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How Large is Your Emergency Buffer Fund?

We have provided financial planning for a lot of your Perth neighbours; our financial planners have more than 40 years’ combined experience. When we are getting to know your financial situation, we like to find out what your assets and liabilities are so we can devise a way to get you to where you want to be when you want to be there.

One of the questions we like to ask is, “How much money do you have set away as an emergency buffer fund?”

Emergency Buffer Fund?

We know that getting through life to the next paycheck is tough for a lot of people. That’s why we feel it is important to have money stashed away in case things go awry. We are not allowed to provide any individual advice on this blog. If you want individual advice, you have to come in for a consultation. Everyone’s finances are different and blanket statements aren’t always valid for everyone.

That being said, a good “rule of thumb” is that three months’ worth of income is a good “buffer” to have in case of emergency. There are many factors that can affect how much of a buffer is appropriate for you. Some of those factors include, excessive debt, one income supporting a household, self-employment, an old car for transport or living expenses that exceed 50% of your take-home pay.

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Is it Time to Start Protecting Your Hard-Earned Money?

Wealth protection is an important component for those planning their financial futures. We have helped many Perth residents do just that since 2005. When helping our clients save and produce income for their retirements, we see protecting that money as equally important. So do our friends at the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), who recently wrote an article called “You’ve worked hard for the money, now it’s time to protect it.”*

According to the FPA, statistics indicate that Australians approaching retirement can expect to spend an average of 23 years between retiring and passing on. For some, their money could run out in as little as ten years, forcing them to rely on age pension as their sole source of income.*

According to the FPA, saving for retirement should be a “fundamental financial priority,” but so should protecting that income, especially for those in their “last few years in the workforce.” Many who are in their last few years of working aren’t as healthy as they were when they were younger and may not have enough sick leave to cover illness.*

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Insurance ProtectionNews Techniques to Protect Your Lifestyle and Wealth

Techniques to Protect Your Lifestyle and Wealth

Perth financial planners are in a unique market, especially when it comes to wealth protection. Perth may have suffered the least of any Australian capital city during the Global Financial Crisis. This situation may have created a false sense of security for many in the Perth area, as though we are “immune” from financial disasters.

Unfortunately, Perth doesn’t have an exemption from unexpected trauma, illness or financial woes. Here are some ways to protect both your wealth and your lifestyle.

Income Protection Insurance

Do you have enough money set aside to pay your day to day expenses if you were suddenly unable to work for more than a few days? Income protection insurance is essential if you become unable to work due to disability or illness. The cover usually replaces 75% of your income. It is subject to tax, but the premiums are deductible. It can be obtained through your superannuation fund.

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Insurance ProtectionNews How to Afford Insurance for the Long Term

How to Afford Insurance for the Long Term

We currently provide life insurance and disability insurance to many of our Perth area clients. They are two popular forms of wealth protection. Many people think they “can’t afford insurance,” but it is possible to afford it now and later, depending upon how you choose to pay your premiums.

There are two basic ways to pay for insurance: a stepped premium and a level premium. Here’s how they work.

Stepped Premium

A stepped premium starts out low and increases as you age. It is most often chosen by those who expect to make more money in the future than they do now. Ideally, younger clients on a career path find their income rising as their premiums rise. If their careers go as planned, the stepped premium can work out very well for all parties.

Level Premium

A level premium is higher at first, but tend to remain stable over the years. The premium is calculated each year, based on the age when you first took out the policy, no matter how old you are. This avoids the sharp rise that often happens with a stepped premium.

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Life Insurance for Professionals: What You Need to Know

Why so many Australians are choosing to obtain a life insurance quote as part of their wealth protection protocol.

When deciding upon wealth protection products, many business professionals are focused on obtaining cover for their assets. Often, they have to be reminded that they have neglected one important asset: themselves.

As a business professional, you have worked hard to “climb the ladder.” No matter what path you have taken, your unique skill set, motivation and talent have enabled you to create a certain level of income. That income has provided for you and/or your family, allowing you to live the lifestyle you desire.

But have you thought of what would happen if you were no longer able to work? Have you thought of what would happen if you were to suffer a tragic accident or illness, leaving your family alone and without income?

We have. It’s what insurance companies do. Here is a quick overview of three basic life insurance products.

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