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Will you outlive your money, or will your money outlive you?

Australians are living longer and this has the potential to reshape the way we have traditionally planned for retirement.

Father-of-one says he “struggles” on $300K

Phil, a 31-year-old IT sales and development manager says “life would be impossible” on anything less than his $300,000 annual income. Earning more than three times the national average, it’s hard to feel sorry for Phil … but his story is more common than you might think.

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Spending squeeze on home ownership dream

The road to owning your own home used to be a relatively straightforward one. However with recent changes to the way banks assess a borrower’s ability to service home loan repayments, your borrowing capacity may have dropped by up to 40%.

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This one thing could save you from financial ruin

How can you go from earning $150 million in 15 years, to being millions of dollars in debt? Quite easily it seems if you’re American actor Nicolas Cage, whose extravagant lifestyle and eccentric investments left his finances looking more like a horror story than a heroic Hollywood adventure.

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This tax hack could boost your super before June 30

It’s that time of year again when everyone and their accountant start suggesting the best ways to supersize your tax return. Did you know, for instance, that extra payments towards your retirement nest egg can actually help send more cash your way now?

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Out of time

A few years ago I made the decision to pay someone to mow my lawn. To be honest, I never enjoyed doing it myself but as our family started to grow (from one child, then two, followed by a third) I had less and less time to spend.

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FOMO as an investment strategy

Fear of missing out (FOMO) can also be a fear of regret or missed opportunity – a fact I’ve been reminded of this summer with the continued rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

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The royal commission we had to have

The Federal Government will be opening the vault on banking practices across the country as part of a Royal Commission into the sector announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month.

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