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19 Jun Three simple steps to avoid getting hacked online

Banks lose tens of millions of dollars to online fraud every year. They may be loathed to publicise it, but it’s true. To say this is a massive issue is an understatement. For me, it really hit home recently. A relative of mine was hacked a little while back and lost $50,000. Let me repeat that. Fifty. Thousand. Dollars. Not $1,000. Not $5,000. But $50,000. Just let...

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31 May Don’t blow it…what to do with a financial windfall

Okay, picture this. You’ve just come into a significant amount of money. Could be a sizeable redundancy package or inheritance, a bumper tax return, you may have just won Saturday’s Powerball – I’ll leave that to your imagination. Now, what would you do with it? Use your windfall to treat yourself and blow it on something you don’t necessarily need or would you see it as...

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15 May The subtle art of getting 25 percent off a new car

I bought a new car recently. I know, right? There’s just something about that new-car smell. We ended up picking up a Range Rover Evoque. Really nice car – I’m really digging it. More importantly, though, my wife absolutely loves it. In the grand scheme of things, a car’s a hefty purchase. Next to a house, it’s a big one, particularly if the bulk of the...

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02 May Who’s in for heading to LA for free?

Everyone loves free stuff. It’s a fundamental part of human psychology. Mention reward and frequent flyer programs, though, and most people roll their eyes, questioning the value of what you actually get versus what you typically need to spend to, say, net a free flight to the Gold Coast, for instance. And fair enough. Unless you’re a global jet-setter racking up frequent flyer points or absolutely diligent...

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12 Apr How 3 people started a side hustle and Why you should consider a side hustle in 2018

If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you’ll know that I transitioned from the world of corporate to starting Orange Wealth with my brother, Jason. It’s a cliched thing to say, but making that move was one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made. To be honest, though, making the jump into a new business can be tough, particularly if you’re leaving the safety...

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28 Mar How I saved an extra $10k in 2017 without changing my lifestyle

Think savings and you typically equate squirrelling money away with having to curb your lifestyle, depending on what your savings goals are, obviously. This time last year, my wife, Kim, and I set ourselves a goal: to put away an extra $10K in savings over the course of 2017 without impacting on our day-to-day lives too much. Not an easy feat when you have two young...

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19 Feb The three books that changed my life in 2017

There are three books I read last year that left a lasting impression, particularly around the way I work and organise my life around it. Now, I've never been an avid reader. In truth, I always struggle to find the time. Last year, I switched to audiobooks and it made a big difference – I listen in the car, when going for a run, gardening, you...

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31 Jan Out of control debt. Is it time to cut up your credit card?

Being in debt on your credit card isn’t much fun. If it’s manageable and you’re confident you can pay it down quickly, fine. On the other hand, if you have a couple of cards and you’re heading into the five-digit territory, there’s always an inescapable feeling that lingers around until you’re in the home straight of paying it off. It’s a feeling you wake up to every...

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16 Jan Calculating your net worth and why it’s so important

Everyone has a net worth. Whether you’re a small business owner or CEO of a blue-chip company, each and every one of us has a dollar value on paper. Small or large, the only difference is what that number is. Knowing your net worth is a necessity, in my opinion. In fact, I’d argue it’s the most important number you need to know when it comes...

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21 Nov The implications of not having enough in retirement

How many people have you heard talk about travelling the world in retirement? On the flip side, how many people past retirement age do you know who are still working part-time or forced to reach out to family and friends for help? Depending on whether you’ve already started to get the jump on retirement, not saving enough for your post-working-life dream can have dire consequences. When you break...

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