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Are you making smart financial choices?

11 Apr 2017

Making smart financial choices can be difficult. You need to consider tax laws, super rules, Centrelink – and the list goes on. What’s more, once you’ve made your choice you’re usually stuck with the outcome, for better or worse.

Imagine if you could easily go back and try again if you weren’t happy with the outcome of your choices. That’s exactly what the Choices Interactive Experience allows you to do.

It gives you the opportunity to put your financial know-how to the test by helping five animated couples make smart financial choices when facing realistic scenarios.

Meet the couples

Bruce and Shelley: Try to keep their age pension.

From 1 January 2017 the Centrelink assets test for the age pension is changing and many people are set to lose all or some of their benefits if they don’t reduce their assets.

Should Bruce and Shelley go on a holiday or gift some money to their child? Or perhaps they should renovate their house or transfer some money to super? You choose! 

Natalie and Carlos: Mortgage paid off, now what?

Mortgage repayments are most people’s biggest expense so when it’s paid off the extra money is a big bonus. What would you choose? Splurge it or save it? 

Tina and Dave: Coping with costs after an injury.

Most people have insurance as part of their super plan but don’t know what it covers, if it’s enough and any restrictions that may apply. See what happens to Tina and Dave when they find themselves in some very unfortunate circumstances.

Carol and Chung: Timing their retirement.

Deciding when to retire involves thinking through many factors including tax, super, cash flow and, of course, doing the things you’ve always wanted.

Should Carol retire at 57 or 60? And should she take her super as a lump sum or a pension? See how Carol’s decisions not only affect their finances but their lifestyle goals too.

Jen and Tom: Moving into Aged Care.

There comes a time when empty nesters consider downsizing. For some, this will mean moving into more suitable accommodation for health or age reasons.

Help Jen and Tom with their living circumstances including decisions around Tom’s move into Aged Care accommodation. Should they sell or keep the family home?

Take the challenge

Visit the Choices interactive experience today and see how you go helping one, or all, of these animated couples make smart financial choices. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.


 Take the next step

To discuss your financial situation, make an appointment with a Bridges financial planner.

We have an established alliance with Bridges, to provide our customers with financial advice. Bridges has been helping Australians with financial advice for 30 years.

A Bridges financial planner will develop a plan specifically for you; one that’s tailored to your needs and circumstances to help you achieve your goals.

To make an appointment with a Bridges financial planner, call 1800 645 303. The initial consultation is complimentary and obligation free. 

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