Retirement

YOUR QUESTIONS

Careful planning needed to have a good lifestyle in retirement

George Cochrane The goal is a retirement unit, but the money keeps going elsewhere. What's the best plan?

SUPER

Most of us expect will to power retirement

John Collett Almost half of working-age Australians say they will be relying on an inheritance to at least partly finance their retirement.

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Betting on a will to power retirement

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John Collett Almost half of working-age Australians say they will be relying on an inheritance to at least partly finance their retirement.

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$1m savings for retirement may not be enough

Dreaming of strolling along beaches with your $1 million nest egg? Think again.

John Collett Those likely to retire with $1 million, dreaming of strolling along beaches in exotic parts of the world, could be disappointed.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Path to retirement

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George Cochrane Focus on enjoying your money, rather than leaving it to younger relatives.

SUPER

Boomers' retirement plans busted

The evidence suggests boomers have not been preparing themselves for retirement.

John Collett Baby boomers, it is said often, are redefining what it is to retire in the same way they have revolutionised every other stage of life they have passed through.

SUPER

Playing politics with retirement savings

John Collett The Coalition says Labor is attacking the retirement savings of the better off. But what are the two sides proposing?

When to start saving for retirement

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Christopher Niesche Retirement seems a long way off for the average 30-year-old, but experts says it's important to get into the savings habit early.

Tech talk

Squeezing less into retirement

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Penny Pryor If you've been trying to squirrel away as much as possible into superannuation while you can, you need to take note of a few measures that were introduced by the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, last week.

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In search of an equitable retirement system

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Annette Sampson Let's be honest. While most of us reckon saving for retirement is a good idea, if we had our druthers we would probably be more inclined to keep the money for now.

Retirement savings hit

Retirement

Fund Pick Yippee! Super funds returned almost 4 per cent in the three months to the end of February.

A retirement conundrum

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John Collett Legislative risk is the big concern as the Government shifts the super goalposts, writes John Collett.

Retirement endgame

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John Collett Research by superannuation consultant Watson Wyatt Australia says most of us are likely to be living a lot longer than official longevity data suggests.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How much can we give away?

Gifting: What happens to your pension entitlement if you lend money, or give it away to relatives?

George Cochrane What would Centrelink's reaction be if we gave or loaned money to relatives. How much would it affect our pension?

INSIGHT

Ration out the rationality

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Gareth Hutchens Early economists thought that any choice we make will be in our best interest. They were wrong.

ASK NOEL

Be older and wiser with your super

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Noel Whittaker When a member of a superannuation fund dies, the trustee of the super fund has the responsibility of deciding who the money will be paid to, so it's best to get it right.

Super accounts get skinny to pay for weight-loss surgery

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Alana Schetzer Thousands of Australians are taking money from their retirement nest eggs to pay for weight-loss surgery and other life-saving medical treatments that are not covered by Medicare.

BELT TIGHTENING

Waistline shrinks, so does the super pot

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Sylvia Pennington More and more obese Australians are tapping into their superannuation reserves to foot the huge bills for life-prolonging weight-loss surgery.

WELL HEELED

Self-employed? Try to resist short-term super temptation

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Melissa Browne When you're an employee your super is paid by your boss. When you're your own boss it all come down to you.

SUPER & FUNDS

Picking market's ups and downs too hard for fund members

John Collett Should fund members be switching investment options given that it seems that share prices may be entering a period of low growth?