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The bushfire insurance loopholes you should know about

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2020
As we know, Australia has endured a disastrous summer, from devastating fires to damaging storms. Now those affected are left to clean up the mess, hopefully with the assistance of their insurers.   However, it’s been revealed in the last week that insurance policy holders whose properties are in “fire regions” may not have their policies automatically renewed.   This brings up all sorts of problems, including that “fire regions” is not particularly clearly defined.   Unsurprisingly there are also myriad loopholes and technicalities, including that coverage may exclude damage from heat, ash, soot or smoke in some circumstances.   It’s also likely that property and business owners in these “fire regions” will be made to pay an additional fire levy by their insurer to ensure their coverage.   The lesson here is that if you find yourself in a “fire region” you must have a very close look at your insurance, examine the ... Read the rest of entry »

Welcome to 2020!

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Hi and welcome to 2020! We hope you are well rested and refreshed to get the new decade off to a positive start. In many respects though, it has been a troubling and depressing summer with the horrendous bushfires causing devastation to communities, homes, humans and animals across the east coast. In addition, the world is now facing the rise of the coronavirus. All of these things continue to spook markets here and overseas, which up until recently had been at record highs.  Despite all this doom and gloom though, our outlook for the year ahead remains positive. As I have said on numerous occasions, when money is cheap due to low interest rates, money will continue to be invested in the share and property markets. I don’t see this changing any time soon. I also expect that we’ll see two further RBA interest rate cuts in Australia this year, taking our record low rates even lower, to 0.25%. I predict our dollar will probably fall to the mid-60s against the Greenback, Donald Trump will be ... Read the rest of entry »

2019: A year of unexpected twists and turns!

Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2019
2019 has been a year of unexpected outcomes.   On reflection, if you’d told me 12 months ago that we were going to have three interest rate cuts, Scott Morrison was going to win the election, and the property market was going to boom, I simply wouldn’t have believed you.   And yet, here we are.   2019 has brought three interest rate cuts, leaving us at all-time lows, and I’m expecting two more cuts in 2020.   2019 brought us a Scomo election victory that dusted fears around changes to negative gearing and franking credits, and brought with it tax relief.   2019 brought us a year of change and innovation, with services like HaloGo now delivering fuel to your doorstep on-demand, and Malvern Auto Tech doubling its car servicing business due to the enormous number of ride-sharing cars now on the road.   What 2019 didn’t bring however, was cost of living relief. Sure, you might feel a little wealthier because you’re paying a bit less mortgage ... Read the rest of entry »

Save some coin this Christmas: cut the crap

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Last Monday marked one month until Christmas day.   Christmas is a joyous time of year where we get to catch up with friends and family, and spend stupid amounts of money that we’re not prepared for, which will catch up to us come January.   That’s why the time is right to have a conversation with family and friends about the terms and conditions for buying each other gifts, so that you’re all on the same page.   In my view, there’s not a lot of point in adults buying other adults Christmas gifts that they don’t want, don’t need, and will probably never use. As a result, it might be an idea to save yourself some cash by suggesting a ‘kids only’ Christmas gift rule among your friends and family.   If you get major push-back on that, maybe suggest a Kris Kringle or Bad Santa type setup, where everyone buys one gift of a certain value, and everyone also receives just one.   If you get resistance to that idea as well, I’d sug ... Read the rest of entry »

It's time to take some financial advice from Millennials!

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Millennials cop a lot of flak for spending their cash on smashed avocado and holidays, rather than saving to buy a home. However there’s a new financially-savvy Millennial trend that’s putting the rest of us to shame: buy now, pay later. In the old days, it was called LayBy, but over the last decade or so people switched to credit cards to make purchases and pay for them later. Enter the new wave of buy now, pay later – things like AfterPay and Zip Pay – and they’re being lapped up by the younger generations. Why? One possible explanation is that younger people aren’t interested in being fleeced by banks in the form of credit card interest, which can often sit around the 20% mark. Also, they don’t want to run the risk of tarnishing their credit history by missing credit card payments, and have no interest in paying annual fees, merchant fees, or racking up frequent flyer points. What they do like is 10 weeks of no fees and no interest with these buy now, pay later ... Read the rest of entry »

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