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Home care: staying in your home for as long as you can

For many people, the thought of moving into a nursing home isn’t a particularly enticing prospect.

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What to do with your finances when you’re not able to travel

With Australia’s national borders having been locked down and domestic borders being slammed shut at a moment’s notice, travel has been off the agenda for the majority of us for the past 18 months.

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Four tips to get the new financial year off to a good start

The start of a new financial year is a great time to take stock of your finances. Here, our Executive Director John McIlroy shares his four tips for starting the new financial year on the front foot.

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Changes to superannuation guarantee

There was pre-budget speculation that the Government might alter the time table for increases in the compulsory super contributions.

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Are you maximising your super contributions? Now’s the time to act

With the End of Financial Year fast approaching, now’s a good time to review your super contributions – here’s what you need to know.

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Childcare subsidy increase: gamechanger or not?

Proposed changes to the childcare rebate scheme grabbed post-budget headlines – but are they going to have any real effect?

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The financial consideration of aged care

When someone moves into aged care, the facility will usually ask for full payment of the Refundable Accommodation Deposit, which prompts people to sell their home or assets in order to finance. What the aged-care facilities don’t always tell you, however, is that full payment upfront is rarely the only option.

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Generating income in a low-rate environment

With cash rates at near zero, term deposits at historical lows and short-term government bonds at a little above zero, many investors are questioning where to get a reasonable income return without taking too much risk. Crystal Wealth Executive Director John McIlroy assesses the options.

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The pension changes you need to know about

The rules and regulations regarding how you can use your super to fund your retirement are often tweaked and changed – even more so as the Government create ways of helping people minimise the financial impact of COVID-19, so it’s important to keep abreast of how those changes may affect you. Here’s what you need to know.

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Super contributions update 2021

A number of changes have been made to how you can contribute to your super fund – including changes to the work test requirements and concessional contribution catch-ups.

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