Can you use your pension to retire debt free?

Can you use your pension to retire debt free? Perhaps you’re considering options for how to reduce your debt before retiring. Well, one option may be to use your pension account, but there are some important things you should consider first. It’s no secret that Australia, like many countries, has an ageing population. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 16.3% of us are over the age of 651, but that number is expected to grow …

Should you use property to fund your retirement?

Should you use property to fund your retirement? While property may seem like a good way to build – and hold – wealth, is it actually possible to use it as a way to fund your retirement? Superannuation, shares, property, cash, other investments… a dizzying number of options are available when it comes to living comfortably through retirement. Financial advisers often promote a diversified portfolio to reduce the risk of concentrating ‘all eggs in one …

Four key risks to consider for a comfortable retirement | AMP Capital

Four key risks to consider for a comfortable retirement Sometimes saving for retirement is the easy part, it’s how to manage risks when one approaches or enters retirement that can be tricky. There are four key risks in retirement – sequencing of returns, lower-than-expected returns, longevity risk and knowing how much a retiree can spend without falling short. There are other critical issues such as living arrangements and the rising cost of healthcare, but the …

Supporting your kids, without sacrificing your own retirement | Money & Life

Supporting your kids, without sacrificing your own retirement With careful planning, you can give a helping hand to your adult children financially, while still enjoying a comfortable retirement. In the past, wealth was often passed on through an inheritance. But with our longer lifespans, and the higher cost of living (especially housing), the desire to help our kids while we’re alive and well is increasing. If your children are young, you may have twenty or …

How the gender pay gap is causing problems for Aussie women: Now and in the future | Money & Life

How the gender pay gap is causing problems for Aussie women: Now and in the future Women are entering retirement with significantly less superannuation and personal savings than men – leading to a growing class of women living out their golden years in poverty. We explore how the gender pay gap is adding to this growing epidemic. While most people have heard of the ‘gender pay gap’ (GPG), many of us are less familiar with …

Managing retirement in the COVID-19 environment

Managing retirement in the COVID-19 environment Investment markets are experiencing significant volatility, and for those planning for or heading into retirement, there’s limited certainty at a time when you likely need it most. Hosted by Lara Bourguignon – Managing Director, Superannuation, Retirement and Platforms at AMP, this webinar is delivered by Darren Beesley – Head of Retirement Solutions at AMP Capital, who gives his perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on retirement plans and the …

How can I make my retirement dream a reality?

How can I make my retirement dream a reality? What does your retirement dream look like – spending time on your hobbies? Seeing the grandkids more often? Maybe pursuing a passion, or travelling? According to AMP financial adviser John Dani, the people who are most content and happy in retirement all have this one thing in common – a well-defined purpose for their golden years. Mr Dani’s worked with hundreds of people over the last …

3 golden rules that make saving for retirement easier

3 golden rules that make saving for retirement easier If you’ve thought about how much money you need to save so you can retire comfortably, it might feel a little daunting. Maybe so much so, you’d rather not think about it at all. But, according to AMP Technical Strategy Manager John Perri, there are three simple rules anyone can follow that make saving for retirement a lot easier. Follow the sleep test All investments come …

5 tips for a better retirement

5 tips for a better retirement It’s never too late to make savvy decisions about your retirement. Retirement is an exciting time. It’s the long-awaited reward for a lifetime of work and, if you’ve planned it correctly, it heralds a life stage synonymous with relaxation and enjoyment. However, to make sure your retirement is everything you’d hoped for, it’s crucial to make smart decisions to help you stick to your financial plan, achieve investment goals …

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 …