Category Archive for: Retirement

Can I Afford To Retire?

“Client: “Can I afford to retire?” Me: “How Much will you need to live on in retirement?” Client: “Dunno, how much do other people need?” Me: “I’ve heard everything from $40,000 p.a. to $200,000 p.a.” Setting realistic retirement goals is one of the hardest parts of planning for retirement, but is something you can’t take…

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Doesn’t Anyone Understand Superannuation?

I am consistently amazed at the lack of understanding of the true nature of superannuation. I have written previously at length (see here), but following a couple of recent conversations I thought I should take the issue up again. The dictionary is not much help: Superannuated 1. to allow to retire from service or office on…

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The Aged Care Minefield

My wife and I have both had the unfortunate situation in the last year or so of having to arrange aged care for a parent. We found this to be not only an emotional situation, worrying about the future well being of our loved ones and feeling guilt at the obvious reluctance of our mothers…

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Illawarra Redundancies – I didn’t think it would happen to me!

Many of our clients, colleagues, friends and acquaintances are impacted by the recent announcement of additional job losses at Port Kembla Steelworks. For some the news comes as no surprise but for many, it’s a case of, “I didn’t think it would happen to me!” For those approaching retirement, this may be a time when…

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What exactly is superannuation?

I don’t know how many times I have had people say to me “Superannuation is a lousy investment” or “I don’t believe in Superannuation”. Statements like these come about because the person making them doesn’t really understand what superannuation is. Simply put superannuation is not an investment at all, much less a lousy one, it…

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