Your Finances and Living the Dream

October 17, 2017

Recent research links living the dream with financial planning Recent research from the Financial Planning Association of Australia indicates that Australians enjoy dreaming about their future and believe in their ability to create the life they want, but only 23% believe that they are living the dream. The report suggests that the people most likely […]

Pre-Retirement – Re-contribution is still alive, but the timing is essential

September 11, 2017

Numerous superannuation strategies can be developed to enhance an individual’s position prior to retirement. Here we look at one of them, called the ‘re-contribution strategy’. Re-contribution is an alternative strategy to rolling super into a pension. In this case, one takes a lump sum out of super first and then puts the money back into […]

Understanding Residential Aged Care

August 14, 2017

Who is it for? Residential Aged Care is generally for older people who for various reasons can no longer live at home. Living in an aged care home provides assistance with day to day tasks, personal care or 24-hour nursing care. It also provides access to social activities. User pays system Australia has one of […]

Super Magic and Social Security Considerations in Retirement – Case Study

July 20, 2017

Usually retirement means the end of formal employment or the selling of a business. For most people, it will mean the end of a regular income through salary/wages or business income. The purpose of retirement planning is then to ensure that people will have a certain quality of life in their retirement. Each person will […]

How Much Do You Need In Retirement?

June 1, 2017

Australians aged 55–64 will typically retire with a median* superannuation account of $105,900 according to a recent ABS data1. The reason it is so low is that widespread superannuation did not come into place until the mid-1990s. At age 64 men have, on average, more than 20 years to live and women around 23 years […]

Alex Lukashenok Joins Aspire

May 5, 2017

It is with great pleasure that we introduce our new Financial Adviser, Alex Lukashenok, who has joined our Aspire team. We are proud to have known Alex for the past 14 years and see him as a competent, articulate adviser with a passion for helping people navigate the financial maze surrounding them to ensure their […]

Topping Up Super Tax Effectively – A Third Option for Employees

March 23, 2017

If you work as an employee, chances are your employer is already putting money into superannuation for you.  When the employer puts this money into superannuation, they get a tax deduction because, to them, it is a cost of running a business.  If the person or business putting money into superannuation is getting a tax […]

The Golden Rule

February 8, 2017

One of the challenges we face today is that we tend to become less patient.  Fast food, fast internet, instant messaging and pay-wave.  Gone are the days of purchasing with lay-by or saving first.  Instead, we have credit cards, buy now–pay later arrangements and payday lenders.  With spending, it’s easy to see how our impatience […]

Fiscal Habits for a New Year

January 11, 2017

With Christmas and New Years rapidly fading into the past, many people are left with a New Year Hangover.  The focus in January becomes getting back into shape, both physically (if they’ve indulged a little too much) and financially (as the credit card statements arrive and they return to work).  You can’t get back into […]

Christmas 2016

December 22, 2016

Once more, the year is nearly finished when it feels like it has only just started. With Christmas fast approaching, we would like to take this opportunity to  wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year as we head into 2017. As always, each year tends to throw up some surprises […]