Author: Michael Chew

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Housing affordability | Has the horse truly bolted?

The Australian property market. Everyone has an opinion, but no one has a crystal ball. If you believe Fairfax and News Limited and their respective newspapers, there’s never been a worse time in history to buy a house. For those not already in the market, many feel the horse has bolted, and now the government is trying its best to coax it back in. Whichever way you look at...

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Client Satisfaction Survey | Proud as punch

We just wanted to quickly share a success story. To get a gauge on what clients think we decided to participate in a client satisfaction survey. Well, the results are back and we're pretty happy about it! Jason and I want to say a big thank you to all of our amazing clients for their feedback. We've found out things like the ten key metrics where we outperformed the...

Retiring a millionaire isn’t quite what it used to be

Growing up, a million dollars seemed like a stupendous amount of money. Back in the ’80s and ’90s, the thought of winning Lotto conjured up thoughts of like ‘buying a Porsche and never having to work again’. Fast forward to my late-thirties and, all of a sudden, retiring a millionaire isn’t quite what it used to be. Worse still, by the time I hit retirement age in 20-odd years...

A tasty and economical family recipe – Move over, Jamie and Heston

Okay, let me get this out of the way first: I’m no Jamie Oliver or Heston Blumenthal. In saying that, though, I love to cook and, along with my wife, we’re always on the hunt for new recipes. Sure, we have our weekly staples, but we also like to mix it up. We have two girls under three, so finding the right recipes that everyone enjoys is often...

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How to save $100s on your energy bill this winter!

Energy supply has been front-page news over recent months. And rightly so – the cost of utilities is starting to hit the point of being ludicrous. In fact, it’s an upwards trajectory that seems to have been running rampant for the past 10 years or so. Here in Victoria, electricity alone is tipped to increase by a startling $300 over the next 12 months, off the back of...

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Why you need an emergency fund

In life, rainy days are bound to happen. Unexpected bills, mechanical dramas with the car – you name it – they’re inevitable. Often, they can feel like a bit of a financial sucker punch. If you haven’t got one, consider setting up an emergency fund. Make sure it’s separate to your primary savings. It should solely be for unplanned expenses, not planned ones. Car rego, for example, wouldn’t fall into the...

The 10 percent savings challenge. Who’s in?!

Off the back of my new year’s resolutions, I’ve set myself a challenge for this year (and a considerable one at that): to cut my spending by 10 percent. It’s a biggy, I know. Now, here’s why. Last year, my spending on items over $200 made up 65 percent of my total household expenses, with purchases over $500 hitting the 30 percent mark. Long story short,...

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Money apps I can’t live without

Ah, yes, technology. Where would we be without it? I can’t see it ever truly replacing real-life ‘human’ financial advice, but, in saying that, staying on top of your finances has never been easier. In fact, apps and the like are a great way of weeding out unnecessary spending and bad financial habits. For me, technology has a time and a place. While I try to ensure I’m not fixated...

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4 things you must know about life insurance

Insurance. We all need it in one form or another, whether that’s for the house, the car, or the family dog. Often, it’s a case of protecting our hard-earned assets and, like in the case of pets, minimising the blowout of (vet) bills. Add health insurance for the family to the bill, and it starts to get expensive. Interestingly, though, there’s one form of insurance that many people typically...

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Five key considerations for New Years resolutions

Between family, work and everything else in between, life gets away from you. Time in particular. Last year was a big one for me – both on a personal and business level. My wife and I had our second daughter, and there were a few big milestones that we hit at different points across 2016 with Orange Wealth. Suffice to say that, by Christmas and the subsequent break, it was...

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