The idea that young Australians should be able to dip into their super to help buy their first home keeps going round and round. The most recent iteration put forward by the Coalition’s Tim Wilson and a clutch of other backbenchers has the catchy slogan Home First, Super Second.
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All sorts of claims are being made following the release of the Retirement Income Review, including that it paid insufficient attention to issues of gender.
Have you ever wondered why your super fund rarely sends you mail? It could be because it is one of the 36 funds that perform badly, or one of the six funds that perform extraordinarily badly. As of mid last year those six funds managed the retirement savings of 900,000 Australians.
There’s something odd about those television and internet advertisements telling us we are getting more super.
Jim Bonham from Save Our Super examines recent claims that retirees have been hoarding their superannuation.
Our community is being economically hit ‘to save the oldies’ – especially with existing health conditions. Should we older people be grateful? How and why could we contribute?
As official interest rates drop to a record low of 1%, Age Pensioners who depend on income from cash investments face a double whammy. Not only do they receive less income from their bank deposits as interest rates fall, but they also risk losing some pension because they are deemed to earn more than they do.
Just because a financial planner’s business card doesn’t display the logo of a bank or insurance company doesn’t mean he or she is independent.
As we start a new Parliament, we asked some of Australia’s top experts in superannuation and retirement planning what they think the government should be focusing on.
Many of today’s retirees are feeling betrayed. In 1992, Australians entered into an agreement. They agreed with a plan made by the politicians of the day that, in order to reduce the burden of the Age Pension on future generations of working taxpayers, everyone would save super for their own retirement.
In this article, I dig into this subject in more detail, particularly for those who hold their shares directly in their own names, to show what the ALP proposal really means and how it would operate.
As an SMSF trustee, Dr Bonham is deeply concerned about the proposed changes to the SMSF audit rules, and the ongoing instability for retirees and future retirees.
After the initial shock has worn off, and now that Treasury has released a discussion paper outlining the proposed three-year audit cycle for SMSFs, it is time to consider how the proposed measures (if adopted) will be rolled out, and how these measures will affect both the SMSF sector and the obligations of SMSF trustees.
Depending on who you believe, self-managed superannuation funds range from being the greatest invention of the modern age or the most likely cause of the next financial crisis.
The Australian Labor Party’s proposal to deny a cash refund on excess franking credits from Australian shares has very similar effects to the destructive and self-defeating consequences of the federal government’s 2017 changes to the Age Pension asset test.