COVID-19: How long may your super savings take to recover?

COVID-19: How long may your super savings take to recover? As investment market volatility continues, what does this mean for Australians’ retirement savings? The COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis has caused uncertainty in many areas of life, not least on investment markets. Share prices have been fluctuating wildly as investors react to unfolding global events. From its high point in March the Australian All Ordinaries Index shed more than a third of its value before recovering some …

Changes to super contribution rules for over 65s

Changes to super contribution rules for over 65s The Federal Government has updated superannuation laws to allow older Australians to contribute to their super for longer. Work test to apply from age 67 The government has increased the age up to which super contributions can be made without having to meet a work test from 65 to 67. The work test requires you to be in paid work for a minimum of 40 hours in …

Covid-19: Is now the right time to downsize my property? | Q&AMP

As a result of COVID-19 and the rising unemployment rate, many Australians have questions about their retirement and savings, especially whether it’s a good idea to downsize your home right now. AMP Capital senior economist Diana Mousina and financial adviser John Dani discuss downsizing your home in the current state of the residential property market. Watch for an outlook on Australian property prices, the main reasons for selling your home and downsizing, and the key …

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 …

Making sense of the Economic Stimulus Package | Money & Life

Making sense of the Economic Stimulus Package In March and April 2020, a whole range of payments have been announced for Australians looking for financial relief as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. Find out more about these measures and how your clients could benefit from the Federal Government’s economic stimulus package. The global and local impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many new questions in conversations between financial planners and …

Covid-19: Early Access to Super and FAQs | Q&AMP

Covid-19: Early Access to Super and FAQs The federal government is allowing early access to super funds for Australians impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). AMP Capital senior economist Diana Mousina and financial adviser John Dani share the pros and cons, plus what you need to know before accessing your super. Watch to find out if you’re eligible for a lump sum payment under the Australian government’s new early access to super scheme and what the early …

The differences between the COVID-19 crisis and The Great Depression | AMP Capital

The differences between the COVID-19 crisis and The Great Depression The substantial slump in economic activity triggered by COVID-19, coupled with images of Australians queuing around the block for Centrelink payments, has made some fear The Great Depression II. The optics might be alarming, but the parallels are not particularly strong. Every Australian knows someone, or is someone, who has lost a job, a tenant, a place to live. This is an entirely unfamiliar experience …

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund 2020

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund wants to support Australians of all ages, walks of life and interests who are working hard to reach a goal that will positively impact their community. Australians working in any field – from art to technology, science to social innovation and sport, health, music and more – can apply for grants of up to $100,000 between 3 March and 15 April 2020. Apply at ampstomorrowfund.com.au or share the link and help us …

5 saving graces of giftmas

5 saving graces of giftmas Gift giving is one of life’s joys, until the credit card bill comes through. Here are five ways to maximise the love without blowing your budget.  According to a recent Financial Planning Association of Australia reporti, 85% of us find more joy in giving gifts to others than in getting them ourselves. Though we love the sound of ripping wrapping paper, almost three quarters of us don’t budget for gifts. …

How important is money to your wellbeing?

How important is money to your wellbeing? Having more money should make us happier right? According to a number of different research reports, feeling good about life comes from a feeling of control over your finances, rather than how much money you have. Get tips on how to change your ways to boost financial wellbeing. The wellbeing formula for Australians After spending 15 years exploring what contributes most to the happiness of our population, Australian …