Finance

Welcome to the YOURLifeChoices Finance page, where we feature the latest money news and updates. We can help you with information on cancelling contracts, choosing the right credit card, making a will and why you might consider a Power of Attorney.

Superannuation is an important part of your retirement planning. Did you know there is hundreds of millions of lost super money just waiting to be claimed? Use the link to the lost super site to see if you have unclaimed funds.

We can also help you save your money and manage your finances better both before and after retirement and during the transition to retirement.

 

 

 

ASIC reviews One Big Switch

ASIC reviews One Big Switch

One Big Switch is under review by ASIC.

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Would you share your home?

Would you share your home?

Homeshare offers cost-effective living for young and older Australians.

Save with these budgeting apps

Save with these budgeting apps

Get to know your spending habits with one of these free budgeting apps.

Should you downsize?

Should you downsize?

There can be many reasons to downsize your home, but should you do it?

Is deeming rate cut on the cards?

Is deeming rate cut on the cards?

The RBA has cut the cash rate to a record low of two per cent.

Is bankruptcy the only option?

Is bankruptcy the only option?

Is this extreme course of action the only answer?

Your credit score explained

Your credit score explained

Most of us know we have a credit score – even if we don’t know ...

Superannuation

Super funds face major reforms

Super funds will undergo a major shake up after new reforms announced late last night.

New super rules

Super guarantee after 65

Pauline has heard that she may not be entitled to super from her employer.

No more super?

Aussies accessing super early

The rate of approval for early access to superannuation is increasing.

Aussies are cashing in

Banking & Investment

Do your investments pass the test?

Before you move your money, there are three questions you should ask.

Ask yourself this…

Super or high-interest account?

Gaye would like to know if super is a good alternative to a high-interest account.

Is super the answer?

Common investment mistakes

Do you make any of these common investment mistakes?

Do you make these?

Credit Cards

CHOICE calls on banks to be fair

CHOICE has called on the banks to pass on the latest RBA rate cut to credit card holders.

Cutting credit card rates

Christmas credit card safety

It’s often easy to miss fraudulent transactions on your credit cards over the festive period.

Top 10 safety tips

Banish Christmas credit card woes

Here are five tips to save you from a New Year credit hangover.

Do you have a canny tip?

Property

Should you downsize?

There can be many reasons to downsize your home, but should you do it?

Stay big or go small?

Is property a good investment?

Considering buying an investment property, but is this still the best way to make money?

Safe as houses?

Tax implications of renting a room

Margaret wants to know how renting out a room will affect her tax liability.

Will I pay CGT?

Insurance

Superannuation and life insurance

Life insurance within and outside of superannuation explained.

Which option is right?

The Good Time are back

Apia is proud to present the 2015 Apia Good Times Tour – back, bigger and better than ever.

Get your groove on

Health cover designed for over 50s

Now’s the right time to check if your cover reflects your changing needs.

Flexible health cover

Legal & General

Ama receives $170,000 compensation

Ama was involved in a car accident that caused nasty injuries to her knee and leg.

Ama's payout

The world of personal injury law

Getting advice from a good lawyer is the key to making sure you get compensation.

Meet Henry Carus

Are you entitled to compensation?

It’s important that you know what to do when accidents occur.

Can you get compensation?

Mortgage & Home Loans

Can I sell my home to my son?

June would like to sell her home to her son as a vendor financier.

How does it work?

Reverse mortgage or line of credit

Should you take out a reverse mortgage or line of credit?

Releasing your equity

Locking in low interest rates

Is it worth looking to fix your rate?

Interest rates explained

Seniors Finance

New relationship, new Will?

Rod Cunich explains the consequences of relationship changes on your Will.

Read more

Super – who gets what?

How can you make sure your family receive your fortune?

Get it right

Can I get financial assistance?

Is there an alternative to the high interest loans you often sees advertised?

Don’t get trapped

Finance News

Will cash be obsolete in 10 years?

Research reveals cash will become obsolete within the next five to 10 years.

The death of cash

Five ways shops make you spend

Five ways retailers trick you into spending more.

Know the tricks

Five best ways to cut power costs

Five best ways to reduce the ‘idle load’ cost of your power bill.

Save power, save money

News

Will cash be obsolete in 10 years?

Research reveals cash will become obsolete within the next five to 10 years.

The death of cash

Five ways shops make you spend

Five ways retailers trick you into spending more.

Know the tricks

Super guarantee after 65

Pauline has heard that she may not be entitled to super from her employer.

No more super?

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From 1 July 2011, the Low Income Household Rebate replaced the Energy rebate, and is paid at the rate of $200 per annum.

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Save your superannuation

Australians on average having four super accounts, this can be a large proportion of your retirement income. Now is the time to consider consolidating your superannuation.

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Managing your money doesn’t get any easier as you get older, but there are certain money milestones of which you can take advantage.

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What to ask a financial adviser

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