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by Lachlan Fuggle

Why is superannuation important? What makes the guaranteed contribution scheme justifiable? And how much should you personally contribute to your super fund?

With Australia’s pension fund (superannuation) ranked 4th in the world in 2018 by the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index, and super assets totaling $2.7 trillion at the end of the June 2018 quarter, it’s worth taking a look at what super means for Australian citizens and its economy.

Australia’s modern superannuation system began in 1991, with a compulsory scheme that requires employers to pay a set portion of their employee’s salaries into a super fund, known as guarantee contributions. Currently, the super guarantee rate is 9.5% of your income, and is planned to be incrementally increased after 2021 to 12% by 2025. On top of these compulsory contributions, you can also choose to make personal contributions out of your own pocket to further grow your super.

When I can access my Super?

To access your super’s funds, you need to reach your ‘preservation age’, which is currently between 55 and 60 depending on when you were born. As long as you’re permanently retired you can access your super once you reach this.

Benefits of Super?

The obvious reason for super’s existence is to help people save money for retirement. Therefore, the main benefit of guaranteed contributions is that it forces you to set aside money for eventual retirement, so you have an adequate income stream post retirement to be comfortable and maintain a certain standard of living. This can be especially helpful for anyone that may struggle to save money for long term goals since it can be hard to think about putting aside money that may not help you for another 30 or so years. See our blog ‘Why you don’t care about Future you’

The drawback of mandatory super payments is of course, in the short-term you feel a loss of disposable income, and with the savings being out of reach until your preservation age, you may have to save an additional pool of money to afford short to medium term purchases such as a new car or holiday (see our blog ‘5 Ways to Save More with Raiz’). Given this, it’s still hard to argue against investing in Super. A lack of retirement funds would mean more reliance on the government’s Age Pension scheme, which in turn places more pressure on the government (and therefore tax payer dollars).

How Super affects the Australian Economy?

Hypothetically, if people began to not contribute much/any money to their super throughout their lives, an increased reliance on the Age Pension would strain government resources, causing either allowance per person to decrease, or forcing the government to increase funding. This funding would have to be sourced still within government funding in other areas, and/or increased tax rates. The effects of this would be detrimental to not only Australia’s aging population as there will be more people in retirement, but to the whole Australian economy.

While Australia ranks number 54th in the world by population, ranking 4th by pension fund assets shows the great lengths in us as a country in ensuring enough wealth for Australians in the future.

Should you personally contribute to your super fund?

Another way of growing your super balance is through voluntary contributions. The main advantage of this is that any contributions may be tax deductible*, reducing your personal income tax. For more detail, see our blog ‘New rules for Super Contribution’. These savings could also potentially accrue more returns than a standard bank savings account in the long term. When judged over the last 10 years, the top 30 super funds averaged a return of 6.4%. The top 30 performing funds over the last 12 months averaged returns of 9.2%. A return of 9.2%, compounded annually over 10 years, would see a $100 balance more than double to $241, without any further deposits.

 

How to easily manager your Super?

Raiz Super offers its users an easy to use interface that allows you to easily view your balance and all contributions (guarantee & personal), all on your mobile phone. Being entirely accessible digitally through the Raiz app and website means users can regularly check their Super balance, observe how the market has affected their overall amount, and easily contribute additional funds.

So, given the importance of Super, do you feel connected enough to your future?

Don’t have the Raiz App?

Download it for free in the App store or the Webapp below:

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 Important Information

 The information on this website is general advice only.  This means it does not take into account any person’s particular investment objectives, financial situation or investment needs. If you are an investor, you should consult your licensed adviser before acting on any information contained in this article to fully understand the benefits and risk associated with the Raiz product.

 The information in this website is confidential. It must not be reproduced, distributed or disclosed to any other person. The information is based on assumptions or market conditions which change without notice. This will impact the accuracy of the information.

Under no circumstances is the information to be used by, or presented to, a person for the purposes of deciding about investing in Raiz.  

Past return performance of the Raiz product should not be relied on for making a decision to invest in Raiz and is not a good predictor of future performance.

