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Invest in your future

Feeling powerful? You should be. From budgeting to setting a goal and saving, you’ve done the hard yards to start getting on top of your finances. In this final step, we look at how to grow and protect your money for now, and into the future.

 

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Ways to invest

Protect your wealth

 




1. Ways to invest

Options to start building your wealth

The golden rules of investing are:

  • work out your financial goals
  • decide how much risk is best for you
  • check your investment is licensed, for example, you can check basic facts about companies, schemes or personal property at ASIC
  • get to know the investment
  • use diversification to spread your risk
  • watch out for get rich schemes and investment schemes.

Source: ASIC’s MoneySmart.

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Property

Whether you’re focused on paying off the mortgage as quickly as possible or owning investment properties, this can be an effective way to build wealth. A property boom saw median values increase by a staggering 88.3 per cent in Sydney over the past decade while negative gearing and property depreciation concessions can deliver tax benefits. But do your research, as not all property sells at a profit, and be patient – capital gains take time.

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Superannuation

Super is most typically invested in shares, so you could think of it as your personal share-investing portfolio. For most people, 9.5 per cent of your pay goes to super, and there may be generous tax concessions for any extra contributions you make. Remember the three C’s: regularly check to make sure your choice of investment options and insurance suit your lifestage, contribute extra when you can and consolidate your accounts so you’re only paying one set of fees.  

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The sharemarket

Typically, the starting amount for investing in shares is $500 (plus brokerage fees), so if you're thinking of kick-starting your investment portfolio, you could be closer than you think. While the sharemarket has historically gone up over time, there are periods of short-term volatility, so be prepared to ride out the ups and downs of the market.

Feeling more familiar with investment options? You should be …

Generally, the lower the risk, the lower potential return. You'll need to take some risk to end up with a healthy return over time. Help protect your wealth by researching any investment thoroughly,  invest at your comfort level and have a plan in place for a rainy day.  


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Pro tip

Whether you're starting out or looking to tune up your knowledge, ASIC’s MoneySmart Investor Toolkit helps with the investing essentials. Answer a series of questions to build your investing profile and it will suggest actions you can take based on your level of expertise and risk profile.

2. Protect your wealth

Ways to prepare for a rainy day

While we like to think bad things won’t happen to us, lives are disrupted every day by serious illness, job loss or worse. Have you got a financial emergency plan in case something happens to you or your family’s main breadwinner?  

Following are some steps you can take to get prepared.

 

Save for a rainy day

Putting away three-to-six months’ worth of living expenses into an emergency fund will give you the peace of mind that you can cover your regular bills if you lost your income. This also means you can avoid going into debt. Cut spending on ‘wants’ until the crisis passes.

 

Talk to friends and family

Is there a family member or close friend that can help tide you over by loaning you money, giving you a place to stay or other assistance?

 

Invest in assets

Have you got shares or an investment property you can sell? The risk is that you’ll be selling in a down market, but it will free up some cash.

 

Take out insurance

Life insurance, income protection, home & contents and car insurance all play their part in protecting your wealth. This isn't just cover for you; it's protection for the people you live for. From loss of income to loss of property, it will support your family in times of need.

Time to call in the professionals?

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Feel like you’ve gone as far as you can to improve your finances?

A financial planner can create a personalised plan. ASIC's MoneySmart has this bunch of nifty tips to help you choose the right one.

 

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You’ve completed the last step in the ANZ Financial Wellbeing Program. We'll be right here for you anytime you need a refresher.

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The information set out above is general in nature and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs.  By providing this information ANZ does not intend to provide any financial advice or other advice or recommendations.  You should seek independent financial, legal, tax and other relevant advice having regard to your particular circumstances.

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