The average price of unleaded fuel has risen to the highest level since 2014. The two major factors in this rise has been the fall in the Aussie dollar and rising crude oil prices. According to analysis from Commsec using data from Australian Institute of Petroleum, the average price for unleaded petrol rose 1.8 cents…

Teaching children about money can be a challenge, especially if you are pressed for time. So how do you pass on good financial values early on, no matter what? Clinical child psychologist Emma Spencer shares her advice, which was recently shared in the FPA Money and Life E-Book, which can be found here 1. Talk…

Do you have a personal trainer, life coach, mentor or guidance counsellor? At BMM, we consider ourselves to be your Financial Coaches. To help you make better decisions, we need to understand you better. The first two steps of BMM’s 4-step process (“Where am I now?” and “Where to from here?”) help us help you…

Time to cut the umbilical cord? An article over the weekend suggested that Australian parents are forking out a combined $235 million of their cash to support their children living at home. Does this sound like you or someone you know? While we are avid supporters of helping your children, at what point does the…

BUDGET MAY 2018 I have extracted this information from the many commentaries on this year’s Budget we have received over the last few days. I’ve tried to take out all the fluffy stuff and leave in what you may find interesting, as it has some impact on you or your loved ones. I’ve also added…

Happy Halloween! What keeps you up at night? While it can be the supernatural that keep some people up at night, we find that more often than not, it is ones fears over their financial situation that keeps them up at night. These fears can be blown out of proportion and usually just a couple…

This was a question posed to us just the other day. Being a somewhat frequently asked question – particularly from our younger clients, we thought our response could be of benefit to others! I’m a great believer in credit cards – as long as you don’t use them to spend money you don’t have! If…

How to save on your food bill I read this article earlier in the week and thought it added very nicely to the budgeting advice that appears in Geoff Orr’s book “Your Future: Shape It”: Make a list before you go grocery shopping – you’ll be less inclined to buy items you don’t need. Don’t…

When joint accounts don’t mean joint accounts – a potential road block when your partner dies When reviewing own finances, I found that all of my wife, Jayne’s and my bank accounts are in my name – even though some of the accounts appear to be in joint names and one has her name on…

How much is enough? This is a question we often get asked by our clients, and it relates to any number of things, but mainly: How much is enough to start investing? How much is enough to buy a house? How much is enough for a safety net? At the end of the day, there…

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