Can Superannuation Survive In Its Current Form? Hopefully Superannuation Does Not End In Ruins.

Superannuation might look very different after 6 October 2020 when the Government hands down Its delayed Budget.

Share your thoughts on what you think might change or things that should not change.

I suspect superannuation will not survive in its current form as the Government makes desperate moves to increase tax revenue.

I expect there could be reductions to contribution limits, the $1.6m transfer balance cap could be reduced, allocated pension accounts could lose their tax free status, allocated pension payments could become partially taxed, and/or the tax on superannuation account earnings could be increased.

If the Government does attack superannuation in the 6 October 2020 Budget it will be very negative for the future success of the superannuation sector.

Fortunately there is time to plan and take action ahead of the October Budget to attempt to pre-empt some possible changes to superannuation.

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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.

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?

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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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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Are You Being Ripped Off With High Superannuation And Investment Fees?

There has never been a better time to review your superannuation investments and consider options to reduce costs. If you do not take action, you can be 100% sure that no one else will and you should not feel secure simply because you are using an industry super fund.  You should also not underestimate the negative effect high fees could have on your financial security.

In recent years, superannuation and investment costs have been steadily falling but unfortunately those costs are often not passed on to investors and often increase when members retire. There are a variety of reasons why so many investors are not benefiting from lower superannuation and investment costs, some of which relate to conflicted financial adviser remuneration and commissions that are paid from inflated fees.  If you have been invested in a financial superannuation or investment product for a number of years, it is time for a review!

None of the superannuation or investment recommendations from The Financial Advice Shop have hidden fees or commissions so you can be confident they are extremely cost effective and represent excellent value for money. Our superannuation and investment offering is very unique and it is a fact that we regularly save many new clients thousands, and in some cases tens of thousands, of dollars in ongoing fees every year.

While you are thinking about fees, make sure you also think about your strategy and the risk in your investments! We know from experience that it is extremely rare that improvements and refinements to existing strategies will not yield improved results.

HOT TIP: 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 understand all of your fees and future superannuation investment options.

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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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