Superannuation 101: Your guide to a happy retirement | Money & Life

Superannuation 101: Your guide to a happy retirement Superannuation is a handy way of saving for retirement, so that you’ll have an income to live on once you’re no longer working. With Aussies living longer than ever before, you could be looking forward-to many happy years of retirement. Having a financial nest-egg to support you into old age is essential. Australia’s superannuation system is a highly regulated and efficient way of saving for your retirement. …

Putting your own needs first | Money & Life

Putting your own needs first It’s a confronting thought, but elder abuse is more common in families than in aged care facilities. The most likely form is financial, and it often results from well-intentioned plans that go wrong. Here are some ideas on how to help your family avoid the pitfalls. It’s a win-win idea. A parent sells their home to move in with their adult child’s family, providing cash for the deposit or renovations …

Making the most of tax savings before 30 June | Money & Life

Making the most of tax savings before 30 June The COVID-19 crisis is turning out to be a tough time for many households. Maximising tax effectiveness is one strategy for being smart with your finances. With the financial impact of COVID-19 being felt by many individuals and families, perhaps you’re looking to lodge your next tax return quickly to benefit from a refund. Before the end of the financial year arrives on 30 June, it’s …

Early access not so super for women | Money & Life

Early access not so super for women The COVID-19 crisis has seen many Australians taking steps to stay afloat with their finances. With women more likely than men to withdraw super to make up the shortfall in their income, what does this mean for their long term financial wellbeing? Fran Hughes CFP®, Head of Financial Solutions at Nexia Perth explores the reasons why a super withdrawal at this time could leave women financially vulnerable. The Australian Government’s …

Get on top of your finances post COVID-19 | Money & Life

Get on top of your finances post COVID-19 As lockdown restrictions begin to ease Australia-wide, a new normal is emerging for businesses and employees. Here we explore the roadmap out of lockdown and what lies ahead for our finances. While it’s too soon to say what the post-lockdown economy will bring, for many Australians life won’t be quite the same as it was before COVID-19. Record job losses, reduced hours of work and the deferral …

COVID-19: Withdrawing super – what to consider | Money & Life

COVID-19: Withdrawing super – what to consider In March 2020, the federal government announced early access to super as one of their measures to support people experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out some things to consider when looking at this option to take the pressure off your finances at this challenging time. Throughout March 2020 the federal government has been releasing details of financial support available to Australians who have lost income …

Withdrawing super – what to consider | Money & Life

Withdrawing super – what to consider In March 2020, the federal government announced early access to super as one of their measures to support people experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out some things to consider when looking at this option to take the pressure off your finances at this challenging time. Throughout March 2020 the federal government has been releasing details of financial support available to Australians who have lost income due …

Where is your cash flow taking you? | Money & Life

Where is your cash flow taking you?  When you compare your current lifestyle, expenses and savings with what you’re planning for in retirement, does it all add up? Find out why it’s important to balance your cash flow now with the super savings you’re going to need in retirement. Living from pay cheque to pay cheque is something that many Australians are used to doing. In fact, based on levels of personal debt, quite a …

Retirement planning: new insights on what clients need most | Money & Life

Retirement planning: new insights on what clients need most What can make the biggest difference to wellbeing in retirement? According to the new Best Possible Retirement Index (BPR Index©) from CoreData, having more in super savings isn’t always the answer to living a better life in retirement. Typically, Australians worry about money more than they worry about anything else and this can have many negative impacts on our lives. The good news is that financial …

Working in retirement | Money & Life

Working in retirement Work Bonus is an incentive for pensioners to work past retirement age. It allows pensioners to earn more from working each fortnight before their pension payment rate starts to reduce. Retirement can often feel like a lifetime coming. But once you actually get there, it can be both exciting and a little bit daunting. It’s a major life adjustment, and particularly so if you’ve spent decades in the workforce. It’s important to …