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Time to think ahead

First Super will soon be sending out your annual member statement. The pack will have full details of your super account, investment performance, and any insurance benefits for the 2019/20 financial year. You’ll also receive a Full-Time newsletter with a message from CEO Bill Watson and other useful updates. During October, you will receive your […]

Australians’ credit scores have always been under a microscope, but the pandemic has only added to the scrutiny. The scores are key to borrowers proving their reliability when applying for loans – and given banks have tightened their lending criteria, having a good credit score can make or break a life-changing deal. But more often […]

September usually heralds the start of warmer weather, longer days and a seasonal clean-out of our homes. But beyond whipping out a duster in a show of springtime TLC, money experts say the same approach can be applied to personal finance. Finder money specialist Taylor Blackburn said polishing up an assortment of financial staples can […]

If you earn below $54,837 a year, you could be eligible for a super co-contribution of up to $500. It’s a great way to grow your super without having to do it all yourself. Here’s how it works. The Government Co-contribution Put a little extra money into your super before the end of the financial […]

Saving and paying down debt have become national pastimes as Australia enters its first recession in nearly three decades.   Amid revelations of a record economic contraction, household spending fell by $35.2 billion in the three months to June 30 while household savings rose by a whopping $42 billion.  Fitzpatricks Private Wealth certified financial planner Randall Stout said […]

New research from Industry Super Australia (ISA) claims industry super funds (like First Super) plan to invest $33 billion in the economy over the next five years, playing a crucial role in the country’s financial recovery from coronavirus. The planned investment is expected to stimulate business activity and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.   However, these plans could be affected if the Federal Government backflips on a legislated rise in the superannuation guarantee (SG) rate. Between now and 2025, the SG […]

Financial support beyond super

It can be overwhelming making financial decisions right now, especially if you’re struggling with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. But seeking help and taking action now can go a long way to getting things under control and, eventually, back on track.   Check out these websites and online tools for a helping hand:  MoneySmart outlines steps you can take to look after yourself and your money, including making super and investment decisions, accessing […]

Connecting safely online

Do you know how to spot an online scam? What about how to sell your products safely online? With more of us working from home, the eSafety Commissioner is hosting free webinar presentations on a range of topics to help Australians use the internet confidently and safely. While the webinars are primarily aimed at older Australians, anyone looking to upskill or protect […]