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 …

Keeping tabs on your super investments

Keeping tabs on your super investments It’s important to get your investment strategy right with super. Keeping tabs on your super investments. Reviewing your portfolio regularly and getting advice can make all the difference to your savings and income for retirement. We talked to CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®professional Matt Torney from Muirfield Financial Services about how to make sure you’re taking the right approach with your super investments. What sort of questions can help you determine your …

Are you mentally ready for retirement?

Are you mentally ready for retirement? The first thing on most peoples’ minds when they think of retirement is: “When can I afford it?” and “How much money will I need?” But the question often not considered is: “Am I mentally ready for retirement?” Financial planners often bring this to the attention of their pre-retirement clients so they can help them make the transition. Chris Giaouris, CFP® and principal advisor at Chronos Private says the main points …

Super Investment Options – What’s Right For You?

Super Investment Options – What’s Right For You? Choosing the right super investment options at the right time could make a difference to how much money you have when you retire. When it comes to your superannuation, the investment options you choose today and in future may impact how much money you retire with. If you haven’t selected an investment option within your super, you’re probably invested in your fund’s default option, which will generally …