Category: Money

The Conversation Change: Women vs Money

Johanna Rumphorst We have to change the way we speak about women and money. “Mum, I am a rich man,” said the true icon Cher. There are many things wrong in the way we talk about money and women. A study from Starling Bank has analysed how different male and female-centric media outlets write about money and discovered some problematic differences. Women are often being portrayed as ‘excessive spenders’ – that have no idea about money (we all watched Bridget Jones and Confessions of a Shopaholic). Men on the other hand are being encouraged to spend money with articles...

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Stuck at home during COVID-19 Crisis? Think on the brighter side

Dipti Singh Cringing about staying at home in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, while anticipating how to cover energy and food bills for the next month? You might have read plenty about the survival of the fittest and now the time has come to apply it in your real life. We will get through this pandemic. Don’t worry we have got you covered by compiling a list of budget-friendly ideas. Traveling costs For daily commuters of public transport, the good news is you are saving almost $16.10 a day. For car owners, if you drive to work the...

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COVID-19’s Impact on the Creatives Industry

Isabella Ross There is no question that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on both the current and future state of the arts industry. With news that all non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled, the everyday Aussies who rely on such income from these gatherings will be affected. ‘I Lost My Gig’ has been recording the financial impact of event cancellations and postponements across Australia and New Zealand. Incredibly, creative industries have seen a loss in over $47 million of revenue. A loss of jobs is over 190,000 and the total number of events cancelled is...

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Controlling Finances 101

Isabella Ross With the Christmas and New Year period comes added expenditures, bills and stress. Keeping a hold of your wallet in the holiday aftermath is important for every consumer, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here to help are 3 simple steps you can adopt to start the New Year on the right financial track. Shop Around: Often it is the case that households are paying too much for the essentials – energy, gas and telecommunications service providers. Start by calling the company you are with to see if there are any new...

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Boosting Tax Returns

Isabella Ross It is that time of year again – tax! The coming months are known for brisk weather and the tedious task of lodging tax returns. Sydney Observer had the chance to sit down with Director of Tax Communications at H&R Block, Mark Chapman. Previously, Mark was a tax adviser for over 20 years, specialising in individual and small business tax, in both the UK and Australia. As well as operating his own private practice, Mark spent seven years as a Senior Director with the Australian Taxation Office. Mark is a Chartered Accountant, CPA and Chartered Tax Adviser...

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