Over recent decades there has been a digital transformation and managing your money is more often completed with a few clicks on a keyboard, rather than a weekly trip to your local bank branch.
Technology and managing your money
Do you have an emergency fund?
If we’ve learned anything from the last few years, it’s that we can’t predict the future. It doesn’t have to be a pandemic; perhaps you unexpectedly lose your job, or you fall sick. This is when an emergency fund becomes incredibly valuable.
Millennials and money
Can you believe that millennials have started turning forty? This generation, born from 1981 to 1996, now make up almost half of Australia’s workforce, and numerous research studies have looked at millennials and money.
Setting financial goals before retirement
Financial goals often focus specifically on retirement… making sure you have enough superannuation to support your ideal lifestyle. And while this is undoubtedly incredibly important, it doesn’t need to be your only target.
How a personal financial adviser can make a difference in your life
Keeping on top of your finances can seem pretty overwhelming. A personal financial adviser can make a difference in your life and help you make the most of what you have.
How to boost your finances post COVID
The last two years have been tough for millions of Australians. But now that we are starting to find our way out of the dramatic lockdowns and life is somewhat returning to normal, what can you do to boost your finances?
LGBTQI+ couples and their financial rights
On 9 December 2017, the Government amended the Marriage Act 1961 and legalised same-sex marriage. But when it comes to LGBTQI+ couples and their financial rights, there can still be some confusion.
Loan borrowing power vs lifestyle
The world of credit and borrowing money is a tightly regulated industry. Lenders are required to comply with ‘responsible lending conduct’, and they have strict obligations. Your lifestyle can affect your loan borrowing power.
What to think about when combining finances in marriage
Being in love is a wonderful feeling, and as your relationship develops, you and your partner might start to discuss how you can merge your separate lives. But when it comes to combining finances in marriage there is a lot to consider.
How a financial adviser can help business owners
It’s not unusual for business owners to have competing priorities. But seeking the services of a professional financial adviser can help a business owner bring their personal financial security back to the forefront of their mind.
Financial tips for students
When you are a student you are deep in the throes of learning about your chosen subjects… but this is also the time to form some great money management habits. We have some great financial tips for students.
Do I need a financial adviser?
Seeking professional advice can be beneficial when you want to maximise your wealth building opportunities, and this is when you might ask yourself ‘do I need a financial adviser?’ They can provide you with guidance on how to secure your financial future.
Tax implications of employee share schemes
Many corporations utilise employee share schemes as workplace incentives. They are an effective way to encourage retention and motivate employees to do their best for the organisation. But there are potential tax implications you need to know about.
Are you buying a house in 2021?
While the initial impact of COVID-19 slowed the property market last year, it has certainly bounced back, and consumer confidence appears strong. With that in mind, we look at some of the factors to consider if you are buying a house in 2021.
Women and finances
Financial freedom – it’s something everyone wants. But for many women, finances can pose a challenge. No matter where you are in your life right now, it’s essential that you take control today and start planning for the future.
Financial planning for life stages
Proper financial planning for various life stages and milestones can reduce the stress and anxiety and give you the confidence to transition through these milestones with ease and clarity. Learn more about how First Financial can help you prepare.
Fixed vs variable mortgage interest rates
Mortgage interest rates have been a hot topic of conversation for many years. We’ve been experiencing some of the lowest figures ever seen and the Australian property market has continued to soar, despite the economic woes of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Financial wellbeing and your health
We all know that to live a healthy lifestyle, you have to eat well and exercise regularly… but another important element of the healthy life model is your financial wellbeing. Improving your financial position can help reduce stress and support your overall health.
How to tackle post-holiday debt
This holiday season has been unlike any other. With COVID-19 restrictions still impacting our daily lives and the usual overseas travel options unavailable, we’ve taken to our own backyards to celebrate.
Family finances and tough conversations
Discussing money matters with loved ones can be hard… in fact for many people, the topic of family finances can be a daunting one to approach. Whether it’s your partner, your children or even your parents, it can be a difficult conversation to start.
