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Aussie confidence in dire state on financial, property fronts

By Jack Derwin 24 October 2016 | 1 minute read

Australians may have rising disposable incomes but they are increasingly feeling financially insecure and stressed, overwhelmingly due to mortgages and debt.

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According to the AMP Wellness report for 2016, less than half of Australians feel confident about their finances.

“Despite the increase in disposable income, financial stress has still increased because people are worried about primarily bad debt and saving for retirement,” AMP corporate superannuation director Vicki Doyle told Smart Property Investment's sister publication nestegg.com.au.

The report found that less than half of those surveyed reported feeling confident about their finances, while more than a quarter of workers, or the equivalent of 2.8 million people, felt stressed.

“The main reason for financial stress was due to mortgages and debt. Interestingly, if you consider that the most stressed areas are Brisbane, Adelaide and PerthPerth, TAS Perth, WA, there have been a lot of property changes in those markets,” Ms Doyle said.

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In those cities, nearly one-in-three respondents reported feeling the financial pinch above the national average, while freelancers, single parents, low-income earners and females were the most at-risk groups.

“Managing budget and savings, making ends meet, debt management and saving for retirement are still issues people are very worried about,” Ms Doyle said.

“Of the main triggers of financial stress for Australians, 50 per cent attributed their stress to debt, 43 per cent to not being able to achieve goals and 35 per cent to not having enough to live a comfortable retirement.”

With stressed employees taking four additional sick days per year than their co-workers, AMP estimates that lost productivity due to financial stress costs the country $47.2 billion every year.

However, when it comes to remaining calm, the research said the best course of action was “simple but difficult to do”, Ms Doyle said.

“Set a goal, track the goal and plan to achieve the goal.”

RELATED TERMS

Budget

Budget is defined as the estimation of expenses made over a specified time for the purchase of goods or services.

Debt

Debt refers to the amount of money borrowed from a creditor with the intention to pay back at a specified date.

Mortgage

Mortgages are loans that are used to buy homes and other real estate where the property itself serves as collateral for the loan.

Mortgage

Mortgages are loans that are used to buy homes and other real estates where the property itself serves as collateral for the loan.

Property

Property refers to either a tangible or intangible item that an individual or business has legal rights or ownership of, such as houses, cars, stocks or bond certificates.



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