What does the election result mean for our super?

Against the odds and the predictions of both pre-election polling and the commentary of so many media “experts”, the Coalition looks set to return to government following the 18 May Federal Election. This result was not expected, and I am sure many readers were preparing for significant changes to tax, and to their ...

I just got a confusing letter from my super fund

In May 2019, superannuation fund trustees started writing to selected members of their funds informing them the insurance cover held in their super account may be cancelled. This can have serious consequences for fund members if not addressed promptly. The action being taken by the super funds is as a consequence of legislation that was ...

Apparently, there is an election coming up!

By now I would imagine that most readers are tiring of the up-coming election. The media is having a field day reporting on every waking moment in the lives of our key politicians from both the major and minor parties. Our household has been declared an election-free zone. We have pretty much stopped watching live to ...

Things retirees fear

Recently I was having coffee with a friend. While we were talking, he asked me a rather unusual question. That question was: ‘What did I think people approaching retirement, and those already retired, feared the most?’ It got me thinking. In my day job I work with a lot of financial planners that have clients who range ...

Is Transition to Retirement Still Viable?

As many readers will be aware, legally getting access to superannuation before retirement can be a rather difficult. But, back in 2005 things were made just a little easier. Superannuation law was amended to allow people to access their super from preservation age – currently 55, but progressively increasing to 60 – without having ...

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 ...

More from Vietnam

A couple of weeks back I posted a blog covering some of the learnings and experiences from a recent trip to a conference in Hanoi. This week, I thought I would share the key messages from some of the other presenters. Overall, the presenters that spoke at the conference were amongst the ...

 

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