Thoughts

For most of the population, when you retire, the only way you can generate an income is via a pension from superannuation, the age pension or a combination of both. Do you know your retirement investment options and assets?  Are you putting all of your eggs in the one superannuation basket?

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It is often quoted as the great Australian dream. The idea of buying your own home. Not only is it cited as a smart way to build wealth but just as importantly it represents security, a place to raise your family and build a community.

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We’re supposed to be able to have it all, be in balance, not let work rule our life but continue to pursue a job with purpose and climb the corporate ladder. We’re told we can, and should, include kids, a partner, catching up with friends, holidays, fitness, self-improvement or professional development and study, hobbies, mindfulness, sleep and a job. And, it’s all supposed to be in balance. No wonder our stress levels are rising!

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We’re all individuals. When we sit down with new clients and start to get to know them we discover that their needs, while often similar to other clients, are always unique to their situation. It’s for this reason that the investment approach we take has to reflect the fact that people are different. We have found that people’s money needs generally fall into 4 buckets and a different investment approach is required for each need.

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Our health partner AIA Vitality takes a look at loneliness and what you can do to counter feelings of loneliness, regardless of whether we live independently or collectively. You can read his article below or jump straight to the AIA Vitality website.

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We talk to Paul Greening, an executive search and recruitment specialist about how to deal with a difficult boss so you can be happy in your workplace. This is so important because your relationship with your boss is central to your happiness at work. Also, work-related stress often plays out at home causing unnecessary tension. The real tragedy is that people often find themselves leaving a company they enjoy, because of a strained relationship with their boss, lending credibility to the truism that “people don't quit companies, they quit bosses”.

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We’re always interested in how we can create healthy, wealthy and happy lives. And, given most people spend a large amount of time at work we were interested in how someone can make sure they choose the right workplace. So, we asked Paul Greening, an executive search and recruitment specialist to share his thoughts on what someone could do to choose a workplace that would make them happy.

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As part of our endeavour to promote the concept of healthy, wealthy and happy lives, we talk to Jo Whitton and Fouad Kassab about how individuals and families can reclaim their health through a nutritious and healthy diet. We're going to explore how to reverse lifelong food intolerances, get an insight into how Jo healed her son Isaac's OCD and anxiety, and how Fouad lost more than 25 kilos and reversed many of his chronic ailments.

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Here is a great article by Zurich from the Prepare for Life Publication looking at how selfies may be a passport to healthier insurance. We all do it – well, most of us. Taking pictures of ourselves on our smartphones for the sole purpose of posting them online for other people to see, like and comment on.

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