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 ...

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 ...

When modest doesn’t cut it

Regular readers of our blog will be familiar with the work that the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) does in producing quarterly estimates of just how much it cost to live in retirement. Tealey and I usually sit glued to our computer screens following the end of each quarter, ...

I wish my husband never retired

This is a true story. Only the personal details have been redacted for privacy reasons. Jack and Diane have been married for forty-three years. Jack is seventy-one and Diane sixty-eight. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Diane works four days a week in a local business - just because she enjoys ...

Age Pension and the Superannuation Sweet Spot?

What am I talking about? I will try and provide a very simple explanation.  The “Superannuation Sweet Spot” is recent terminology referring to the amount of money a person or couple needs to have saved in superannuation to ensure they achieve a reasonable level of income while maximizing their age pension. There ...

Helping the kids into the housing market

Hardly a week goes by without mainstream media reminding us of Australia’s predominantly East Coast housing affordability crisis and just how difficult it is for young people to break into the housing market and buy their first home. The government has introduced initiatives such as the First Home Super Savers scheme, ...

 

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