 * For the new rules, there are certain eligibility criteria, which are not trivial, so you do need to check with a licensed tax adviser (or other) before deciding to make voluntary contributions and claim a deduction.

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Australia is in the big league. According to the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), we have the second highest household debt to GDP ratio out of 43 countries, with Switzerland getting the chocolates.

But while household debt has been rising, we should not think this is a new phenomenon – Australians have typically not been savers.

We’re not alone in this. Indeed, if a study by researchers at Cornell University is on the money, it’s an American trait, too. This piece of research contends that Americans are far more attuned to seeing opportunities to making money than saving it. It seems our “grey matter” is very creative when it comes to making a buck, but not nearly so good at seizing opportunities to save a dollar.

What the study did was measure our attention to earning or saving money. According to a Wall Street Journal article, participants had to identify colours shown quickly on a computer: one “earning” colour that let them gain 30 cents, a neutral colour that had no monetary effect and one “saving” colour that let them avoid losing 30 cents.

When the “earning” colour was shown, a staggering 87.5% of participants identified it more quickly and accurately than when the “saving” colour was shown. Even in trials that framed “saving” as earnings that would come slightly later, participants were still better at immediate earning.

In the study’s second part, participants had to identify which colour appeared first. Three out of four said they saw the “earning” colour appear first—when in fact, the “saving” colour did. This suggests our “earning” bias may even be strong enough to warp our perception of time.

“It’s such a powerful bias that it literally distorts the lens with which you see things. It’s not like people don’t care about savings,” says Adam Anderson, an associate professor and co-director of Cornell’s Affect and Cognition Lab, who co-wrote the study and is quoted by the Wall Street Journal. “We’re kind of blind when those opportunities are presented.”

Australians, I would argue, are like Americans. We are good at earning money, but not so good when it comes to saving it. Perhaps a key reason is the fact we spend much of our lives making our “hard earned money”, and so little our lives considering, or working on how we can hold on to it and save it.

We need to spend more time training ourselves to save money.

At Raiz Invest, we would like to think we are playing a small – but significant – role in changing this thinking about savings. Our App, which now has more than 175,000 active users, many of whom fall into the millennial demographic, is an easy and price-competitive way to automatically save and invest.

In the process we are teaching Australians, especially young Australians, about saving, making it a daily part of life, just like working to earn it. In the end we are hopefully empowering them to have a far greater sense of control over their financial affairs, of which saving is such a big part.

It won’t happen overnight. But it does need to happen, and with governments and regulators still only paying lip service to financial literacy education in the schools, we hope the Raiz Invest App will be part of the solution to help Australian earn more, while saving.

Don’t have the Raiz App?

Download it for free in the App store or the Webapp below:

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Important Information

The information on this website is general advice only. This means it does not consider any person’s investment objectives, financial situation or investment needs. If you are an investor, you should consult your licensed adviser before acting on any information contained in this article to fully understand the benefits and risk associated with the Raiz product.

The information in this website is confidential. It must not be reproduced, distributed or disclosed to any other person. The information is based on assumptions or market conditions which change without notice. This will impact the accuracy of the information.

Under no circumstances is the information to be used by, or presented to, a person for the purposes of deciding about investing in Raiz.

Past return performance of the Raiz product should not be relied on for deciding to invest in Raiz and is not a good predictor of future performance.

What is My Finance?

Need an easier way to understand your finances? My Finance is a free to use feature within the Raiz app. It provides you personalised insights and notifications on how you are spending. Spending is the other side of the equation when it comes to saving so by spending less, you can potentially save more…. Keeing a handle on how spending can help you meet your savings goals 🙂

In addition, we have harnessed machine learning & artificial intelligence into the feature so that it will provide you with tips & insights relevant to you – about your spending habits and where you may have saving opportunities. Or you can also  question our chatbot Ashlee – see our blog ‘Ask Ashlee – Raiz Intelligent Chatbot’

My Finance Tip

How it works

To use My Finance, please make sure you link up your spending accounts as this is how My Finance will be able to provide you personalised insights. The more up to date your My Finance is with categorised spends and linked accounts, the more accurate this will be.

