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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It’s Time For Public Servants In The CSS And PSS To Take Notice Of The Latest Superannuation Changes!

The new superannuation changes take effect from 1 July 2017 and for members of some defined benefit superannuation schemes these changes are significant.

For members of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) and the Public Sector Superannuation (PSS) Scheme things are about to change significantly, and for the worse. Currently the unfunded portion of employer contributions to the CSS and PSS for contributing members are ignored for the purpose of determining their Concessional Contribution Cap, but that is about to change!

From 1 July 2017 a notional employer contribution for CSS and PSS members will be reported to the Australian Taxation Office and with the associated reduction in the annual Concessional Contribution Cap to $25,000, salary sacrifice contributions may need to be scaled back significantly.

For members of the CSS and PSS, the calculation to determine the maximum amount that can be salary sacrificed to superannuation is about to become more complicated. CSS and PSS members who are currently maximising their salary sacrifice entitlements will also need to account for the fact that their last payday for this financial year falls on 29 June 17.  There is therefore a real risk that the last salary sacrifice payment from this financial year may be received by their superannuation after 30 June and count towards next year’s concessional contribution cap of $25,000.

With all of this complexity, isn’t it great to know that our business, The Financial Advice Shop, has experts available to help you make sense of all this and can provide assistance where required. If you feel you might benefit from a Financial Advice Health Check in preparation for the latest round of superannuation changes that commence on 1 July 2017, contact us without delay.

In a complex world, there has never been a better time to contact us to see how your financial situation could be improved.


The Latest Superannuation Cap Changes Are Terrible News For Defined Benefit Pensioners!!!

The new rules for superannuation and pension Transfer Balance Caps will reshape the way some Defined Benefit Pensioners approach their personal superannuation contributions and overall superannuation entitlements. Some will even have the right to make personal contributions to superannuation taken away from them forever!

The Government has chosen to use a very large multiple to apply to Defined Benefit Pensions when determining the amount recorded against the Transfer Balance Cap. Some consider the multiple used is extravagant and when other pension and superannuation accounts are included it is quite easy for Defined Benefit Pensioners to reach and breach the $1.6m Transfer Balance Cap.  Some senior executives will breach the $1.6m Transfer Balance Cap with only their Defined Benefit Pension and tax penalties will apply.

More than ever before, current and former Defined Benefit Pension recipients (such as CSS, PSS, DFRDB, MSBS and many others) need to look carefully at their situation when it comes to contributions, superannuation accounts and entitlements but they should not leave it until the last minute if they are likely to be affected. The new rules take effect on 1 July 2017 and penalties can apply for breaches but fortunately there are strategies to be considered to improve the situation.

The Government and Australian Taxation Office are expecting affected Defined Benefit Pensioners to take all necessary actions with all of their superannuation entitlements before 1 July 2017 to avoid financial penalties.

If you are a current or former member of the CSS, PSS, DFRDB or MSBS who is not sure what the latest superannuation Transfer Balance Cap changes might mean to you and all of your superannuation entitlements, you should consider contacting us. New client places are strictly limited but to get things started, we can offer a very cost effective Financial Advice Health Check discussion to ensure you can potentially access our experience to understand all of your future superannuation investment strategy options.

HOT TIP: The need for honest, transparent and practical financial planning advice has never been greater, so contact The Financial Advice Shop without delay to see how we can help you.

We have never had anyone say that our Financial Advice Health Check wasn’t value for money and we won’t deal with anyone where we can’t add value! If you are referred by someone we know, you will even get a discount!

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