With Interest Rates Heading To Hysterical Lows, Do You Know Someone Who Is Starting To Wonder If They Will Survive Retirement?

People often ask “how much money will I need in superannuation for my retirement”.  The answer, as you would expect, needs to be considered very carefully as there are many personal factors and variables to take into account.

A hypothetical place to start the planning process is to aim to own your home, be debt free and have superannuation investments that exceed the current maximum amounts for a part Age Pension: $863,500 for a couple or $574,500 if you are single.

If you have the good fortune to have an entitlement to a Defined Benefit Superannuation pension, it is an extraordinary advantage but it is not always enough in its own right.

If you would like to model your situation to see what income might be possible in retirement, visit ASIC’s Money Smart website and put your assumptions into one of their calculators:

https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/superannuation-and-retirement/income-sources-in-retirement

We know from experience that to have the best chance of enjoying retirement you cannot afford to make mistakes along the way.  In a world of falling interest rates, if you are intending to rely on cash returns to sustain you through a long and enjoyable retirement, you may well need to think very carefully about your strategy.

HOT TIP:  In a constantly changing world, the need for sound financial advice has never been greater so perhaps it’s time to seize the moment and seek an independent review of your current situation with a trust professional to “See What’s Possible!”

Disclaimer: The information in this post is of a general nature only and has been provided without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs. No representation is given, warranty made or responsibility taken about the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of the information and it must not be acted on. Because of this, we recommend you consider, with the assistance of a financial adviser, whether the information is appropriate in light of your particular needs and circumstances. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.

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Boosting Women’s Superannuation Is Extremely Easy But It Might Require Some Pillow Talk!!

It is a well known fact that women often accumulate less superannuation than men over their working life due to many reasons including lower salaries, working less and making a greater contribution to family commitments.

Any future initiatives by Government to boost women’s superannuation will be applauded but there are already a number of simple things that couples can do every year to boost the superannuation balance of their spouse.  With the ever evolving superannuation caps, it might even be a smart idea for couples to try and keep their superannuation balances relatively equal in case superannuation Legislation changes for the worse in the future?

Salary sacrifice to superannuation is a very powerful tool that can be used to boost superannuation and couple’s can determine who is best placed to initially implement this strategy. A change in Legislation last year introduced an opportunity for anyone who is eligible to contribute to superannuation to also consider a deductible super contribution but there are limits. This might initially benefit the higher income earner in the relationship but wait: there’s more!

After making salary sacrifice or deductible superannuation contributions, Superannuation Legislation allows members to consider splitting concessional superannuation contributions with their spouse in the following financial year.  There are some conditions and the maximum’s that can be split based on the previous year’s concessional superannuation contributions and caps.

Concessional superannuation contributions include superannuation guarantee, salary sacrifice and deductible contributions.

If you or your spouse are concerned about your superannuation balance, have a think about whether it makes sense to contribute and split concessional superannuation contributions each year to boost and equalise superannuation balances. Additionally, for low income earners, look into and consider other contribution options such as spouse contributions, and personal non concessional contributions to potentially qualify for rebates and the Government co-contribution to boost your superannuation balance further.

In summary, if you are looking at your superannuation contribution options, think holistically about your situation with your spouse and/or partner.  Make sure you consider if there are ways for you to tax effectively increase your superannuation contributions and don’t forget to review your asset allocation to ensure it reflects your risk profile.  While you are at it, make sure you investigate opportunities to reduce your superannuation fees.

Unfortunately, superannuation is far more complicated that it needs to be so you will need to do some research and consider if you need advice.  This is a really big decision so give it plenty of thought before you choose a financial adviser and it might be a smart decision to get a second opinion before you implement anything.

What should you do next? As its your superannuation that is intended for your retirement, a good place to start is for you to get involved early and take an interest.

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Disclaimer: The information in this post is of a general nature only and has been provided without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs.  No representation is given, warranty made or responsibility taken about the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of the information. Because of this, we recommend you consider, with the assistance of a financial adviser, whether the information is appropriate in light of your particular needs and circumstances.

When It Comes To Long Term Investing, Is A Low Cost Index Option Too Good To Ignore?

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Disclaimer: Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.  Always seek advice from your professional adviser before comparing investment options and making investment decisions.

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In Good Times And In Bad, A Little Wisdom From The Experts Might Make All The Difference!

When it comes to investing, there are a number of basic principles that can potentially assist in making the experience a more successful one.

At The Financial Advice Shop we believe that “wisdom” is potentially a very important factor in successful long term investing and so do the experts.  To learn more, take the time to read the following article:

http://davisadvisors.com/davissma/downloads/WGI.pdf

ABOUT THE FINANCIAL ADVICE SHOP:  We are a leading, independent and experienced provider of strategic financial planning solutions for the over 50’s with a specific focus on strategy and cost effective long term investment solutions.

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Disclaimer: The information in this post is of a general nature only and has been provided without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs.  No representation is given, warranty made or responsibility taken about the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of the information. Because of this, we recommend you consider, with the assistance of a financial adviser, whether the information is appropriate in light of your particular needs and circumstances.

Will The Banking Royal Commission Mean The End Of Aligned Financial Advice From The Bank’s And Other Large Institutions?

