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How to minimise the Health Insurance Hike

How to minimise the Health Insurance Hike The dreaded 1 April increase is coming and this year, Australians can expect a hit to the hip pocket with an average increase to health insurance premiums by 5.59%, adding approximately $200 a year to the cost of the average family policy. For those who aren’t watching closely…

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Eight’s the age – Ways to help children save

Personal finance editor John Collett and financial planner Olivia Maragna discuss strategies for parents to help their children establish good savings habits.

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Olivia was recently interviewed by Alan Kohler

Olivia was recently invited to be interviewed by respected Finance Journalist, Alan Kohler.  You can listen to the interview below.  The interview must have made an impression with Alan as he then wrote about her the next day in The Australian newspaper and for ABC’s online news. Alan Kohler is the founder of Business Spectator,…

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What is your Age Pension age?

The Federal Budget this week has announced that from 1 July 2025, the Age Pension qualifying age will continue to rise by six months every two years, from the qualifying age of 67 years that will apply by that time, to gradually reach a qualifying age of 70 years by 1 July 2035. Check out…

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Olivia features on Channel 9 for the Federal Budget Wrap Up

Join Olivia on Nine News tonight talking about the impact on the Federal Budget.  Headline story with Laurie Oakes and Ross Greenwood.       To read more about the budget changes click here Olivia Maragna is the co-founder of Aspire Retire Financial Services and was awarded the Australian 2012 AFA Adviser of the Year. Olivia’s advice is general in…

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Planning finances is women’s business

The sobering fact is that women are still not paid equally to their male counterparts, women’s super balances are falling way behind men’s and nine out of 10 Australian women don’t have enough super to fund their retirement. With 40 per cent less super than men, it’s no surprise that women are 2.5 times more…

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Olivia named in Woman of the Year Award

Co-founder of Aspire Retire Financial Services, Olivia Maragna was today announced as a finalist in the Woman of the Year Award, a huge accolade to be singled out for her business achievements and efforts. The awards aim is to recognise exceptional achievements of women working in the finance industry and is an opportunity to recognise…

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Can you afford to divorce?

While some divorces come as a surprise to some, others are the exact opposite. In fact, more and more people are planning their divorce before actually telling their partner and moving out of the matrimonial home. Interestingly enough, women file for divorce more often than men and are more likely to divorce than die while…

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The credit card trap

Credit card debt is now sitting at around $35 billion dollars in Australia, which is an interest bill of over $6 billion each year. This represents more than $4,680 of credit card debt per card holder in Australia, with younger Australians getting into the trap of spending too much and not being able to pay…

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New Financial Year Checklist

The new financial year is a great time to take another look at your finances  and reflect on what you have achieved, where you want to go and what you need to  get there. These times of reflection are critical to our lives whether we run  our own business, are employed or retired.  The below…

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30 ways to maximise your tax return

The end of the financial year is rapidly approaching and now is certainly a great time to take steps to reduce your tax bill and put yourself in the best position for the next financial year. All too often tax planning is left to the last minute which makes it difficult to minimise tax, so…

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Olivia named on top 10 list of finance influencers

Aspire Retire’s Olivia Maragna is featured in caricature style in today’s Courier Mail, thanks to James McCullough's City Beat column. download adobe cs6 Olivia Maragna is the Co-founder of Aspire Retire, a rapidly growing independent financial planning firm and has cracked the top 10 for the first time as one of Australia’s leading finance influencers sharing the list…

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