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The faster pathway to building wealth is no longer how much you earn, investors believe

A new survey reveals almost half Australian investors think the route to achieving their financial goals is not through wages

By Bronwyn Allen
Thu, Jul 11, 2024 9:52amGrey Clock 2 min

Almost one in two Australian investors believe what they own is more important than how hard they work and the income they earn for building wealth, according to a survey of more than 2,000 investors conducted by online trading platform Stake. This attitude reflects the fact that house prices have risen faster than wages for many years, according to Stake CEO, Jon Howie.

“In Australia, over the past 30 years, house prices have risen by an average of 8 percent per annum, compared to around 3 percent for wages, and it’s a similar story in New Zealand,” Mr Howie said.Given the property market’s increasing barriers to entry, people are looking for other routes to building wealth. Rather than simply waiting for things to get better, they are upskilling, delaying gratification and engaging with financial markets to supplement their hard work.”

Investors cited slow wage growth as among the three biggest barriers to achieving their financial goals. Almost one in four investors expect no increase to their salary this year, or even a decrease, amid early signs that the labour market is loosening. While the overall unemployment rate remains low at 4 percent, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released this week show there are 1.9 million people who would like to work but can’t find a job and 1.7 million workers who would like more hours.

Mr Howie said the survey results demonstrated a longer-term shift in our economy and the mindset of investors. “… the traditional blueprint to achieving financial security – namely getting a ‘good job’ and buying property – is not as accessible or reliable as it once was,” he said.

Rapidly rising house prices have made property ownership unattainable for some investors, with only 11 percent of survey respondents ranking real estate as the most accessible asset class for building wealth.

While investors are cutting back on discretionary spending to cope with today’s higher costs of living, about 75 percent are still putting some of their income into investments. The most common amount was 1 to 5 percent of their salary. Younger people have been the most active over the past six months, with 85 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds buying assets during this period. One in five investors said they intended to spend their stage three tax cut savings buying shares.

The survey revealed the five biggest motivations for Australian investors, starting with retiring and living off their investments; and supplementing their wage or salary with investment income. The next biggest motivations were funding holidays and travel, cutting back on hours and buying a home.

Australian investors have various definitions of financial success. More than 85 percent said being debt-free and owning their own home were the two most important financial achievements. Other definitions included being able to live in the neighbourhood they want (77 percent) and having the capacity to help family members (75 percent).



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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Officially List Their Massive Beverly Hills Mansion for $68 Million

The celebrity power couple are selling the 12-bedroom, 24-bathroom home barely a year after buying it

By BECKIE STRUM
Fri, Jul 12, 2024 2 min

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have officially put their massive Los Angeles mansion on the market for $68 million.

The lavish Beverly Hills property hit listing sites on Thursday, months after rumours began that the couple, who are reportedly estranged , were shopping the home around only a year after buying it for nearly $61 million.

The roughly 5-acre property—which is in a gated community and spans a massive 38,000 square feet—includes an indoor sports court with an adjacent gym and games room, according to the listing with Santiago Arana of the Agency. The firm declined to comment.

Lopez and Affleck paid $60.8 million for the compound in 2023.
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Built in 2000, the house has 12 bedrooms and a whopping 24 bathrooms. The resort-sized property has the amenities to match, including a V-shaped pool with views over the surrounding hills, a detached two-bedroom guardhouse and a 5,000-square-foot guest penthouse, according to the listing.

Listing images of the house show that Lopez and Affleck have spent the past year warming up what were fairly white-washed interiors when they purchased the home. There’s now a rich, green-painted dining room, hardwood floors and carpeted over cold, polished-stone flooring.

The couple, who got married in 2022 after reuniting some 20 years after they called off their engagement in the early 2000s, purchased the megamansion following a house hunt that went on for several months, The Wall Street Journal reported at the time.

Representatives for Lopez, 54, and Affleck, 51, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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