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Sophie
Elsworth

Personal Finance Writer at News Corporation

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Sophie Elsworth is national personal finance writer at News Corporation. She specialises in anything relating to the hip pocket including home loans, credit cards, superannuation and investing. Sophie writes across the nation's biggest mastheads including the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail and The Advertiser. In 2001 she joined NewsCorp and has moved around the country working in Adelaide and Brisbane before returning to Melbourne in 2013.

Sophie is a financial commentator and regularly features on TV and radio programs including A Current Affair, the Your Money show on the Your Money channel and the Today Show. She has also featured in radio interviews on Sydney's 2GB and Adelaide's 5AA stations.

Sophie loves anything relating to saving a dollar and her mission is to help others decipher their finances and live a financially comfortable lifestyle. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree.

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Get your Finances into Shape

Are you a spender or a saver? Not all of us are good with money so is it possible to turn it around? The way many of us handle money is the byproduct of how our parents handled their financial affairs. This talk covers the major issues around money management and provides easy ways on how to better at it and get back in the black. It is possible to become good with cash but it takes some serious determination and motivation to do it.

Instant Gratification

We live in a world of where we want everything now. Delayed gratification is no more - it’s a case of getting things exactly when we want them. This talk examines the boom in the use of credit cards and buy now, pay later schemes including Afterpay and Zippay that have left many Australians swimming in serious debt. It takes a look at the old-fashioned ways of buying items using methods such as paying with cash or taking out store laybys. It also examines why instant gratification is doing many of us more harm than good.

No Care about Superannuation

Millions of Australians have little to no engagement with their superannuation despite many of us having tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed away. The super industry has failed to engage Australians - particularly the younger generations - with their retirement savings. How can this be turned around? Why should you care about superannuation now and what difference can it make if you do? Includes latest figures on what we need to comfortably retire and how we can get ourselves on track.
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