Retirement should be a time to wind down and enjoy life, however there are a few important topics often overlooked when planning for retirement. This article explains three of these aspects including re-contribution strategies, death nominations and having a spending policy in place. – Retirement planning: 3 things to remember.
Having spent most of our lives accumulating retirement savings, it is easy to understand why retirees are fearful of spending their hard-earned nest egg. This article explains how an adviser can help evaluate the likelihood of achieving your retirement goals, as well as minimising longevity risk. How much can we spend in retirement?
With the cost of living on the rise, it’s natural to want to give your children a helping hand financially. This article discusses important points to consider before gifting money to family, including implications on your future retirement savings and tax obligations. A case study is included to illustrate the importance of having the right protections in place. Are you sacrificing your retirement for your adult children?
Australians were introduced to credit cards way back in 1974. Since then, we have embraced the plastic-fantastic with much enthusiasm, and why not? Credit cards meant no waiting; purchases went home immediately and were paid-off in monthly instalments – what could be better? Are credit cards the new seniors card?
As most long-term investors know, investment markets have their ups and downs. The downs are usually associated with periods of uncertainty, perhaps due to political or economic factors, or even natural disasters. Uncertainty leads to volatility – more extreme movements in asset prices – which can have a big impact on portfolio values. Preparing for retirement in uncertain times
With the growing popularity of SMSFs, this article looks in the other direction and explores the reasons why establishing a SMSF may not be the best idea.