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Your next life stage requires careful planning. Here are eight key things you should consider before entering retirement. Retirement is a period of life that many people spend years dreaming about: the chance to finally leave work behind and enjoy much-needed time with family and friends. While it’s natural to be excited about retirement, it’s...
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A 'transition to retirement' (TTR) strategy lets you access some of your super and keep working. Setting this up can be complicated, so contact your super fund or financial adviser for advice. How transition to retirement works If you've reached your preservation age (between 55 and 60) and still working, you can use a TTR...
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Make sure you don’t lose out on your age pension entitlements. After a lifetime of hard work, it’s important you maximise your entitlements in retirement. So you need to structure your finances carefully to make sure you don’t lose your age pension. After all, you’ve earned it. Here are some common traps to be aware...
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Do you dream of retiring in the country? Do you feel it’s time to leave the rat race behind and get among the fresh air, great outdoors and tight-knit community country towns are renowned for? Many retirees decide to move to country areas so they can enjoy a slower pace of life during their golden...
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We look at how much money you might need each year and ways you can still budget for your social life. Australian retirees generally need a certain budget each year to live a modest or comfortable lifestyle, and industry figures recently revealed the highest annual increase in those budgets since 20101. The Association of Superannuation...
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If you're already retired or on your way to retiring, have you been obsessively checking your portfolio balance and dreading the next piece of news that might cause it to dip further? Or have you been keeping up with the news as you usually do, but confident that your portfolio will largely weather the volatility...
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As the nation drifts back to work and study after the summer break, it’s often a time to start putting your New Year’s resolutions into practice. For some, an extended holiday may have convinced you that you are ready for more of the good life and that it’s time to retire. In the past, that...
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Portfolio construction is a much-used term that can be misunderstood. Fundamentally, the term portfolio construction refers to the process of selecting investments to create the optimal balance of risk and return. By mixing different types of investments and different asset classes, portfolios can be built in a way that maximises the return for any given...
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The average retirement age people intend to retire in Australia is 65.5 years* according to the ABS – but anecdotally many dream of retiring earlier. But how do you do it? The key to planning for retirement is ensuring that when you feel emotionally ready to retire, your finances are ready too. By following some...
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The age you retire in Australia isn’t set in stone. You can really retire whenever you want to, but a number of factors could play a big part in your decision. Your financial situation, health, employment opportunities and coordinating with your partner, if you have one, could all play a role in helping you determine...
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