Link your spending accounts to see where you spend

Check out ‘Uncategorised’ tab in My Finance

Check out the ‘Uncategorised’ tab within ‘Categorise Transactions’ to categorise any that My Finance was unable to. My Finance will then learn to categorise this in the future and give you better insights, powered by machine learning technology.

You are also able to change categorised transactions that we may have categorised wrong at any time by tapping on ‘All’ and the specific transaction you’d like to change. It will also fix up past transactions and My Finance will learn to categorise this in the future as well.

Check out the ‘Uncategorised’ tab within ‘Categorise Transactions’
Check out the ‘Uncategorised’ tab within ‘Categorise Transactions’

Future Cash

My Finance also projects your future free cash based on your past spending and income, which may also help you determine if you are spending above your means or if you can save more.

Project your future free cash

Integrated into our Raiz Chat

We know it can be hard to quickly check or calculate your expenses on the go. That’s why My Finance is also integrated into our Raiz Chatbot, Ashlee who will be able to respond to your spending and future cashflow questions in real-time. You can check this out in more detail on our blog – ‘Ask Ashlee – Raiz Intelligent Chatbot Questions’

Don’t have the Raiz App?

Download it for free in the App store or the Webapp below:

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Click to download the Raiz App

Important Information

The information on this website is general advice only.  This means it does not consider any person’s investment objectives, financial situation or investment needs. If you are an investor, you should consult your licensed adviser before acting on any information contained in this article to fully understand the benefits and risk associated with the Raiz product.

The information in this website is confidential. It must not be reproduced, distributed or disclosed to any other person. The information is based on assumptions or market conditions which change without notice. This will impact the accuracy of the information.

Under no circumstances is the information to be used by, or presented to, a person for the purposes of deciding about investing in Raiz.  

Past return performance of the Raiz product should not be relied on for deciding to invest in Raiz and is not a good predictor of future performance.

By Rachel Gopez – uno Home Loans
  1. Where do I start?

Buying a property can be one of the most stressful times in your life. A lot of research, time and effort is required to find the ideal house. There are many things to consider, so it helps to have a structured set of steps to follow when starting the process.

A great starting point is to work out a budget based on your deposit and how much you can borrow. It can be tricky to pull numbers out of thin air, so using an online calculator such as uno’s borrowing calculator is a great tool to help you work this out. Once you get your pre-approval secured, you’ll have a good estimation of what purchase price you’re looking at. After finalising your exact budget, you can get started on the fun part: finding your dream home!

  1. How much money do I need for a deposit?

A deposit isn’t the exact same amount for everyone. When calculating your home deposit, most lenders generally require 10% of the property’s value and sometimes only 5%. For example, if the property you want to buy is valued at $800,000, the deposit required would usually be between $40,000 (5% of $800,000) and $80,000 (for a 10% deposit).

With a 5% deposit, it needs to comprise genuine savings. This doesn’t include money from a parent or third party (this is known as a gift) and must be savings in a bank account.

The more money you have saved for a deposit, the better. “Having at least a 20% deposit is your best option, as it saves you from paying lenders mortgage insurance,” says uno Home Loans team leader, Chris McNaughton.

  1. Can I buy a property with no deposit saved?

So you’re not a famous blogger and have no money saved yet? All is not lost! A guarantor loan is one way to buy property when you don’t have a deposit. A guarantor is legally responsible for paying back the entire loan if you cannot make the loan repayments. The guarantor is usually a family member and will also have to pay any fees, charges and interest. Learn more about guarantor loans here.

  1. What costs are involved in buying a home?

The exact costs involved in buying property depend on which state you live in. This is due to the variance in house prices, stamp duty and legal costs. You can calculate how much stamp duty you’ll have to pay, based on your state, here. You’ll also have to pay a transfer fee and a mortgage registration fee. The transfer fee is roughly around $200-$300 and the mortgage registration fee is around $100-$150.

