Andrew Jewell, First Super’s Financial Advice & Education Manager explains the changes to the Concessional Contributions Cap and what it means to your Super. Recently, some members have been asking me what impact the reduction in the Concessional Contribution cap will have on their salary sacrifice contributions. There is a wider implication especially where the […]

While there is no need to use a lawyer to make an insurance claim through your super fund, some people decide to do so. That means it’s important to know when to involve a lawyer and what to watch out for when hiring a lawyer. There is no need to use a lawyer to lodge […]

Measures to tackle home affordability were a key focus of this year’s Federal Budget, along with a company tax cut, an increase in the Medicare levy, changes to school funding models and the introduction of a new bank levy. There were no other major superannuation changes announced, though it is worth keeping in mind that […]

If you don’t pay your credit card off each month, follow these simple steps to take control of debt.  Are you a ‘revolver’ or a ‘transactor’? Credit card holders can be largely divided into two camps – revolvers, who don’t pay off their card in full each month, and transactors, who always pay off their […]

Almost a third of Australian workers are being shortchanged on their super, a joint study by Industry Super Australia and Cbus report has claimed. The sheer scale of unpaid super is affecting thousands of a comfortable retirement and has prompted the Federal Government to investigate. Employers must contribute at least 9.5 per cent to the […]

Now is the time of year when many of us receive multiple super statements. We can think about rolling all of the accounts into one, but it may never happen. It somehow slipped into the too hard or too busy basket. When you receive more than one super statement, it’s time to consolidate. There are […]