The Grattan Institute Report “Money In Retirement – More Than Enough”

The Grattan Institute report “Money In Retirement – More Than Enough” paints a picture for retirees that seems disconnected from the real world.

If you believe the report, the super system is serving Australian’s so well that its generosity needs to be significantly scaled back? Imagine a world where pre-tax contributions were limited to $11,000 per year and after tax contributions were subject to a $50,000 per year/$250,000 lifetime cap!

With $17.5 billion currently in lost super, it seems a lot of Australian’s are not taking their super very seriously and this is probably because they see it as a gift as they don’t make any additional contributions to super themselves. If they sought advice and made some additional contributions at an appropriate time and in the most effective way, the outcomes could be so much better.

Perhaps there is merit in linking future super concessions like increasing super guarantee from 9.5% to 12% (opposed by the Grattan Institute report) with a mandatory requirement for members to have to make additional super contributions to gain the additional entitlement from their employer? This might improve member engagement with their super and further reduce the reliance on the Age Pension in the future?


Boosting Women’s Superannuation Is Extremely Easy But It May 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 and working less hours due to family commitments.

Any future initiatives by Government to boost women’s superannuation will be applauded but there are a few simple things that couples can already do every year to boost the superannuation balance of their spouse.

Salary sacrifice to superannuation is a very powerful tool that can be used to boost superannuation and a couple 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 consider a deductible super contribution.  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 a few conditions and the maximum that can be split is 85% of the previous year’s concessional superannuation contributions up to the cap.

Concessional superannuation contributions are 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 contributions to potentially qualify for the Government co-contribution to boost your superannuation balance further.

In summary, if you are looking at your superannuation contribution options, think holistically and make sure you consider if there are ways for you to tax effectively increase your current contributions and don’t forget to see if you can reduce your superannuation fees.

Unfortunately, superannuation is far more complicated that it needs to be so you will need to consider if you need advice.  This is a really big decision so give it plenty of thought before you choose a financial adviser.

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

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Disclaimer: Do not trust what you read on the web.  Always seek professional advice before making investment decisions.


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


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:

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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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.


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

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It’s A Question Everyone Should Be Able To Answer But Sadly Most People Can’t Until It’s Too Late?

It is very common to get a blank look when a new client is asked how much they feel they will need in retirement. The reality is that the later people start thinking about this question, the more disappointing the outcome is likely to be.

While it may seem like a complex question, there are plenty of tools available to assist with planning but make sure you use them wisely and conservatively. A variety of calculators are available from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) via the following link:

When thinking about income needs in retirement there are a number of ways to approach it. One approach is to look at your current net pay and then take out expenses that will not exist when you are retired, but make sure you plan to own your home outright at retirement.

Once you have settled on an income figure for your retirement, you then need to think about a retirement date, your life expectancy (with an appropriate margin of error included as you may live longer than you think) and how much the lump sum goal needs to be to achieve your retirement income goal. The suite of calculators above from ASIC will assist with this projection.

From there it is a reasonable straight forward exercise to determine how much you need to save per month, from now until retirement, based on a reasonable level of investment risk and earnings (net of fees and a margin of error). Investment fees should be given special consideration as high fees can be very detrimental to retirement goals and the calculators above will assist with this projection also.

Hot Tip: The sooner you take a proactive approach to your retirement affairs, the more likely you will be to make your retirement a success. Don’t make the mistake in believing your employer superannuation contributions of 9.5% will ensure you a comfortable retirement as it most likely will not.

We do not agree to help everyone but if you feel you need a second opinion on your superannuation and financial position, contact The Financial Advice Shop to see if we can add value.

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