How expensive is retirement?

Regular readers will know that we often refer to the costs of living in retirement published by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia and known as the ASFA Retirement Standard. The figures are updated every three months to take into account movements in the general cost of living. The latest ...

Is it time to review your Account Based Pension?

On the 1st of January 2015, the age pension assessment of account-based pensions changed.  Assessment of account-based pensions was brought in line with other “financial Investments”. What does this mean? The balance of the account-based pension, regardless of the income being drawn down, was assessed in the same way as money invested ...

Compound Interest – the most powerful force in the universe!

When saving for a long-term goal, such as retirement, is it better to save small amounts for a long time, perhaps saving when we can ill-afford to, or waiting until later in life and putting larger amounts aside when it is more affordable? This question has plagued society for decades and ...

Superannuation death benefits – do you know where yours will go?

Unfortunately, this blog is not a happy one. But it covers a very important subject. Over recent weeks I have had what seems an abnormal number of questions from advisers regarding their clients who have recently lost a loved one or have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Even at our recent ...

Income – not always what it appears to be

A person’s age pension entitlement is based on several factors. Their age this is the obvious factor. Are they single or a member of a couple? Do they own their home or are they are renting? However, the overriding consideration in determining a person’s correct entitlement is the application of the assets ...

Planning on making super contributions this financial year?

As we move into the start of the fourth quarter of the financial year, it is timely that we turn our mind to tax planning and the things we need to be considering as 30 June looms ahead. Firstly, you need to be very mindful of the correct timing of superannuation ...

Scared of losing your marbles… or just your super?

We have previously written on a number of occasions about the risks of internet-driven identity theft and perhaps, more importantly, the theft of our hard-earned savings. But did you know that thousands of Australians have indirectly ‘given’ billions of dollars of their super to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)? This is not ...

Dividend imputation – what does Labor’s announcement mean?

In the past week, there has been an enormous kerfuffle about Mr Shorten’s plans to abolish the refunding of excess franking credits. On the surface, this might look like a topic that is best ignored, however, there has been so much media commentary both in favour of and against the proposal, ...

 

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