How parents can prepare for the cost of education in Australia

Education is a vital investment in your child’s future, but it can also be a significant financial burden for those who are unprepared. One study shows that although a large majority of Australian parents believe that education plays a significant role in their...[Read More]

Heard Financial International Women’s Day Lunch

International Women's Day is a global day celebrated on 8th March each year celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women's Day has occurred for well over a century with the first IWD gathering in 1911. This...[Read More]

How changes in interest rates affect retirees and first-home buyers

Interest rates in Australia have a significant impact on the economy, with effects felt by a range of individuals, including retirees and first-home buyers. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) sets these rates, with changes influenced by a range of factors, including...[Read More]

The multifaceted roles of Financial Advisers today

Most people view financial advisers as investment managers whose job is primarily to select investments and ensure their clients get a certain level of returns. However, the role of a financial adviser goes far beyond this conventional notion. These days, the value...[Read More]

Know the benefits and uses of the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

The Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) is a government-funded program in Australia that provides eligible seniors with access to a range of healthcare services and concessions.  The program is designed to assist seniors in managing the costs of healthcare and...[Read More]

Renovations to add value to flipping houses

If you’re investing in real estate for resale, you need to know what types of renovations to prioritise. This can help your property create some buzz in the market, with a price you can easily justify to serious buyers. Struggling with what improvements you need...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – five charts on investing to keep in mind in rough times like now

Key points – Successful investing can be really difficult in times like now with immense uncertainty around inflation, interest rates, issues in global banks and recession risks impacting the outlook for investment markets. – This makes it all the more important...[Read More]

Weekly market update-Investment markets & key developments

Global share markets had a volatile week with ongoing worries about banking contagion, but managed to rise helped by some settling of concerns in the US and hopes that central banks are near the top on rates. For the week US shares gained 1.4%, Eurozone shares rose...[Read More]

Inflation slows ahead of crunch interest rates decision

Inflation has softened for the second month in a row, building the case for an interest rate pause when the Reserve Bank board meets next week. Consumer prices lifted 6.8 per cent in the 12 months to February, sinking from 7.4 per cent annual growth in January. Another...[Read More]

Family law reform to fix ‘complex and confusing’ system

Children will be put at the centre of proposed law reforms to make court processes for separating families simpler and safer. Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the current parenting framework in the Family Law Act was complex, confusing and in some cases led to unsafe...[Read More]

Tax experts to gather for independent summit

Changing Australia’s tax policies to improve the economy, boost wages and balance the budget will be at the heart of a summit to be held in Canberra. Independent MP Allegra Spender has organised a tax roundtable at Parliament House on Friday bringing together some of...[Read More]

Women underpaid $1.3 billion in super over a year

Australian women were underpaid $1.3 billion in superannuation over 12 months thanks to a little-known law from the 1990s. About one in five women did not receive the full amount of superannuation owed to them in the 2019-2020 financial year, according to a new report...[Read More]

Labor backs $15b fund to breathe new life into industry

The future of manufacturing in the country has been secured by the passing of the government’s reconstruction fund, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says. The $15 billion fund passed the Senate on Tuesday night, after the government’s signature investment vehicle...[Read More]

Spending slows as households start to shut up shop

A tepid lift in retail sales suggests squeezed household budgets are keeping shoppers away from big-ticket items but consumers aren’t fully boycotting the shops just yet. Official retail sales rose a modest 0.2 per cent in February in line with consensus forecasts,...[Read More]

Australian solar power production goes through the roof

Rooftop solar systems supplied more electricity to Australia during last summer than brown coal, setting a record, the Clean Energy Council says. The systems also provided more energy to the grid than all other renewable sources, including grid-scale wind farms and...[Read More]