It is probably a big mistake to assume that because a financial adviser is not licenced by one of the major banks that there is not a major conflict of interest with the products they recommend.

Consumers who receive financial advice have never had a better time to consider their options as the Royal Commission puts a very clear focus on bank and institutional financial advice licencing, and the potentially major conflicts of interests with their products.

There are many large financial advice institutions who have their own Australian Financial Services Licence and also have a major conflict of interest with the products they continue to recommend and profit from.

There are potentially only three questions that consumers need to initially ask their financial adviser:

  1. Are you licenced by one of the major banks, AMP or another major institution?
  2. Do you or your Licencee profit in any way through profit sharing from any of the products you may recommend?
  3. Are you permitted to call yourself an Independent Financial Adviser?

The problem for most financial advice consumers is that they don’t have a point of reference.  It is almost impossible for consumers to read through 100’s of pages of disclosure documents in order to find a few sentences that explain how the financial advice they are receiving is potentially materially conflicted.

People instinctively want to trust others but sadly this is not a sound strategy as it turns your financial future into a lottery: you might get lucky and find a great financial adviser or you might not.

A far sounder strategy is to seek a second or third opinion and from that process work out the questions you really need to ask and have answered.

If the Royal Commission hasn’t motivated you to take action and get a second opinion or third opinion then I’m not sure what will.  If you don’t take an interest in your own affairs, rest assured no one else will either.

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  If this sounds like you then it’s probably time for you to stop doing what you have always done with your financial advice affairs and instead explore ways to do things proactively and very differently for better results.

At The Financial Advice Shop there is something very important that differentiates us from our so called competitors: not only are we an Independent provider of Financial Advice, we don’t want to be known for being big, we want to be known for being awesome so our clients are never just a number.

HOT TIP:  The need for honest, practical and Independent financial advice has never been greater, so if you are over 50 and have significant wealth, contact The Financial Advice Shop without delay to see if we can assist with a cost effective Financial Advice Health Check to ensure you better understand all of your future superannuation investment options.

ABOUT THE FINANCIAL ADVICE SHOP:  We are a leading, independent and experienced provider of strategic financial planning solutions for the over 50’s with a specific focus on cost effective investment options, and uncovering and explaining your current financial advice conflicts of interest.

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With The Banking Royal Commission In Full Swing, Isn’t It Time For You To Get A Second Opinion From Someone You Can Trust?

The issues being current raised in the Royal Commission come as no surprise to many who are in the know but are kept silent in perpetuity through legal documents containing things like confidentiality clauses.  In the end I felt obligated to start my own Financial Advice business and ultimately decided to make the necessary business changes to be able to call myself an independent financial adviser.

 

The problem for most people is that they don’t have a point of reference.  People instinctively want to trust others but sadly this is not a sound strategy as it turns your financial future into a lottery: you might get lucky and find a great financial adviser or you might not.

 

A far sounder strategy is to seek a second or third opinion and from that process work out the questions you really need to ask and have answered.

 

If the Royal Commission hasn’t motivated you to take action and get a second opinion or third opinion then I’m not sure what will.  If you don’t take an interest in your own affairs, rest assured no one else will either.

 

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  If this sounds like you then its probably time for you to stop doing what you have always done with your financial affairs and instead explore ways to do things proactively and very differently.

 

At The Financial Advice Shop there is something very important that differentiates us from our so called competitors: we don’t want to be known for being big, we want to be known for being awesome so our clients are never just a number.

 

HOT TIP:  The need for honest and practical financial advice has never been greater, so if you are over 50 and have significant wealth, contact The Financial Advice Shop without delay to see if we can assist with a cost effective Financial Advice Health Check to ensure you better understand all of your future superannuation contribution and investment options.

 

ABOUT THE FINANCIAL ADVICE SHOP:  We are a leading, independent and experienced provider of strategic financial planning solutions for the over 50’s with a specific focus on cost effective investment options.

 

www.financialadviceshop.com.au

 

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To Reduce Fees On Your Superannuation And Improve Your Financial Situation It Is Never Too Late To Seek A Second Opinion!

It is a fact that over the last 5 years investment costs in superannuation have reduced considerably but for many investors those fee savings have not been passed on.  In some instances, the larger financial planning businesses have been moving clients into in-house superannuation products to protect their commissions and profits, and as a result fee savings are not passed on to investors.

In what has been an impulsive rush to Industry Funds, it should not be forgotten that all Industry Funds are not created equally and many very competitive retail options are now available.  If you investigate this issue thoroughly you will find that Industry Fund fees vary very significantly and it is surprising to many that the cost of pension accounts can be significantly higher than superannuation accounts.

It is also a fact that superannuation legislation has changed significantly over the last 5 years and many of the strategies of the past are not the right strategies for the future.

The best way to tackle these issues is to seek a second opinion from someone who has the knowledge and experience to understand all of the issues and guide you through them.  As part of that discussion you may well be provided with an insight into some financial planning strategies that could make a real difference and improve your financial situation.

With all of this complexity, isn’t it great to know that The Financial Advice Shop has expertise available to help you make sense of all this and can provide assistance where required.  If you, or someone you know, might benefit from a Financial Advice Health Check or a second opinion on your current superannuation and financial planning strategy, contact us without delay.

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