The legal work involved in preparing the contract of sale and thoroughly reading all legal documents is called conveyancing. A conveyancer can help you arrange and make changes to a contract. The price range for this service is typically around $600 to $1,500.

  1. How much does an average house cost in Australia?

Australian property prices are talked about more than Australia’s Prime Minister (who is it again?). Asking the cost of a house in Australia is like asking how much a latte costs: it really depends on where you are. Median property prices in each state change month-to-month, but you can find updated data from property analytics company CoreLogic.

Remember, buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’re likely to make in your lifetime. You want to do your research and take it seriously.

About Author

Rachel Gopez is Content Producer at uno Home Loans, the online mortgage broker.

Looking for a new home loan? What used to take days with banks and brokers can how be done in less than 10 minutes – from your lap top or mobile phone. uno is an online mortgage broker with one mission: to help you win at home loans. Whether you’re a home buyer or looking to refinance an existing loan, uno puts the power back in your hands. Visit www.unohomeloans.com.au

It’s important to note that the information we give here is general in nature – no matter how helpful or relatable you find our articles. Even if it seems like we’re writing about you, it’s not personal or financial advice. That’s why you should always ask a professional before making any life-changing decisions.

Raiz: Need a way to start saving for a house deposit?

Use Raiz to set up a Savings Goal to help you reach that house deposit easier. While just having round-ups turned on might take longer than you’d like to save this up, you can also set up a recurring investment or invest lumpsum deposits whenever you have free cash to spare. You can also manage your budget through the MyFinance feature, which shows an overview of your current and future cashflow. By automating your Savings plan, you can spend more time on looking for your perfect home!

Set up a Savings Goal in Raiz to reach your deposit easier!

Important Information

The information on this website is general advice only.  This means it does not consider any person’s investment objectives, financial situation or investment needs. If you are an investor, you should consult your licensed adviser before acting on any information contained in this article to fully understand the benefits and risk associated with the Raiz product.

The information in this website is confidential. It must not be reproduced, distributed or disclosed to any other person. The information is based on assumptions or market conditions which change without notice. This will impact the accuracy of the information.

Under no circumstances is the information to be used by, or presented to, a person for the purposes of deciding about investing in Raiz.  

Past return performance of the Raiz product should not be relied on for deciding to invest in Raiz and is not a good predictor of future performance.

Sydney, Australia – 3 October 2018 – New research by Raiz Invest Limited, the mobile-first micro-investing platform, shows the recent political climate has made millennials more financially risk averse, with almost half (44 per cent) spending less than six months ago. An even greater proportion (48 per cent) considering changes to their investment strategy.

More than 1,000 young Australians were asked about changes in spending and savings habits, as well as trust in major institutions around personal finances – including superannuation, savings and investment funds – to uncover the impact of these major events on their behaviour.

 

Australians are feeling disillusioned – Raiz Study

No surprise that nearly one in three (29 per cent) mistrust their financial institutions with their superannuation, with a third (34 per cent) remaining neutral. A quarter of respondents no longer trusted financial institutions with their investment funds.

Recent research from the Museum of Australian Democracy and University of Canberra reinforces the growing pattern of disillusionment and cynicism with Australian politics. Only 31 per cent expressed trust in the Federal Government.

“Repeated leadership spills, continued investigation into the big banks, insurance and super regulation have all truly unsettled Australians, causing them to call into question, where they invest and deposit their savings and assets,” Raiz Invest Managing Director, George Lucas, says. “It is not a good outcome for the entire financial services industry including Raiz with all institutions and FinTechs being tainted by the revelations in the Royal Commission”.

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Millennials more risk averse

The research found more than half (51 per cent) of millennials consider themselves risk averse when it comes to investing. One in ten described themselves as extremely risk-averse investors. Since the Royal Commission into financial services, the majority still are not ready to consolidate superannuation into one fund, with over one in five (22 per cent) stating that they believe it’s better to spread the risk across a few funds and 34 per cent admitting to being ill informed on such matters.

