What happens to my super when I die?

What happens to my super when I die? As uncomfortable as it can be to think about, no one lives forever. And because you’ve worked hard to earn your super money, you’ll want to make sure that when the time comes, your remaining super goes to your loved ones. Like …

The virtue of (salary) sacrifice

The virtue of (salary) sacrifice When you make a sacrifice, you’re usually giving something up with the expectation of future gain. Salary sacrificing into your super is no different—you’re giving up ready access to your money in your take-home pay. But in return you’re boosting your retirement savings and saving …

Government pulls back on proposed changes to super

Government pulls back on proposed changes to super The government has announced changes to three key 2016 Federal Budget proposals—the most significant being that it would not go forward with its proposal to introduce a $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional (after-tax) super contributions. In a nutshell the new proposals include: …

What’s worth more – your belongings or your livelihood?

What’s worth more – your belongings or your livelihood?   At least one in five of us will be unable to work due to injury or illness in our lifetime, yet we’re still more likely to insure our car than our most important asset–ourselves. You might have the attitude ‘she’ll …

A growing family doesn’t have to blow the budget

A growing family doesn’t have to blow the budget If you’re thinking of expanding your family, be sure to keep on top of things financially. Having a family usually comes not just with extra expenses but also a drop in income as one or both of you take time off …

Blinded by optimism

Blinded by optimism We’re designed to believe bad things won’t happen but it pays to think clearly and put plans in place, ahead of time. Behavioural science reveals that it’s in our nature to believe bad things won’t happen to us in the future, even if we’re accustomed to bad …

Thinking about managing your own super?

Thinking about managing your own super? If you’re wondering what’s involved in self managed super and whether it’s a good option for you, here are some things to consider. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to managing a self managed super fund (SMSF). Setting up a compliant fund …

What’s your biggest obstacle to financial success?

What’s your biggest obstacle to financial success? Science reveals how our human-hardwiring can get in the way and cost us much more than we think. As humans we have changed a lot over time. Vast periods of time have seen us adapt and evolve—from hunting for food to ordering online …

Be a senior entrepreneur on your own terms!

Be a senior entrepreneur on your own terms! Many people over 50 are putting their skills and experience to work in their own businesses. Retirement is no longer the destination it used to be. If you’re like many Aussies who are heading into their later years after a lifetime of …