What to do with your money in a corona-crisis

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Are you like me and suffering from serious information overload at the moment? It seems like everyone you speak to has an opinion about how quickly things will return to ‘normal’, what the economic impact is going to be long-term, and whether you should invest in a lifetime’s supply of toilet paper.

Let’s face it – none of us have been through anything like this before. So no-one is going to have all the answers. But what you can do is ...

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Physical health is only one half of the battle

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I have a confession to make – I had a very different blog planned for this month. But in a matter of weeks, the world has completely changed. We are all facing into an unprecedented challenge, which is not just a threat to our physical health, but also our mental health and happiness.

It’s never been more important to acknowledge the effect stress and social isolation can have on our mental state.

With that in mind, I’ve put together some ideas for ...

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Working together to help women retire with more

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With International Women’s Day just around the corner, I thought it was a good time to talk about the financial challenges that many women experience.

You’ve probably heard the statistics about how Aussie women retire with half the super savings of men. But this is only part of the story.

Yes, women are also more likely to live longer than men, and often retire earlier than men. Which means there is a serious risk that women will outlive their retirement savings and ...

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What’s the scariest thing you can imagine?

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Welcome to a new year and a new decade! One of the things the Monarch team particularly looks forward to each new year is seeing how our clients have progressed along their financial journey. Life is always throwing surprises at us – some good, some not so good – but when you have a solid financial plan in place, you don’t have to be worried about what the future may bring.

Which brings me to the topic of our first blog ...

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How do you ask an expert when you don’t know where to find one?

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When it comes to your finances, we often talk about the importance of asking an expert – a financial adviser. But how do you find one? And how do you measure their expertise?

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By far the best place to start looking for a financial adviser is by asking your friends and family. If someone has a great experience with a product, shop or service, they’ll be only too happy to refer you to it. The same definitely goes for financial advice.

You ...

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What are you paying for?

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You might have noticed there have been a few reports in the media (again) about life insurance commissions. As you know, I’m extremely proud of the work the Monarch team does and firmly believe in the role financial advice plays in helping people secure their financial future. Which is why I felt it was important to outline just some of the ways we add value to our clients…

What we do – Build a strategy

Our role is not simply to get ...

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Not all habits need to be broken

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Do you have any bad habits? Things you do all the time but wish you didn’t? What about something your partner does that really annoys you? We tend to view habits as negative – something to be broken – and along with that goes the guilt and frustration when we can’t quit our bad habits.

But what about good habits?

We recently got the whole Monarch team together for a professional development session and the topic was ‘Improvement as Habit’. As facilitator, ...

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Don’t underestimate the value of a second income

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I was chatting with a friend over dinner the other night and she was talking about how she had dropped back from full-time to part-time work so she could pursue her goal of opening an online kid’s clothing store. She is still bringing in an income (and hopes to eventually leave her part-time job and just work on the store), but ...

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New year, new team!

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As you would have seen in my end of year update, Monarch has expanded! I’m so excited to welcome Brett Puxty and Francis Coggan to the team, as well as announce that Aleksandra is stepping into an even bigger role. Why the expansion? It ultimately comes back to why I started Monarch Advisory Group in the very beginning, which was to ...

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No advisers, no surprises? No way!

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NO AdI saw an ad for insurance company NobleOak the other day which really made my blood boil. It’s the one where the guy says that with most life insurance you’re ‘being sold an illusion’. The ad claims that life insurance through NobleOak is 20% cheaper than if you buy through an adviser or direct with an insurer.

They highlight that they only offer ...

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