How much super do I need?

You can work out how much super you need to finance a comfortable life in retirement, or even finance a luxurious life in retirement.

Use Trish Power’s six-step retirement plan to work out your own target, or check out real-life inspired case studies and different retirement targets.

You can also calculate how many years you need to plan for in retirement, or more specifically your average life expectancy.

Below are some of our key How much super do I need? articles:


Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining How much super do I need?.

Super rich tax? Looting SMSF accounts to fix the budget

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Note: This article is in response to recent claims that superannuation tax concessions are directed towards the ‘super rich’. If you are concerned about being unfairly targeted by the current tax reform process, ensure you make a submission before Monday 1 June 2015. The relevant links to the tax … [Read more...]

Guest contributor: Make your money live forever

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“A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own.” – Thomas Mann “The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy.” – John Galsworthy While these quotations from Mann and Galsworthy are usually correct, it doesn’t have to be that way. Surely an important part of … [Read more...]

Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply

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The Age Pension rates, effective from 20 March 2015, are set out in the tables below. A single person eligible for the FULL Age Pension can expect an annual Age Pension income (including Pension Supplement and Clean Energy Supplement) of around $22,365. A couple eligible for the FULL Age … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds from 20 March 2015

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The UPPER asset thresholds for the Age Pension assets test increased again on 20 March 2015, which means more Australians may now be eligible for a PART Age Pension. A single person can own more than $775,000 in assets (excluding his or her home), and still receive a small PART Age Pension, while … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Income test thresholds from 20 March 2015

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The UPPER income thresholds for the Age Pension income test increased again on 20 March 2015, 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 $74,800 a … [Read more...]

Life expectancy: Will you outlive your retirement savings?

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The Liberal government has previously flagged that it will be actively encouraging innovative retirement products to ensure Australians have options to “better manage the financial risks they face in retirement, such as market risk, inflation risk and the risk that they may outlive their retirement … [Read more...]

Updated life tables: Have our Australian life expectancies peaked?

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Australians born today are expected to live longer than Aussies born five years earlier, on average, according to the Australian Life Tables. The prospect of a longer life doesn’t seem to apply however if you’re a woman or man in your late-eighties or nineties (see tables 1 and 2 later in this … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Deemed income falls from 20 March 2015, with lower rates

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If you own financial investments and receive the Age Pension, or you hope to claim the Age Pension, then you need to be aware of a recent change to the deeming rates applicable to financial investments, and the annual change (every July) to the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test. … [Read more...]

SuperGuide checklist: 10 more ways to boost your super

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Note: This article is the second in a special two-part series that SuperGuide updates regularly, designed to help SuperGuide readers more easily access the hundreds of questions and articles that we have published on the SuperGuide website. This article, ’Super checklist: 10 more ways to boost your … [Read more...]