Ways to Use Your Tax Refund for a Stronger Financial Future

Not sure what to do with your tax refund? Strategic financial decisions for your tax return begin with a strong plan. Whether you breeze through tax time or dread the extra admin, receiving a tax refund makes the effort worthwhile. For many of us, getting a financial boost will be even more welcome this year, and you might be looking around for the best ways to use it. These simple actions can help you figure out how to make a plan for your tax return. And if you’re looking for inspiration for how to spend it, we suggest some ideas to consider, too. Plan to Succeed Never underestimate the power of a well-crafted plan – it’s easy to watch funds dwindle when you haven’t given them a clear dire

Taking Control of Your Personal Finances in a COVID-19 World

Australians are becoming more engaged with their personal finances. It’s fair to say 2020 hasn’t quite panned out the way any of us thought it would. From local bushfires to a global pandemic it’s been a rollercoaster of a ride. But there’s growing evidence that Australians are tapping into their reserves of resilience to set their family finances up for a post-coronavirus landscape. Regardless of whether it’s forced by circumstances beyond our control or simply because we’re spending more time at home, research by Nature & The Lab shows COVID-19 has prompted many of us to become more engaged with our personal finances and focus more on our financial wellness.* The pandemic has impelled us i

Boost Your Super in the Lead Up to Retirement

As you approach retirement, it could be a good idea to consider giving your super a boost. If you’re looking at retiring in the near future, your savings will soon turn into an income stream. So the more you’ve saved, the better. Here are some ways you could top up your retirement savings. 1. Make the most of after-tax contributions Making personal contributions to your super from your after-tax money can be one way to boost your super. These are known as non-concessional contributions and, while there is no tax deduction available, an annual cap of $100,000 applies.* If you’re under 65, though, depending on your overall super balance, you may be able to bring forward up to two years of this

The 2020-21 Australian Budget

Dr Shane Oliver - Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP Capital Diana Mousina - Senior Economist, AMP Capital Spend, spend, spend as the focus remains on recovery and jobs, jobs, jobs. Introduction The 2020-21 budget is a long way from the 2019-20 “back in black and back on track” budget. Last year, it was all about delivering the long-awaited budget surplus. This year it’s all about spurring recovery. So, the focus is on providing more stimulus to boost demand and in the process get unemployment back down to acceptable levels. As such, the projected budget deficit has blown out to a record $213.7bn and while it should fall from next year as emergency programs come to an end,

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