Early access to super, March super returns, SMSFs see buying opportunities ahead, Managing your super in a downturn, Minimising super pension risks, Advance care plans
Highlights of the April 2020 edition of the SuperGuide Premium newsletter include:
- SUPER FUND RETURNS FOR MARCH: Super funds recorded significant falls in March but have clawed back some ground in the first three weeks of April.
- EARLY RELEASE OF SUPER: As part of its response to the Coronavirus, the Federal Government is allowing Australians to access up to $20,000 of their super. We give the details, and we also look at the rules around early access that apply to SMSFs.
- SMSFS AHEAD OF THE INVESTMENT CURVE: Perhaps due to their age and experience, SMSF investors are more likely than others to see the current market turmoil as a buying opportunity.
- WORRIED ABOUT YOUR SUPER? DON’T PANIC: It seems counter-intuitive, but the best thing to do with your super when the market panics is often nothing. Janine Mace looks at the evidence for holding tight and offers tips to stretch your retirement dollars further.
- TESTING TIMES FOR SUPER PENSIONS: A big market fall is especially difficult to handle in the years just before and after retirement. Barbara Drury looks at the twin risks to be aware of. While the Government’s temporary halving of pension drawdown rates is a help, Penny Pryor looks at an additional strategy for SMSFs.
- TAKING CARE OF YOUR HEALTH: The Coronavirus has made us all more aware that not just the elderly can become critically unwell. Bina Brown explains why everyone should have an advance care plan. And longevity researcher David Williams shares insights into positive ageing.
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