Case Study: First-time parents ready to build a road map and leverage a healthy monthly surplus


Our clients are a couple in their late 30’s who have just had their first child. Household income is $280K/annum with both partners working in tech. They have net assets of $648,000 with a healthy monthly surplus but no budget structure in place.


  • Purchase a family home within the next 2 years
  • Save for son’s future high school & university education expenses
  • Save for annual travel goals – $10K/annum and then $30K every 4 years
  • Financial freedom within 20 years – be able to fund our living expenses from our investments


  • Implement a structured cash flow plan with surplus allocated towards goals list – with a focus on weekly allocation towards discretionary spending
  • Sell some of their employee share options to purchase family home within 12 months
  • Start an education investment account for their son
  • Create a travel fund and start allocating funds monthly for annual travel goals
  • Personal share portfolio to commence following home purchase

Advice Outcomes:

With a clear plan in place mapping out the financial structure and strategy needed to achieve their goals our clients will see a net asset increase of $448,002 over 5 years with the proposed strategy in place.

For this couple, the plan includes a strategy to manage their large employee share options, their high daycare costs until their son attends school and a longer-term plan around a possible relocation to QLD in the next 5-10 years.

Ryan Porter is a Wealth Coach at Catalyst Wealth Group. His mission is to help his clients achieve financial success and live their ideal life.

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