Retirement planning

Retirement planning covers how much superannuation is enough, planning for retirement, starting an income stream, claiming the Age Pension, making contributions while receiving a pension from a super fund, estate planning and looking after your family.


Below are some of our key Retirement Planning articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Retirement planning.

Putting a real cost on delaying the super guarantee rise

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By Roger Wilkins, University of Melbourne and Carsten Murawski, University of Melbourne The Abbott government’s deal with the Palmer United Party to freeze the minimum superannuation contribution rate at 9.5% until 2021 will not only cost retirees, it will also see future governments forced to … [Read more...]

Financial advice: Only 42 independent financial advisers in Australia

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Note: This article is updated regularly when new financial advisers join the independence club (latest update September 2014). A financial adviser does not have to be a member of the IFAAA to join the SuperGuide list, provided they can declare that they satisfy the requirements of being an … [Read more...]

Are you eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card?

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IMPORTANT: The government has indexed the income test thresholds for the CSHC, effective from September 2014. The income test thresholds will be now indexed annually from September of each year. WARNING: From 1 January 2015, new applicants for CSHC will need to include superannuation pension … [Read more...]

Seniors Health Card (CSHC) changes to hit retirees

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In the 2014 Federal Budget, the government announced that the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) income test will be changed so new applicants must include superannuation pension income, from 1 January 2015. More specifically, quoting directly from the Budget documents, “To ensure people with … [Read more...]

Age Pension: September 2014 rates now available

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The new Age Pension rates, taking effect from 20 September 2014 are set out in the tables below. A single person eligible for the FULL Age Pension can now expect an annual Age Pension income (including supplement, and Clean Energy Supplement) of around $22,212. A couple eligible for the full … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds rise 20 September 2014

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The UPPER asset thresholds for the Age Pension assets test lift again on 20 September 2014, which means more Australians may now be eligible for a PART Age Pension. A single person can own more than $770,000 in assets (excluding his or her home), and still receive a small PART Age Pension, while … [Read more...]

Age Pension: More Australians entitled to payments from September 2014

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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...]

Great news! Seniors Health Card income thresholds indexed, finally

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Effective from 20 September 2014, the income test thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card have increased for the time in 13 years. The new indexed income test thresholds appear later in the article. Since we started SuperGuide nearly 6 years ago, I have highlighted the lack of … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Income test thresholds rise 20 September 2014

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The UPPER income thresholds for the Age Pension income test lift again on 20 September 2014, which means more Australians are now eligible for a PART Age Pension. A single person can earn just under $49,000 a year, and still receive a PART Age Pension, while a couple can earn just over $74,000 a … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee increased to 9.5% for 2014/2015 year, then stalls for 7 years

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From 1 July 2014, the Superannuation Guarantee rate increased to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applies for the 2013/2014 year). Based on advanced legislation currently before parliament, the SG rate will remain at 9.5% for 7 years, increasing to 10% from July 2021, and eventually to 12% from July 2025 … [Read more...]