“The high number of risk-averse millennials correlates with the idea of disillusionment in financial institutions.  It is not surprising that they still are reluctant to consolidate their superannuation into one financial institution but would rather spread the risk. Going forward the average Australian will find it more difficult and expensive to get financial advice, making it more important than ever that the FinTech industry continues to grow to fill the gap and provide advice in new innovative ways,” Lucas says.

“We’re seeing the games in Canberra having a real affect, with 58 per cent of millennials either saving more or spending less as confidence in politics shrinks,” Lucas says. “We are also seeing real impacts from the Royal Commission, with outcomes that may not benefit the average Australian, like more expensive financial advice or making it harder to obtain a home loan. Millennials need to continue the trend of saving and investing and improving their financial literacy early to meet the changing landscape of financial services in Australia.”

Raiz encourages millennials and all Australians to invest for the future, putting complete control in the palm of their hand. Through Raiz Invest and Raiz Invest Super, we will continue to help Australian’s become more financially literate and improve their financial confidence.

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Important Information

The information on this website is general advice only.  This means it does not consider any person’s investment objectives, financial situation or investment needs. If you are an investor, you should consult your licensed adviser before acting on any information contained in this article to fully understand the benefits and risk associated with the Raiz product.

The information in this website is confidential. It must not be reproduced, distributed or disclosed to any other person. The information is based on assumptions or market conditions which change without notice. This will impact the accuracy of the information.

Under no circumstances is the information to be used by, or presented to, a person for the purposes of deciding about investing in Raiz.  

Past return performance of the Raiz product should not be relied on for deciding to invest in Raiz and is not a good predictor of future performance.

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Since launch, 300,000+ Australians have signed up to Raiz after being referred*. We want to thank you for bringing us up with your friends and family, for sharing your stories and for thinking of us when others ask for recommendations. Without your support, Raiz would not be possible!

Your Raiz reviews – good and bad have continued to help us improve the Raiz product and features.

Check out some Raiz reviews below:

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Since launch, we have released 9 major features from your direct feedback and support. We look forward to continue growing our community and product with your feedback and support!

Your Raiz Team

*Referred both paid & unpaid

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Important Information

The information on this website is general advice only.  This means it does not consider any person’s investment objectives, financial situation or investment needs. If you are an investor, you should consult your licensed adviser before acting on any information contained in this article to fully understand the benefits and risk associated with the Raiz product.

The information in this website is confidential. It must not be reproduced, distributed or disclosed to any other person. The information is based on assumptions or market conditions which change without notice. This will impact the accuracy of the information.

Under no circumstances is the information to be used by, or presented to, a person for the purposes of deciding about investing in Raiz.  

Past return performance of the Raiz product should not be relied on for deciding to invest in Raiz and is not a good predictor of future performance.

  1. An active Raiz Invest Super Account must be held (account balance greater than $5). Raiz account holders hold valid accounts as set out in the product disclosure statements found on the website: www.raizinvest.com.au .
  2. Entries open Thursday 27thSeptember 2018 at 4PM and entries close Friday October 5th October 2018 at 5PM. To enter, one must comment on the Facebook post within the time frame stated above.
  3. Raiz Invest will select five winners with a $100.00 credit investment in to their active Raiz Investment Account. These five investments will be selected at Raiz’s discretion.
  4.  These five Raiz Account holders will be requested to message us their email and will be notified by email when the credit investment is deposited into their Raiz Investment account by Friday 19th October 2018.
  5. The permit number in the format “NSW Permit No. LTPM/17/02522.”
  6.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any other third party.
  7. By entering this promotion, you agree that we may use entries for future marketing purposes in any media or branding.
  8.  The competition is promoted by Raiz Invest Australia Limited, Level 11/2 Bulletin Place Sydney 2000 NSW, 1300 754 748. ABN 26 604 402 815, who is the Authorised Representative of AFSL 434776. The Raiz product is issued in Australia by Instreet Investment Limited (ACN 128 813 016 AFSL 434776) and promoted by Raiz Invest Australia Limited (ACN 604 402 815). A Product Disclosure Statement dated 10th April 2018 for this product is available on the Raiz website and App. A person should read and consider the Product Disclosure Statement in deciding whether or not to acquire and continue to hold interests in the product. The risks of investing in this product are fully set out in the Product Disclosure Statement and include the risks that would ordinarily apply to investing.

