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Wise Moves in Downsizing, Sydney Morning Herald, April 6th, 2014

downsizingRetirement is upon you, the boomerang kids look as though they've finally left for good and you're sick of cutting grass no one plays on and cleaning spare bathrooms no one uses.

Chances are you're aged between 55 and 70 and ready to enter the downsizing phase; where selling up and shifting to somewhere smaller, more convenient and easier to maintain holds serious appeal.

But what are the best ways to move smartly and maximise your financial position?

The keys are judicious planning and an objective approach, says Howard Briggs, 72, who went through the process in 2002, a year after his retirement from the Queensland public service.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/money/wise-moves-in-downsizing-20140405-365tu.html#ixzz34JVu7LcF

Sydney Morning Herald, May 7th 2014

Read the article here: http://www.smh.com.au/money/planning/nothing-to-lose-sleep-over--yet-20140506-37syq.html

nothing-to-worry-aboutWith the pension age increasing and a potential flattening out of the property market, Generation Z - those born from the mid 1990s - might have a tougher time than previous generations building a nest egg.

With the first crop of this age group now entering the workforce and making compulsory super contributions, this generation, the first purebred digital natives, is going to have to start thinking about investment strategies.

But unlike previous generations, research shows saving for a home isn't a high priority. According to a survey released by ME Bank in February this year, only 24.7 per cent of young singles intend to buy a home they will live in as owner-occupiers.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/money/planning/nothing-to-lose-sleep-over--yet-20140506-37syq.html#ixzz34JTghUvc

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