THE ADVISER MONTHLY

VOLUME III. ISSUE 4. April 2024.

Embracing Financial Growth & Family Prosperity

Welcome to the April Edition of The Adviser Monthly!

If you’re anything like me and my family, you’re already noticing the change in the weather as we move further into Autumn. This month, our focus revolves around investments and laying the groundwork for our children and family’s financial security.

In this edition, we delve into the concept of compound interest and how it can amplify your wealth accumulation efforts. Additionally, we have the pleasure of introducing you to Ruby McLellan, Australia’s youngest homeowner at just eight years old. Ruby’s remarkable journey underscores the significance of early financial planning and making informed decisions.

Discover why Australians excel in investment practices and gain insights from the disciplined strategies used. We also delve into the intricacies of managing separate finances within relationships, emphasising the importance of transparent communication for maintaining financial balance.

Stay updated on the soaring home values in Australia with CoreLogic’s latest Home Value Index, highlighting the factors fueling the current market surge. Lastly, we reflect on global happiness trends, pondering the essence of true contentment in life.

Remember that the team at Make Work Optional is here to assist and guide you on your financial journey.

Let’s make April a month of financial empowerment and prosperity for you and your loved ones!

For those with children enjoying school holidays, we wish you a safe and enjoyable break!

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GROW YOUR MONEY SLOW AND STEADY: THE MAGIC OF COMPOUND INTEREST

Have you ever wondered how some people seem to effortlessly grow their wealth over time? It’s all thanks to compound interest—a hidden gem in the world of finance that can turn small investments into substantial fortunes. In this article, you’ll learn how consistent saving and smart investing can make your money work harder for you, no matter how modest your starting point. Don’t let market fluctuations discourage you—embrace the journey and watch your wealth multiply.

HOW AUSSIES EXCEL IN INVESTMENT AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN

A study by Morningstar unveils why Australians often outshine in investing, attributing their success to disciplined strategies and expert guidance. Despite global trends of investors trailing behind market returns, Australia’s robust superannuation system and widespread financial advice play key roles. Lessons gleaned include the importance of consistent, long-term investing, minimising taxes, understanding personal behaviors, and limiting investment options.

YOUNG AUSSIE BECOMES HOMEOWNER AT EIGHT

 

Meet Ruby McLellan, Australia’s youngest homeowner, who, at just eight years old, saved her pocket money to invest in property alongside her siblings. With guidance from their dad, Cam McLellan, CEO of OpenCorp, they purchased their first home in Clyde, Melbourne, for $671,000. Now valued at nearly a million dollars, their journey highlights the power of early financial education and strategic investing. Their story inspires young prospective buyers to set goals, make sacrifices, and work diligently toward their dreams.

THE MODERN APPROACH: MANAGING SEPARATE FINANCES IN RELATIONSHIPS 

In today’s world, many couples opt for separate finances while sharing a life together. This trend, driven by a desire for financial independence and control, is increasingly common. While separate finances offer autonomy and accountability, they also require open communication and transparency to ensure fairness. Experts advise maintaining shared financial goals, setting up at least one joint account for common expenses, and ongoing discussions to navigate potential challenges.  

CORELOGIC HOME VALUES SURGE: WHAT’S DRIVING THE MARKET BOOM?

CoreLogic’s latest Home Value Index (HVI) reveals a 1.6% increase in the March quarter, translating to approximately $12k added to dwelling values. With the national HVI rising 0.6% in March, marking its 14th consecutive month of growth, Australia’s housing market continues its upward trajectory. Despite diverse trends across cities, factors like rate hikes and housing affordability challenges influence the market dynamics. Regional markets also see value rises, albeit with variations. As the housing landscape evolves, understanding these trends becomes crucial for homeowners and investors alike.

MAPPING GLOBAL HAPPINESS: INSIGHTS FROM 2024

The World Happiness Report 2024 unveils intriguing insights into global well-being. While perennial favorites like Finland and Denmark maintain their top positions, newcomers like Costa Rica and Kuwait bring fresh perspectives. Population size influences rankings, with smaller nations dominating. Regional highlights reveal diverse happiness levels across continents. As we delve into happiness disparities and evolving trends, we contemplate the complexities of human contentment and societal well-being.

Thought to live by.

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“Financial education is an investment in knowledge that pays the best interest.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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