Tag: Retirement Savings

Strategic Financial Advice

SMSFs and your retirement horizon

Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) trustees often ask themselves, “What is the right mix of investments for my SMSF?” It’s a very common question, and one that will need to consider individual preference and the time until retirement.

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Strategic Financial Advice

Maximising your retirement benefits

After working hard for so many years, naturally you want your retirement to be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. That’s why it’s worth knowing which types of government support you may be entitled to when you’re transitioning into this new phase of life.

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Strategic Financial Advice

Understanding different types of retirement pensions

We explain the difference between three commonly used pensions, including the government’s Age Pension, a transition to retirement pension, and an account-based (or allocated) pension, so you’re across how they work and what might be right for you.

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Community, SMSF

Downsizer Contributions for 65+

From 1 July 2018 older Australians (65 years or over) will be able to contribute proceeds from the sale of their home to their superannuation fund under “Contributing the proceeds of downsizing into superannuation’ measure that became law in December 2017.

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Strategic Financial Advice

Correction time for shares?

Despite recent sharp falls in the Dow, it remains unlikely that the US is heading for a recession. This article examines the impact of the market correction in the US and the implications for Australia.

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SMSF

6 tips for retiring earlier

Are you dreaming about an earlier retirement, but unsure how to go about it? According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 40 per cent of Aussie men and 35 per cent of Aussie women are planning to work past age 70 because they are worried about their ‘financial security’ in retirement.

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Strategic Financial Advice

Funding retirement income in a low interest rate environment

While a traditional bank deposit is generally regarded as one of the safest forms of investment, it also currently offers amongst the lowest returns. For those relying on bank deposits to fund their retirement income, the current record low interest rate environment offers little reward.

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Strategic Financial Advice

Don’t be driven by short-term sentiment and emotion

Arguably, the most common fear holding an investor back from achieving a great return is a misunderstanding of what happens when markets fall (as they invariably do). In order to use fear to our advantage, we would be well served to seek to understand the following three principles around shares and their value …

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Strategic Financial Advice

Ways to manage your debt leading up to and during your retirement

While most Aussies had planned to retire at age 65, the reality is that around a quarter of us are expecting to delay our retirement. The most recent Retirement and Retirement Intentions survey data released by ABS in 2015 found the number of people aged 45 and over who intend to retire later than age 65 is 23%, compared to only 8% of people surveyed in 2004-051.

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SMSF

Super reforms explained

If you are waiting for the superannuation reforms announced in the Budget to pass Parliament before working out what they mean to you, you might miss out on any opportunities available.

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Strategic Financial Advice

Boost Your Super in 3 easy steps

Want to see your super grow faster? Here’s how you can — by choosing what happens to compulsory contributions from your employer. Make the super payments from your employer go further by choosing an investment strategy that suits your stage of life and retirement goals.

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Strategic Financial Advice

Government pulls back on proposed changes to super

The government has announced changes to three key 2016 Federal Budget proposals—the most significant being that it would not go forward with its proposal to introduce a $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional (after-tax) super contributions.

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