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5 Ways to save more with Raiz

Do you like to save? Here are 5 ways to save more by making the most out of Raiz!

Automate your Savings Goal

By automating and naming your savings goal, this will help reaching your goal easier. With our Savings Goal feature, you can set a recurring investment in-line with your pay day, as Raiz allows you to customise investing daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. You can customise the goal name to keep you focused on what you are trying to achieve. You are also less likely to miss or notice the money when investing in small amounts regularly and stops you from thinking “I will save on my next pay” (on every pay check!)

Automate your Savings Goal

Check out ‘Uncategorised’ tab in My Finance

MyFinance is a free to use feature within the Raiz app. It provides you personalised insights and notifications on how you are spending. Spending is the other side of the equation and keeping a handle on this can help you meet your savings goals.

MyFinance also projects your future free cash based on your past spending and income, which may also help you determine if you are spending above your means or if you can save more. To make the most out of it on ways to save more, link up all your spending accounts and check out the ‘Uncategorised’ tab within ‘Categorise Transactions’ to categorise any that MyFinance was unable to. MyFinance will then learn to give you better insights, powered by machine learning technology.

Check out ‘Uncategorised’ tab in My Finance

Do your normal shopping through Raiz Rewards

Better than loyalty points! Racking up points which you can redeem later (for half a toaster…) have been the traditional model for rewards programs. With Raiz Rewards, by just clicking through our links, you can earn a cash reward on eligible purchases, invested back into your Raiz account. Just like the Raiz philosophy, all these small rewards can add up, especially with over 100 brands partners to shop from. Already do your clothing or grocery shopping online? Take advantage of saving more simply by doing the same shopping through the Raiz platform and receiving a cash reward every time. Read more about ways to save with Raiz Rewards on our blog – ‘Raiz Rewards: Cash-forward is the new cashback

Do your normal shopping through Raiz Rewards to get rewarded

Get to know your finances instantly with Ashlee, the Raiz Chatbot

The problem with managing your finances in the past was having to manually do it yourself, usually through a tedious spreadsheet. We’ve changed this by integrating our chatbot, Ashlee, with Facebook Messenger. Much like a personal fitness coach, Ashlee makes getting to know your finance easy and simple. She can respond in real-time on questions around your spending habits e.g. “How much did I spend on shopping last week?” or “how about last month?” as well as answer questions on future savings e.g. “Can I afford to buy a new phone?” or “how long will it take me to save $2,000?”. For more questions and ways to save more, check out our blog – ‘Ask Ashlee – Raiz Intelligent Chatbot Questions

To use, just go into your Facebook Messenger app and search for Raiz Chatbot. Please note, you will need a Facebook Messenger account to access the Chatbot. The more up to date your MyFinance is with categorised spends and linked accounts, the more accurate the responses from Ashlee will be.

Get to know your finances instantly with Ashlee

Personal Contributions to Raiz Invest Super

The more you save for your future now, the higher the potential income can be when the future arrives. New laws passed in July 2017 means all employees are now eligible to claim personal tax deductions on contributions up to a cap. Prior to this, it was limited and required arranging a salary sacrifice with your employer. This means now your savings in Raiz Invest Super may be tax deductible* through personal contributions!

You can also open a Raiz Invest Super account and see all your other superannuation funds or consolidate any other existing Super funds you may have into Raiz Invest Super. By doing this, it may save you more from removing extra fees and insurance premiums. With Raiz, see all your investments in one place on your mobile phone.

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Raiz Invest Super is fully integrated into the Raiz app.

Don’t have the Raiz App?

Download it for free in the App store or the Webapp below:

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Click to download the Raiz App

Important Information

The information on this website is general advice only.  This means it does not consider any person’s investment objectives, financial situation or investment needs. If you are an investor, you should consult your licensed adviser before acting on any information contained in this article to fully understand the benefits and risk associated with the Raiz product.

