Retirement

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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.

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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.

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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.

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?

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.

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.

TIP OF THE WEEK

What are the effects of concession card changes?

 

Nerida Cole Changes begin next year. Existing cardholders who don't plan ahead will be the group most likely to lose out.

Is insurance policy worth keeping?

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Noel Whittaker I recently realised the policy will only pay upon my death and will become void when I reach 80. Is it worth holding on to?

Plug other options into your super

Sweetener: Transferring shares can free up money to reduce an outstanding mortgage or personal debt.

Daryl Dixon More industry funds are offering members the option to invest in shares, exchange traded funds or term deposits.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Let off on property's capital gains tax

Home owner: Not every home owner will get hit for capital gains tax when they sell.

George Cochrane When it comes to capital gains tax on property, a house bought before September 20, 1985, is exempt.

Your Questions

Can I retire early and bring up the kids too?

That's entertainment:  Children, they are expensive.

George Cochrane My plan involves investment properties and my public service super. But will it fly?