Your no. 1 financial focus – decade by decade

Your no. 1 financial focus – decade by decade Everyone has a different life journey they’re on. But getting on top of key financial goals as you follow your own path could see you enjoying a more comfortable lifestyle and being ready for the next chapter to begin. Read our guide to getting all your money matters sorted out, one decade at a time. In your 20s Goodbye debt – the real danger in your 20s …

How much super should I have?

How much super should I have? It’s all very well having retirement savings as a financial goal, but just how much should you plan to have in your super balance now, and when you retire? Find out more about coming up with a super balance target, for your age group, and for the retirement lifestyle you have in mind. Above or below average? Assuming you’ve been in the workforce for a few months, years or …

Planning for the unplanned in retirement

Planning for the unplanned in retirement It’s important to prepare for unexpected illness that could throw your retirement plans off course. When you close your eyes and think about retirement, what comes into your mind? Lounging on a pristine beach in the Whitsundays? Enjoying a croissant in a café on the Champs Elysees? Kitesurfing on the bay? If you’re approaching the finish line, chances are that you’re getting proactive and eagerly preparing for life after …

Scaling down to retirement – tips and tricks

Scaling down to retirement – tips and tricks If you were scaling down to retirement, what would it mean to you? Would you draw a line in the sand where one day you’re working full-time and the next day a whole new world of recreation opens up to you? Or would you gradually reduce paid work and swap it for travel, hobbies, looking after the grandchildren or other things? I was speaking to a good …

How much is really needed in retirement?

How much is really needed in retirement? In the UK in 2014, The Independent Review of Retirement Income (IRRI) was commissioned to look at retirement incomes. Two recommendations from IRRI were: The use of deterministic projections of the returns on products should be banned. They should be replaced with stochastic projections that take into account important real-world issues, such as sequence-of-returns risk (and) inflation. Quite a bit to digest. There is a broader discussion of …

Don’t allow a BoMaD to ruin your retirement

Don’t allow a BoMaD to ruin your retirement   What is a BoMaD and why should you care? The BoMaD – or Bank of Mum and Dad – is the 10th largest lending institution in Australia, ahead of ING, Suncorp and Bendigo Bank. It is estimated to be lending $65 billion per annum, according to a Mozo survey in September 2017. That’s right, $65 billion a year is being transferred from the pockets of Australian mums and …

Super – so what?

Super – so what? For some people, super may be the most valuable asset they’ll ever have. So it makes sense to know how much they have and how it’s invested. But it’s very often the case that young people, in particular, see super as being something that’s of low concern. So how can the super industry get young people interested in something they won’t benefit from for years to come? With home ownership rates …

When can I afford to retire?

When can I afford to retire? Judging when you’re ready to retire is a tricky proposition, with the need to balance comfort, lifestyle and future income. When can you afford to retire? We sat down with CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®professional and private client adviser Chris Giaouris of Chronos Private to find out how to tell when you’re retirement-ready.  How do you know how much money you’ll need to retire? To be frank, it’s impossible to know for …

Should you be sharing your super with the kids?

Should you be sharing your super with the kids? According to the latest research from REST Industry Super, working Australians aged over 50 are very much in the habit of making financial contributions to their kids. So far they’ve shelled out $31.6 billion for home deposits, $55.9 billion for education and nearly $10 billion for wedding expenses1. So is funding major life events for the next generation affordable? And what happens when you want to …

The four steps to a better retirement

The four steps to a better retirement Today, with Australians living longer and healthier lives, the concept of retirement is much different to what it was only one generation ago. For each retiree, retirement is different. Typically, there are four areas that need to be considered to help you better understand your retirement goals and objectives. The four steps to a better retirement.  These are: Define your retirement vision; Understand your cash flow requirements; Clarify …