Age Pension – not set and forget?

Applying for an age pension is not easy. There is a comprehensive and complicated application form with an extensive number of questions to be answered and depending on your circumstances, innumerable documents that need to be  photocopied and lodged as well. If an application is successful and the age pension is granted, ...

Has superannuation failed us?

For many older Australians, superannuation is a relatively new concept, having only been available to the masses since the mid-1980’s. Although ‘award based’ superannuation first appeared in 1985, the more formal compulsory superannuation guarantee system was introduced in 1992. Before becoming compulsory, employer sponsored superannuation was pretty much optional. Certainly, public ...

Real Estate Investment – not that simple?

By Tuesday, April 11, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 3

  When they retire, a large number of Australians have a diversified portfolio of investments, including cash, shares and superannuation and in a substantial number of cases, an investment property. During a person’s working life the investment property can provide a number of benefits including possible increases in the property’s value, a ...

Should life be this difficult?

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I recently heard a story of a couple in their late 60s who are providing for themselves in retirement. They have never applied for the age pension. The story goes that they believe they would be entitled to at least a part age pension, however, their visits to Centrelink (even just ...

 

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