First Financial Blog
John’s rock and roll retirementPosted on November 8, 2019 by First Financial
John Leahey’s passion for music has filled his life. From a child who watched his father entertain friends, through his university band years and now still gigging in retirement, soulful melodies have always been his soundtrack.
We talked to him about his music and how smart management of his superannuation has given him the freedom to pursue his passion and live his dream retirement.READ MORE
How to recognise a scamPosted on November 6, 2019 by First Financial
The ACCC’s Scamwatch website currently states there have been 131,615 scam reports in 2019… equating to over $106 million lost. The statistics indicate that even though there is regular media coverage and general scam alerts… many people are still susceptible.
We highlight some of the most recent scams that could affect you.
Record low interest ratesPosted on October 28, 2019 by First Financial
There’s no doubt that current interest rates are unlike anything we’ve ever experienced in Australia before.
We spoke with Graeme Quinlan, Senior Adviser and head of the First Financial Investment Committee, about the cause and impact of the low rates. Plus, he discusses how to maintain income from investments during this volatile time.
Infrastructure as an Asset ClassPosted on October 15, 2019 by First Financial
With so much constant activity within the infrastructure sector, it can be beneficial for investors to treat infrastructure as a separate asset class for investment, rather than lumping it in with the equities part of their portfolios.READ MORE
Embracing retirement alonePosted on October 11, 2019 by First Financial
While many of us expect to enter our retirement as part of a couple, there are also many people who find themselves newly single at this point in their lives.
After a divorce there are new challenges ahead for retirement planning but there are also positive aspects that can have a beneficial impact on your wellbeing.
Power of Attorney…what you need to knowPosted on October 7, 2019 by First Financial
Personal estate planning is an incredibly important undertaking. We all appreciate the significance of creating a will and making sure there’s a formal plan for our affairs when the inevitable occurs… but do you also have a Power of Attorney?READ MORE
Current world events and your investmentsPosted on October 1, 2019 by First Financial
With a 24-hour news cycle constantly reporting on any small shift in tariffs, a disruption of commodity supply or even a late-night political tweet, it’s not surprising that financial markets are fluctuating.READ MORE
SoKo Designs… crafting the ideal retirementPosted on September 17, 2019 by First Financial
Shirley O’Connor and her daughter Kathleen O’Connor-Lee started SoKo Designs over a decade ago. The bespoke baby linen venture has grown from its humble beginnings to have a dedicated regular client base and provide an extra source of income. We talked to Kathleen about how the business has helped Shirley enjoy her retirement.READ MORE
Financial considerations for the self-employedPosted on September 16, 2019 by First Financial
Running your own business can be extremely rewarding. Being your own boss and knowing that all the effort you put in goes towards your success… for many people this is a dream come true. But, how would you manage if something happened and you couldn’t work for a few months?READ MORE
What is ethical investing?Posted on September 11, 2019 by First Financial
As ethical issues such as climate change gain attention in the media, more people are considering the impact of their investment decisions. Ethical investing has been named a major trend in the financial industry in 2019.READ MORE