Grandchildren – yes, I am that old!

I have become a grandfather for the third time in the last week. My beautiful daughter gave birth to a very healthy 3kg boy, Edward Kyle. Very English I know - her wonderful partner is English. My granddaughters, twins, Penelope and Adeline, are approaching two years of age - creating a ...

Older Australians and their housing dilemma

As we approach another Christmas, perhaps it is time to reflect on those members of our community that are doing it tough. Sadly, the number of older Australians affected by housing affordability in on the increase. Quite recently COTA NSW released a report into research they conducted in relation to the ...

Change for good or change for the sake of change?

With the rather significant swing against the Coalition at last weekends’ by-election in the Sydney seat of Wentworth, we turn our attention to next year’s Federal Election, expected to be held around May 2019. If present trends are an indication of the future, we will see a change of government with ...

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 ...

 

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