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Post Retirement

Making your wishes known

Making your wishes known

While Australia’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was among the best in the world, the speed and spread of the illness underlined just how fragile life can be. It was also a solemn reminder of the importance of ensuring your affairs are in order, so your wishes are met – […]

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Pensions to rise as deeming rates fall

Pensions to rise as deeming rates fall

It’s been a long time coming, but up to 630,000 retirees could soon enjoy a small but welcome increase in their Age Pension payments following a cut in deeming rates used for the pension income test.i Under the Age Pension income test, you are ‘deemed’ to earn a certain rate […]

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3 ways to lift retirement income

3 ways to lift retirement income

Aussies are living 10 years longer than we did 50 years ago; we are also staying fit and active well into retirement. Expectations of retirement are also higher, whether that be overseas travel, learning a new skill or spoiling the grandkids.  Recent changes to boost retirement income may go at […]

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Can you afford your dream retirement

Can you afford your dream retirement

Planning your dream retirement can be an exciting time. The chance to travel overseas or around Australia without having to rush back to work, time to pursue new hobbies, learn a language or spend time with the grandkids. The possibilities are endless, but what will it cost? Working out how […]

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Retirement villages: look beyond the brochure

Retirement villages: look beyond the brochure

They are marketed as being the optimum lifestyle choice for recent retirees, often in ideal locations with all the facilities for a stress-free lifestyle. But with complex fee structures and inconsistent regulation, retirement village living should be approached with caution.

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Greater choice in home care

Greater choice in home care

When loved ones become frail and elderly, families may feel that moving them into a retirement home is their only option. But that’s no longer the case. Recent changes to home care provision funding now give older people more choice and control over the type of assistance they can receive […]

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Beware of pension pressure

Beware of pension pressure

Changes to the pension assets test that came into force on January 1 have resulted in some retirees losing some, or all, of their pension entitlements. 

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Taking the guesswork out of gifting

Taking the guesswork out of gifting

It’s the season of giving and what better way to show love and support to your family than to gift your children or grandchildren some much needed cash.

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Aged care changes and the family home

Aged care changes and the family home

 Decisions around aged care are always difficult and emotional. From the start of next year they are likely to get even more complex, with both the Age Pension and aged care sectors set for another shake-up. 

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Chasing yield in a low interest rate world

Chasing yield in a low interest rate world

Low interest rates and unsettled sharemarkets make the chase for yield a challenging prospect. And yield is important, particularly for those approaching or already in the retirement phase. Because maintaining capital and enjoying a steady income stream are the two key factors to provide for comfort in the years ahead. 

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