Author: Jason Chew

Fund your next family holiday for next to nothing

Holidays can be an expensive proposition. Once you factor everything in, sometimes you’re left wondering whether it’s actually worth the financial stretch, particularly when you could be putting that money, say, towards paying off the mortgage.If you’re a long-time reader of my blogs, you’ll know that getaways and holidays are a must for me and my family.We always bake-in holidays when planning next year’s...

The impossible dream… can you build wealth and live it up today?

Everything in life’s a trade-off, regardless of which way you look at it. Take accumulating wealth. To get to a point of choosing whether you want to work – or not! – takes discipline and sacrifice. In other words, getting there’ typically a massive trade-off when growing wealth.For me, the most difficult trade-off is having stuff and living happily and not beyond your means. I guess...

Don’t have a will? Here’s what you need to know

 This week I want to touch on something I haven’t covered in previous blogs. Nearly half of adult Australians don’t have a will. That’s a lot. If you don’t have a will, that’s certainly no criticism, but more to say that you’re not alone. To be fair, it’s not something that’s really top of mind for your average Joe. And fair enough – no one likes to...

Pay less tax. Here’s how!

No one likes paying tax. Let’s face it. Actually, I’ll qualify that by saying ‘too’ much tax.  There’s the often bandied about reason for the rich getting richer.To that I’d argue that anyone with a bit of wealth-driven nous is using the laws of the day – legal tax breaks, tax structure et al – to get their taxable income down and use potential return...

Demystifying debt – bad vs good!

The word ‘debt’ cops a bad wrap, in my opinion.  Mention debt, and our minds tend to jump to the negative connotations of the word. And rightfully so. ‘Bad’ debt is exactly that – not great. Meaning, any debt that’s not going to make you money over the medium to long term (aka building your wealth) is something you want to avoid like the plague.Well, as much...

How to get out of debt, pronto

Being in debt ain’t fun.  Particularly if it’s credit card debt and the compound nature of interest (in reverse!) means you can see no end in sight in terms of paying it down. I met someone recently who has racked up close to $30K between two credit cards over the past 18 months.She also has close to $3K on Afterpay. Both cards, I’m guessing, would be...

The stock market crashes. What do you do?

If you’re invested in the stock market and have had your ear to the ground, you’ve no doubt heard rumblings from Wall Street and major news outlets of the potential for an economic downturn. You keep hearing things like “the property market’s down another 20 percent”, “the global equities market’s bull run’s over”, “the United States’ trade war with China’s going to rip the carpet out...

Rent-vesting. The good and the bad.

If you’ve been close to the property market over the past few years, you’ve no doubt come across the term ‘rent-vesting’ in your travels. If you haven’t, it’s basically where you’re both a landlord and a renter at the same time.  Rent-vesting’s a concept that’s exploded in recent years. So much so there was even a rent-vesting expo held in Sydney a couple of years’ back....

Mortgage tips to pay off your home faster

Before you buy your first home, the thought of taking on a sizeable mortgage can be pretty daunting. I totally get it. I felt the same prior to taking the plunge and buying my first property back in 2007. There’s something about the psychology of borrowing such a large amount of money and paying it off over such a long period of time if, like...

Making private school a reality for your kids – what you need to do

Okay, so you have kids or are planning on starting a family and want to give them the best education possible. Great. I’m the same. When my wife and I have children, we want to give our kids the best start in life we can, so I know where you’re coming from.As a financial adviser, two of the most common questions I get asked is “can...

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