Category: Freedom from worry

Different Horizons

“World stock markets have rounded off a wild and difficult year,” the article began, pointing to multiple uncertainties in a polarised US political system, a crisis–ridden Eurozone and a rapidly slowing Chinese economy. Does that sound familiar? That was from a calendar year wrap–up of markets published by BBC News on 30 December 2011, more […]

Financial Fuel Economy

I was never a mechanically-minded kid. At the start of year 9 in school, all students were required to choose from a list of elective classes.  The options were woodwork, metalwork or typing.  Every other boy in my year 9 class chose woodwork or metalwork. I chose typing. This wasn’t due to any foresight about […]

Living with Volatility, Again

Volatility is back. Just as many people were starting to think markets only ever move in one direction, the pendulum has swung back the other way. Anxiety is a completely natural response to these events. Acting on those emotions, though, can end up doing us more harm than good. There are several explanations from economists […]

Values-Based Retirement Planning

In the past, the transition to retirement has been viewed solely as an economic event. As a result, the focus of retirement planning has primarily been on building a nest egg. In The Late-Start Investor, author John Wasik recommends discarding this obsolete view in favor of a “flexible life plan that provides for financial, vocational, […]

Retirement Expectations

Retirement will trigger changes in every area of your life.  As you anticipate and prepare for this stage of life, you are likely to look forward to certain changes and to dread others. In fact, it is not uncommon for individuals to experience many ambivalent feelings towards retirement because of the significant transitions they anticipate. […]

How Much Should You Save for Retirement?

INTRODUCTION Most people ask themselves this question at some point in their working life (hopefully, relatively early). With the continued shift toward defined contribution plans, future retirees are being asked to take on more responsibility for their retirement outcomes than in the past. So the question is of vital importance. But do we have a […]

2018 Federal Budget Brief

Here’s a roundup of some of the key proposals put forward in last night’s Federal Budget. We take a look at how they might affect your financial goals — whether you’re starting out in your working life, building a career, having a family, or moving toward or living in retirement. Remember, at this stage these […]