Turning redundancy into retirement

Turning redundancy into retirement When voluntary redundancy is on the table, taking a severance package and early retirement can be very appealing. But is it the right decision for you? We talked to CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional Anne Graham, principal financial planner at Sigma Wealth, about what you need to …

How much super should I have at my age?

How much super should I have at my age? We look at the average super balances for different age groups in Australia so you can see how your super savings compare. A healthy super balance can be a key ingredient in being able to live the life we want in retirement. …

Separating fact from fiction when it comes to superannuation

Separating fact from fiction when it comes to superannuation If you’re wondering whether super is improving retirement outcomes for Australians, we take a look at some of the findings. If you’ve got compulsory super contributions coming out of your wages or salary, or you’re making voluntary contributions, or both, you’re …

What is the retirement age in Australia?

What is the retirement age in Australia? With no definitive retirement age in Australia, the date you exit the workforce will probably come down to personal circumstances and whether you can afford it. The age you retire in Australia isn’t set in stone. You can really retire whenever you want …

Money mistakes people make in their 50s and 60s

Money mistakes people make in their 50s and 60s Avoid these common money traps to make sure you have enough put aside for a comfortable retirement. When you’re in your 50s and 60s, you know you’ve worked long and hard for what you’ve achieved in life and probably have a …

What’s your debt age now?

What’s your debt age now? The types of debt we have largely depends on our age and stage in life. For most of us, having debt in some form or another is an inescapable fact of life. And despite its reputation, debt is not necessarily a dirty word. If managed …

Are you prepared for the changes to the Age Pension assets test?

Are you prepared for the changes to the Age Pension assets test? How the assets test will work in 2017 could increase your Age Pension entitlements, or take some or all of them away. With revisions to the Age Pension assets test just around the corner, it’s important to understand …

Changes to the Age Pension assets test

  Changes to the Age Pension assets test The government’s recent changes to the Age Pension could affect your ability to plan for a comfortable retirement. Recent reports[1] suggest that more than 300,000 Age Pensioners will have at least part of their pension cut, with just under 100,000 of these …

Already retired

Already retired Have you reached your retirement age yet you feel you’re not yet ready to give up work altogether? If you’re eligible for the Age Pension, the government offers incentives for working people to defer claiming it. On the other hand, if you’ve independently funded your retirement, you may …