Author Archives: Focused Advice

Positioning your portfolio in turbulent times

As any experienced investor knows, all investment markets have their ups and downs. Regardless of investor experience, turbulent times are a cause of anxiety, and that can lead to poor decision-making.  So, if turbulent markets are inevitable, even if their timing is not predictable, how should portfolios be positioned in anticipation of, and in response […]

Beating mortgage stress

Once upon a time, banks would lend would-be homeowners a sum of money based on repayments being less than 30% of the borrower’s gross income. As interest rates fell in the early 90s and competition from non-bank lenders flourished, home loan providers relaxed this rule and increased the flexibility of loans generally. Many Australians are […]

Preparing for retirement in uncertain times

As most long-term investors know, investment markets have their ups and downs. The downs are usually associated with periods of uncertainty, perhaps due to political or economic factors, or even natural disasters. Uncertainty leads to volatility – more extreme movements in asset prices – which can have a big impact on portfolio values. This can […]

What to consider when withdrawing your super early

As the COVID-19 virus took a sledgehammer to the economy, the federal government rapidly introduced a range of initiatives to help individuals who lost income as a result of the measures taken to control the virus. One of those initiatives was to allow qualifying individuals access to a portion of their superannuation to help them […]