Protecting your finances during separation
It’s important that you take steps early on to secure your financial position by seeking appropriate legal and financial advice. You need to make sure that you receive your entitlements and that there is a fair separation of assets.
Financial planning for major life milestones
Throughout our lives, we have many significant moments that help to shape who we are and how we live. Financial planning for major life milestones can help keep us moving forward and support our financial security for many years ahead.
Business succession planning
Proactive business succession planning is critical, especially as an ever-increasing number of baby boomer business owners approach retirement. We take a closer look at succession planning and David Pitt discusses the role buy/sell insurance can play.
Do you have adult children living at home?
Whether your kids are boomeranging back, or they are yet to leave home, it’s important that you set expectations and create practical boundaries within your household. The truth is… your kids aren’t really kids anymore, so you should resist the urge to fall back into full parent mode.
The power of a financial adviser during uncertain times
During challenging times, it can be extremely beneficial to have a trusted financial adviser. Someone who knows your personal situation and can help you navigate the uncertainty with sound advice and professional assurance.
Why writing a Will is so important
Have you thought about how you would like your estate to be distributed? What do you want to happen to your assets when you’ve gone? Do you want your grandchildren to benefit… or do you have a favourite charity you would like to support?
Tax time 2020
The end of the financial year is almost here… and that means it’s tax time! With 2020 being an extraordinary year, the ATO is already expecting that this tax season will be like nothing ever experienced before.
How to deal with redundancy
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.
Seven tips to help reduce your expenses
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.
The real value of good financial advice
“Financial peace of mind doesn’t just happen… it takes planning, it takes long-term commitment.” Ben Rossi, Principal and Managing Director, has helped many people over the decades. He knows just how valuable good financial advice can be when planning for your future.
Power of Attorney…what you need to know
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?
Financial considerations for the self-employed
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.
Change your mindset and plan for your future
The mind is a funny thing… it can push you forward to achieve great feats or it can pull you down into a state of inaction. Your mindset is incredibly important when it comes to your wealth building because the right mindset certainly helps you achieve financial success.
The sandwich generation
Do you have ageing parents that you support while also caring for dependent children? Every dollar given away today could impact your own financial security in your retirement years, and perpetuating financial instability is the last thing you want to do.
Finding the right financial adviser
When you start to focus on your finances and think about what you want your future to look like, it is very important that you find the right person to help you along your path.
Tips for home buyers
Buying a home is an incredibly exciting time! It can be the beginning of a new chapter in life… you have found your dream home in the perfect suburb and you are ready to embrace the home-owner lifestyle.
Financial tips for wealth builders
Right now is the best time to start planning for your future. The greatest advantage of starting young is time. The compounding of small investments initially makes a remarkable difference over a long period of time.
First Financial Adviser Nicole Costa shares her career journey
Nicole Costa has worked her way up through the ranks at First Financial to her current position of financial adviser. She’s the perfect example of how we foster our in-house talent through our financial adviser training.
How to become an everyday philanthropist
At First Financial, we know that for many of our clients giving back to their community is an important part of their lives. It gives us great joy to know that our work as financial advisers goes some way to helping our clients act on their passion to give to others.
Savings: Why Starting Early Safeguards your Financial Future
Committing to a savings plan early in life is one of the key components to building wealth and reaching your financial goals. It’s also a lot easier to achieve than you might think. Right now, finding extra cash to save each month might seem difficult.
A Guide to Helping your Children buy a Home
It’s no secret that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for young Australians to buy their first home. So, it should come as no surprise that many parents are looking for ways to help their adult children take that first step onto the property ladder.
Losing your Partner
Losing your partner changes your life. We don’t begin to presume to understand such a difficult time. But when it comes to your finances, we can offer support and expert advice.
Spotlight on Financial Planners
The ongoing findings of the Banking Commission have cast a cloud over the respectability of the financial planning industry. We accept that’s understandable in light of what is being exposed. We, too, want answers for those retirees and investors who have been misled and, in some cases, financially ruined.