The information in this website is confidential. It must not be reproduced, distributed or disclosed to any other person. The information is based on assumptions or market conditions which change without notice. This will impact the accuracy of the information.

Under no circumstances is the information to be used by, or presented to, a person for the purposes of deciding about investing in Raiz.  

Past return performance of the Raiz product should not be relied on for deciding to invest in Raiz and is not a good predictor of future performance.

* For the new rules, there are certain eligibility criteria, which are not trivial, so you do need to check with a licensed tax adviser (or other) before deciding to make voluntary contributions and claim a deduction.

Thanks to Channel 9 News for the great piece on how Raiz is helping Australians save more for their goals and Superannuation! To read more, please go to their article – ‘The app increasing your super while you spend’ or watch the video below.

Channel 9 news video below

Article Excerpt:

Raiz is helping consumers use their spare change to boost retirement savings through an easy-to-manage investment account. And Raiz user Nathan Martyn said he has already saved hundreds.

“I wanted to start paying attention to where my super was and how it was likely to generate over time,” Martyn told Nine News.

“I’ve had over the last six months about $500, which has generated about a 10% return,” he said.

Superannuation money is invested into the same funds as the investment account where your spare change goes. You then choose whether to invest in lower or higher risk funds, and can see how it is performing every day.

“You have a Raiz invest account and with the push of a button your details are transferred over to create a super account,” said Raiz chief operating officer Brendan Malone.

“It brings all your super into one place, into one investment app where you can see the opportunities.”

Don’t have the Raiz App?

Download it for free in the App store or the Webapp below:

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Click to download the Raiz app

 

Important Information

The information on this website is general advice only. This means it does not take into account any person’s particular investment objectives, financial situation or investment needs. If you are an investor, you should consult your licensed adviser before acting on any information contained in this article to fully understand the benefits and risk associated with the Raiz product.

The information in this website is confidential. It must not be reproduced, distributed or disclosed to any other person. The information is based on assumptions or market conditions which change without notice. This will impact the accuracy of the information.

Under no circumstances is the information to be used by, or presented to, a person for the purposes of deciding about investing in Raiz.

Past return performance of the Raiz product should not be relied on for making a decision to invest in Raiz and is not a good predictor of future performance.

We are excited to announce a new feature – the Raiz Facebook Chatbot – Ashlee – to help you feel even more control of your finances!

Ashlee, the intelligent Chatbot, can answer both generic and specific questions relating to you such as “What is my balance?”, “How much did I spend on shopping last week? last month?” or “Can I afford to go out tonight?”

Chat to Ashlee, the Raiz Chatbot through your Facebook Messenger App

Ashlee responds in real-time to questions specific to you, through Facebook messenger to your mobile phone. The more up to date your MyFinance is with categorised spends and linked accounts, the more accurate the responses from Ashlee will be.

To use, just go into your Facebook Messenger app and search for ‘Raiz Chatbot’. Please note, you will need a Facebook Messenger account to access the Chatbot.

Search ‘Raiz Chatbot’ in the Facebook Messenger App

Below is a list of questions you can ask Ashlee, the Raiz Chatbot! Ashlee can answer both generic and specific questions relating to your Raiz account. Feel free to try ask her any other questions so we can continue improving her responses.

List of Questions you can ask Ashlee – or try test your own

Below is a Video Demo on how to get started with Ashlee – the Raiz Chatbot:

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Don’t have the Raiz App?

Download it for free in the App store or the Webapp below:

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Important Information

The information on this website and through the Chatbot is general advice only. This means it does not take into account any person’s particular investment objectives, financial situation or investment needs. If you are an investor, you should consult your licensed adviser before acting on any information contained in this article to fully understand the benefits and risk associated with the Raiz product.

The information in this website is confidential. It must not be reproduced, distributed or disclosed to any other person. The information is based on assumptions or market conditions which change without notice. This will impact the accuracy of the information.

Under no circumstances is the information to be used by, or presented to, a person for the purposes of deciding about investing in Raiz. Past return performance of the Raiz product should not be relied on for making a decision to invest in Raiz and is not a good predictor of future performance.

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