Age Pension: More Australians entitled to payments since July 2016

In March, July and September of each year, the federal government changes the rules for claiming the Age Pension… for the better! Currently, the Age Pension income test and the Age Pension assets test are adjusted three times a year in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index.Effective … [Read more...]

Age Pension income test: Deeming rates and deeming thresholds

Note: This article explains the latest deeming rates and the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test. If you are seeking information about the latest increases in the thresholds for the Age Pension income test and Age Pension assets test see SuperGuide article Age Pension: More … [Read more...]

2016 Federal Election update: What superannuation and retirement policies can you expect?

The 2016 Federal Election on 2 July will decide whether the Coalition’s announced super policies will go ahead, while the ALP has been unusually silent on its proposed super policies, apart from quietly reaffirming two policies, with one measure adopted by the Coalition.The May 2016 Federal … [Read more...]

Age Pension: March 2016 rates now apply (until September 2016)

Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension rates, applicable until 19 September 2016. The Age Pension rates are indexed twice-yearly, with the next adjustment taking effect from 20 September 2016. If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension assets test rules taking … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds applicable since July 2016

Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension assets thresholds, applicable from 1 July 2016. If you are seeking information on the latest Age Pension rates, see SuperGuide article Age Pension: March 2016 rates now apply (until September 2016). If you’re looking for information on the Age … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Income test thresholds applicable since July 2016

Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension income test thresholds, applicable from 1 July 2016. If you are seeking information on the latest Age Pension rates see SuperGuide article Age Pension: March 2016 rates now apply (until September 2016). If you’re looking for information on the Age … [Read more...]

Aged care residents hit by super and Age Pension changes

Australians in aged care facilities, and those considering moving into an aged care facility, have had to deal with a lot of financial change in the past two years; at a time when you would hope you could relax and enjoy your later years of retirement.Although SuperGuide is not an aged care … [Read more...]

Super funds gain 2.3% for May, and 4% for 2015/2016 year to date

The median superannuation growth fund gained 2.3% in value for the month of May 2016, and gained 5.6% for the 3 months to May 2016, although due to losses in previous months has gained 4.0% over the financial year to date (11 months to May 2016), according to superannuation ratings agency, Chant … [Read more...]