Pensioners living in million-dollar homes!

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As many readers will be aware, the family home is exempt from means testing for Social Security benefits, including the age pension. But this hasn’t always been the case. When the Commonwealth first introduced the age pension back in 1909, the family home was included as an asset. However, in 1912 the Government of the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

 

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