Ever Wished You Could Get A Glimpse Of Your Future To See How Well You Will Survive Retirement?

Recently released Life Expectancy Tables dated 30 October 2018 from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) paint a thought provoking picture for many Australians.  For those who do not plan diligently for their retirement, their only hope might be that they do not live so long that they run out of money!

As summary of some key points from the 2018 ABS information are as follows:

Age 45: Males can expect to live on average for just under 37 years and females just over 40 years

Age 50: Males can expect to live on average for just over 32 years and females just under 36 years

Age 55:  Males can expect to live on average for just under 28 years and females just over 31 years

Age 60: Males can expect to live on average for just over 23 years and females just under 27 years

Age 65: Males can expect to live on average for just over 19 years and females just over 22 years

Spend a few moments thinking about how much income you might need in retirement. Then have a think about how much superannuation you might need to survive retirement and how much you need to save to achieve it. Finally, click on the following link to run some numbers that are specific to you and make sure you think about investment fees as they can make a huge difference to your retirement outcome.  For many, this task will prove useful and may hopefully spur you into action!

https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/tools-and-resources/calculators-and-apps/super-and-retirement-calculators

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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 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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Is There A Realistic Pathway To $1.6m In Superannuation For Everyone?

From a purely academic perspective, achieving $1.6m in superannuation or something close to it, primarily depends on a range of factors including but not limited to contributions, earnings (net of fees) and the timeline to retirement.

The mistake many make is that they do not start taking action on their superannuation contributions or retirement planning until it is far too late.  Don’t let this happen to you!

To benefit from what Albert Einstein referred to as the eighth wonder of the world (compound interest), there is a need to start saving as early as possible and with additional tax effective contributions earning solid and consistent long term net returns.  You must definitely not make the mistake of starting too late with additional contributions or having poor net returns over the life of your investments.

The Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) publish a very useful calculator where you can play around with some scenarios associated with saving in superannuation for retirement and also funding a pension from your superannuation in retirement.  The calculators will hopefully shock you and spur you into action!

https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/tools-and-resources/calculators-and-apps/super-and-retirement-calculators

While there are some who suggest the current 9.5% Superannuation Guarantee is enough, we strongly disagree.  By simply relying on a handout from your employer as part of your total employment package you really are just setting yourself up for an underwhelming experience in retirement.

Retirement planning and superannuation are no different to many other important things in life: your personal contribution and efforts often determine in a very significant way the level of success.  If you do not make a meaningful contribution to the important things in life the outcomes will often be disappointing.

HOT TIP: Seize the moment, take control and make sure you have a goal for your superannuation and retirement.

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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.

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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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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Not All Industry Super Funds Are Super!

Don’t be fooled by the Industry Fund sales and marketing machine into believing that all Industry Super funds are created equally.  They most certainly are not!

 

It is a very big job to analyse them all and we have not done that but we have looked at a number of them for the most expensive ones we could find in both super and pension.

 

We have decided not to name the most expensive industry super and industry pension accounts we found, but you can be assured they are very expensive by our standards.

 

For a “Balanced” fund with $50,000 invested as per their published PDS’s, from a total cost perspective the most expensive industry account we found for either super or pension was $1,115 p.a. (2.23% p.a.) which seems very expensive to us!!  The Industry Super funds might boast about admin fees of around $1.50 per week but their admin fees for pension accounts can be much higher and when combined with the underlying investment fees for some Industry Funds, the total costs can be very high indeed.

 

HOT TIP:  As the heading suggests, don’t be fooled by industry fund sales and marketing into thinking that all Industry Funds are created equally.  The need for honest and practical financial advice has never been greater, so if you are over 50, 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

 

Disclaimer:  information current at time of publication but is subject to change without notice so accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Not All Industry Super Funds Are Super!

Don’t be fooled by sales and marketing into believing all industry super funds are created equally. They most certainly are not!

It is a very big job to analyse them all and we have not done that but we have looked at a number of them for the most expensive ones we could find in both super and pension.

We have decided not to name the most expensive industry super and industry pension accounts we found, but you can be assured they are very expensive by our standards.

For a “Balanced” fund with $50,000 invested, the most expensive industry fund account we found for either super or pension was $1,115 p.a. (2.23% p.a.) which seems very expensive to us!

HOT TIP: Don’t be fooled by industry fund sales and marketing. The need for honest and practical financial advice has never been greater, so 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.

www.financialadviceshop.com.au

Disclaimer: information current at time of publication but is subject to change without notice so accuracy is not guaranteed.

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