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Our Investment Philosophy endures market downturns

Posted on May 7, 2020 by First Financial

During March and April, we have seen acute market volatility, and for many investors this has been cause for concern. But at First Financial, our unique Investment Philosophy has helped to minimise the effect on our clients’ portfolios.

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How to deal with redundancy

Posted on April 29, 2020 by First Financial

Redundancy can be a life changing experience filled with many mixed emotions. The uncertainty of unemployment can feel overwhelming, but by taking control of your finances you can secure your lifestyle today and into the future.

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COVID-19 Market update 9 April 2020

Posted on April 14, 2020 by First Financial

Since writing our last investment update to you on 30 March, most investment market indices are roughly at the same point. Read our full market update from 9 April 2020.

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The removal of “agreed value” income protection policies

Posted on April 14, 2020 by First Financial

Agreed value income protection policies have been costing Australian insurers dearly. So much so, that the industry regulator, APRA, intervened in December 2019 to put into effect several changes.

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Is withdrawing from superannuation the right decision?

Posted on April 8, 2020 by First Financial

The Federal Government announced a broad range of stimulus benefits… but there is one measure that should be considered carefully before being utilised. Early access to superannuation could have significant long-term consequences that outweigh the relief it provides today.

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Seven tips to help reduce your expenses

Posted on April 3, 2020 by First Financial

Reducing expenses and saving money might seem like an impossible task in the current climate… but there are some practical steps you can take today to help create habits that will benefit you far into the future.

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Summary of the Government stimulus benefits

Posted on March 26, 2020 by First Financial

In response to the impact of the coronavirus, the Federal Government has released a stimulus package designed to financially support millions of Australians. We review key elements of the stimulus that are relevant to our clients.

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Share market update as at Friday 13th March 2020

Posted on March 16, 2020 by First Financial

As we sit here after close on Friday the 13th – the last three weeks have seen almost all global markets shed 25% and oil drop 50%. It seems clear global markets have caught the Coronavirus…

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First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

Posted on March 16, 2020 by First Financial

Housing affordability is a national issue and the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is designed to enable people to purchase their first home with a deposit of just 5%, without the need for lender’s mortgage insurance.

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Happiness in retirement

Posted on March 13, 2020 by First Financial

Happiness… the state of being happy, cheerful, contented. Enjoying a pleasurable or satisfying experience. It is definitely something that we all strive for – to be happy. And when we reach our retirement, we really want to make sure that we achieve it!

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