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Losing Interest? Well, It Could be 2024 Before Things Change.

Earlier this month, Australia’s Reserve Bank dropped their target for interest rates to its lowest rate ever. This has dampened interest rates across the economy – as you will have noticed if you are a borrower or a saver. Rates will stay low for at least three years, so now is a great time to review your financial plan to make best use of these low rates.

Income Protection #3 – Nothing Lasts Forever

Changes are happening to income protection insurance. In recent weeks we have discussed two major changes happening in the income protection world. This week, we discuss the third change, which affects the duration of an existing policy.

Income Protection #2 – 70% is the new 75%

Changes are happening to income protection insurance. One of the main changes has already taken effect and we discussed it in an article two weeks ago. There are two more major changes, the first of which we discuss this week. We will discuss the final change next week.

Income Protection #1 – Indemnity, Indemnity, Indemnity!

Changes are happening to income protection insurance. One of the main changes has already taken effect, with a couple of others slated for 2021. This article will discuss the changes that have already taken place and we will publish a couple of articles in November discussing the changes that are yet to come.

The 2020 Budget for Businesses

This week we bring you our analysis of the ways in which the recent Budget will impact on businesses. The main avenue for assisting business is an expansion of the instant asset write-off scheme that has been in operation for a few years now. Support for employment is also expanded – and there is even a little bit of support for businesses that try to help staff who they have had to make redundant.

The 2020 Budget for Households

This week we bring you our analysis of the ways in which the recent Budget will impact on households. The main impact will be for working people who will enjoy a series of tax cuts, but there is also some relief for people on income support due to age or disability and some incentives for employers to hire people on income support due to unemployment.

What’s All This About Deficits?

This week we finally received the 2020 Commonwealth Budget that was initially expected in May 2020. As expected, this is a whopper of a Budget and we will look at much of its content over coming weeks. This is our usual move, as it allows us time to fully digest what the Budget has to offer. For this week, we will focus on the part of the Budget that is generating the most headlines: the deficit. According to Treasurer Frydenberg, the Commonwealth expects a Budget deficit of $213 billion in the current financial year.

How Not to Argue Over Money

If you live with someone you love, then this week we want to offer you some light-hearted but useful advice to avoid arguments about money. After all, successfully managing money together calls for as much tolerance and good humour as all the other parts of life that couples need to negotiate. If you can keep smiling, everything becomes a lot easier.

Good Thinking Makes for The Best Financial Decisions

Good financial management is all about good decision making. This week, we discuss a simple way to help yourself make better decisions. Given that most of the country will remain in some form of lockdown for the foreseeable future, it is a method that makes even more sense for those of whose lifestyles have been seriously disrupted.

General Advice Warning

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