Viewing posts from: November 2016

How to weather a financial storm

All / 23.11.20160 comments

Establishing an investment portfolio is often associated with building a home. In most instances the  most damaging, yet unpredictable destroyer to the structure of a home is the weather. And just like your home, if you carefully build your investment portfolio based on solid foundations, you have a much better chance of withstanding a financial storm.

Quality and Value
Let’s look at the first two foundations, quality and value; this means to acquire assets that are expected to provide appropriate returns* relative to their risks. Applying this to shares, quality companies may have a good basis to their operations and growth, which means their earnings are not driven by fashion.

Quality and value may not always go hand in hand. But the key here is quality… the expectation is
that they will be around for a long time, not just a good time.

Stock market tablet
Diversify
You’ve heard it before but it couldn’t be more true – “don’t put all your eggs into one basket”… meaning to diversify your portfolio. Diversity may act like the scales in a portfolio, potentially providing balance. Real diversity may provide the opportunity to take advantage of opportunities when they arise, whilst balancing the portfolio with solid quality assets. By taking a long-term view**, diversity is a tool used to smooth out a portfolio’s returns

Time
Finally, one of the most important foundations is time… because it applies to all four principles, giving you the best chance of success. Every market will suffer periodic downturns, however, over the longer term the upturns have historically prevailed. The golden rule is don’t panic and refrain from getting caught up in the fear and greed cycle which is often fuelled by the media. Often volatility may create opportunities for future wealth growth.
*Please note that past returns are not a guaranteed indicator of future returns.
**7 years or longer
Source: Modoras

For a sound risk management strategy for your investments please contact us on 02 6621 8544.

Disclaimer: Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances.

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Economic Update November 2016

All / 17.11.20160 comments

Economic Update November 2016

Please review the following Economic Update November 2016 from MLC

Please contact TNR Wealth Management for more information.

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Planning for a holiday

All / 10.11.20160 comments

Planning for a holiday

Whether you’re travelling interstate or internationally, be sure to plan for the financial aspects of your big trip.

Start saving

Whether you’re planning a safari through Botswana, backpacking in Vietnam or taking a gap year in London, your finances will probably take a hit. It’s better to save as much as you can before you travel. This could minimise the reliance on credit cards while you’re away and lower the risk of still paying off the holiday years after you return.

Some of the travel costs may include visas and passport charges, accommodation, entry fees to sights and activities,  entertainment costs, emergency money, food and beverage, and roaming mobile phone charges and travel insurance.

Money management when overseas

Think about how you are going to access your money when travelling.

You could get a travel money card or talk to your financial institution about how you can access your money with your debit or credit card when travelling overseas.

With a travel money card you can load up with a number of different currencies. Better still, you can choose to lock in a  currency’s exchange rate and potentially use the travel money card to make purchases online, in stores and to withdraw money at overseas ATMs.

Some cards allow only a single currency to be loaded, while others allow for multiple currencies. It is a good idea to shop  around to find the travel money card that is right for you.

Minimising the risk of overseas travel

Check out our helpful hints to be sure your travel insurance offers appropriate protection:

  • Type of activities planned – Check the classification in each travel insurance policy; what one insurer might define as ‘high-risk’ could be regarded as merely ‘outdoor adventurous’ with another. The insurance premium could reflect this difference.
  • Personal belongings, baggage and specified items – The total sum insured, associated limits and excess amounts will determine the final premium. Have the right cover in place for your level of luggage.
  • Any pre-existing medical conditions? If so, are they covered? Importantly, what documentation or evidence might be required to even obtain the cover, apart from what may be needed in the event of a claim?
  • Age limits – Many providers do not impose age limits. However if coverage is needed for a minor (under 18), a parent or guardian may be required to include the detail as part of  your application.
  • Cancellation and/or delay – Ensure your nominated cover amount equals the full cost of your trip, plus any extras just in case you have to cancel the trip due to any number of reasons as prescribed in the policy, such as natural disaster, lost or stolen travel documents, pre-departure relative emergency, or missed flight connections beyond your control.
  • Destination – The world is divided into travel insurance ‘zones’, and if the US is on your itinerary, there may be a bit more to pay for travel insurance given the historically high cost of medical treatment in this country.

What’s generally not covered

Apart from any pre-existing medical conditions, common exclusions could include loss or injury suffered due to:

  • Acting intentionally or recklessly
  • Belongings being unattended in a public place
  • The influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Undertaking ‘adventure activities’ such as mountaineering, sky diving or off-piste skiing
  • Competing in professional sports

No two policies are the same. Investigation and comparison-shopping could save you a whole lot of grief – and money – if the unforeseen occurs.

For more information on travelling and safety precautions, see the Government’s Smart Traveller website.  (http://smartraveller.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx)

Budgeting

Draw up a budget to see where your money will go and find ways to spend less on non-essential items. For example, look for savings in your:

  • Entertainment costs
  • Restaurant meals
  • Takeaway lunches and coffees

Growing your savings

Once you’ve cut back on your spending, make the most of your savings. For example, there is an option of saving your money where it will earn interest, such as a term deposit or a savings account. These accounts could give you a higher rate of interest than transaction accounts.

Source: BT Insights
Disclaimer
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances
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TNR Wealth business visits

All / 02.11.20160 comments

On Wednesday 2 November 2016, TNR Wealth Management visited the cafeteria at St. Vincents Hospital in Lismore to provide an opportunity for the staff to ask questions about their superannuation, home loan repayments and insurances.

Our team will be visiting various business throughout the region to present similar information on various financial topics that include investments, Centrelink and Self-Managed Super Funds. The TNR Wealth Management Team are also available to present individually tailored workshops for businesses and employees.

Should you wish to discuss the opportunities available for your business please contact our office on 02 6621 8544 or email us at info@tnrwealth.com.au

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Protecting your retirement Ages 56-65

All / 01.11.20160 comments

  • Do you have a mortgage or any other financial commitments?
  • Are you making voluntary contributions to super?
  • Do your adult children still rely on you for financial support?

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