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Debunking 11 Common Myths about Personal Finance

Are you ready to take control of your personal finances? Our latest article dives deep into debunking 11 common myths about personal finance that could be holding you back from achieving your money goals.

Discover the truth behind these misconceptions and empower yourself to make informed decisions about your finances.

Myth #1: Financial success is determined by your income level.

Truth📢 Instead of solely focusing on increasing your income, consider growing your assets. Your asset base will ultimately generate the passive income needed to fund your retirement.

Myth #2: Pay off the family mortgage before investing

Truth📢 While many assume this to be true, delaying your investments can actually cost you more in the long run. Waiting means missing out on the potential power of compounding earnings early on.

Myth #3: Relying on the government pension is enough

Truth📢 Approximately two-thirds of Australia’s population aged 65 and above qualify for partial or full pension of around $42k for couples and $27k for singles which may not be enough to maintain your desired lifestyle in retirement.

With increased life expectancy, it’s likely that one person in a couple will live beyond the age of 90. Therefore, it’s crucial to have a retirement income outside of the pension to ensure your financial security over a retirement period of 30 years plus.

Myth #4: A financial plan is unnecessary

Truth📢 A robust financial plan is the ultimate tool for achieving future financial success. Without it, managing your finances can become overwhelming. A well-crafted plan simplifies things, keeps you on track, and guides your next steps.

Myth #5: Investing requires significant capital

Truth📢 Your investment potential is not defined by the amount you have to invest.

By consistently allocating at least 10% of your monthly income towards investments, you can mitigate market volatility and leverage the magic of compounding.

Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail. When it comes to your finances, you’ll realise the undeniable truth of this statement.

Myth #6: Daily stock market monitoring is a must

Truth📢 be told, the day-to-day fluctuations of the market seldom offer meaningful insights. Fixating on these daily swings can result in ill-timed decisions, leading to regrets.

Successful investing boils down to a simple formula: define your goals, grasp your risk profile, and construct a well-rounded portfolio.

Myth #7: Relying solely on an accountant to handle your finances is sufficient

Truth📢 Achieving financial independence requires more than just tax optimisation. It’s about making wise investment choices and taking smart financial decisions that will secure a comfortable retirement income.

Myth #8: Expenses magically decrease in retirement

Truth📢 assuming a decrease in expenses during retirement can lead to financial disaster. As a general guideline, it’s recommended to have at least 70% of your pre-retirement household income to maintain your current standard of living in your golden years.

Factors such as high inflation on goods and services, along with rising healthcare costs, can significantly impact the amount you’ll need to maintain your desired lifestyle during retirement. So, it’s crucial to plan wisely and prepare for the unexpected.

Myth #9: The stock market is too risky for retirement funds

Truth📢 The stock market has a long history of growth and is an essential component of a long-term investment portfolio. A century-long perspective reveals a consistent 10% return for shares when following an evidence-based approach.

Myth #10: Having a plan guarantees success

Truth📢 a financial plan is only valuable when consistently implemented and regularly evaluated.

Think of it like going to the gym once and expecting to stay fit forever. The fitness industry thrives because simplicity doesn’t equal ease.

Similarly, your financial plan requires diligent management. Treat your personal finances like a business. Continuously explore options, assess risks, and make informed decisions.

Myth #11: Property always doubles in value every 10 years

Truth📢 Not all property is created equal and location generally makes up 80% of the long term capital growth so it’s important to do your homework and pick the right property in the right location. 

Now that we’ve debunked 11 of the most common financial myths, you’ll be able to better navigate your own personal finances by understanding what’s false and what’s actually true. This information will keep you better informed when it comes to making financial decisions, including knowing which sources you can rely on and which financial professionals you should trust with your hard-earned money.

Retirement & Superannuation Experts

Mike Sikar

Founder & Principal Advisor

I’ve been a leader and innovator of the financial services industry for almost two decades, as a stockbroker from 1997 – 2007 and as a financial advisor from 2008.

Managing money comes down to basic psychology-understand how it works, know what you want it for and consistently apply the key principles to get the most out of it.



“The best way to measure your investing success is not by whether you’re beating the market but by whether you’ve put in place a financial plan and a behavioral discipline that are likely to get you where you want to go.”

~Benjamin Graham

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