Monthly Commentary - FEBRUARY 2018

Monday, 12 March 2018

Monthly Commentary - FEBRUARY 2018
Greater than usual attention is being paid to US inflation and while some indicators are suggesting an increase in price pressures, broad inflation measures are yet to show any cause for serious concern. Australian economic data is little changed, with global developments monopolising the spotlight.

Kids are terrible financial investments

Friday, 09 March 2018


The cost of education in Australia has risen a staggering 61% in the last decade, whilst child-raising costs have gone up by 50%. Meanwhile, our household incomes have only risen by about 25%, which means the cost of raising children is growing at double the rate of our average incomes. Yikes!

Monthly Commentary - JANUARY 2018

Friday, 16 February 2018

Monthly Commentary - JANUARY 2018
The US economy continued to show robust growth in the final quarter of 2017 while survey indicators suggest that momentum is likely to be maintained into the new-year. In Australia, consumer sentiment has shown further improvement and this is now being reflected in actual spending behaviour.

Tightening up your household budget

Thursday, 01 February 2018

Tightening up your household budget

At Fortress we often set our clients some homework: to tighten up their household budget to see how much surplus cash they really have. Remember, it’s the money left over at the end of the month that you can use to start building your wealth.

Get the fundamentals right

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Get the fundamentals right

A financial plan is a set of strategies that help you achieve your goals. Not sure what your long-term financial goals are? One of the easiest places to start is to focus on getting the fundamentals right so that when your goals become clearer, you are in a great position to hit the ground running.

Monthly Commentary - DECEMBER 2017

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Monthly Commentary - DECEMBER 2017

The US Federal Reserve increased official interest rates by 25 basis points to 1.25%-1.50% in December – the third rate rise this year. Expectations are for three more hikes in 2018. Economic data globally continues to be robust, although some signs are appearing that momentum may be slowing.

How to start saving for next Christmas

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

new year new you

Now that Christmas is done and dusted, we all should start planning ahead for next year.  Imagine getting to December knowing that you have a few thousand dollars in the bank, ready to buy gifts, pay for your holiday and stock your pantry full of delicious Christmas treats!

New Year, New (Financially Responsible) You

Monday, 08 January 2018

new year new you

Only 25% of people include financial goals in their New Year’s resolutions (most are health related).  Despite this, New Years is the perfect time to commit to becoming financially healthy.  Financial stress can directly affect your health and well-being, so if you are concerned with getting healthy in the New Year, let’s add ‘become financially responsible’ to your list for 2018.

How to save money this school holidays

Thursday, 21 December 2017

school holidays

School holidays can be an expensive time for your family. Most people acknowledge they spend more money during school holidays than at other times of the year. Here are some ideas for cheap or free activities you could try with your kids during the school holidays.


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