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Vanguard welcomes super reforms despite likely disadvantage

Vanguard welcomes super reforms despite likely disadvantage

Government reform that ties workers to one super fund for life would likely put Vanguard Super at a competitive disadvantage but Michael Lovett is not fazed.

  • by Charlotte Grieve

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Paying down debt still a top priority in a low-interest world

Paying down debt still a top priority in a low-interest world

Interest rates on loans are usually far more than you can earn on your savings.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Super still the best tax-effective way to plan for retirement

Super still the best tax-effective way to plan for retirement

If your investment income is high enough for you to be paying tax, then contributions to super, which is good a tax shelter, is a good option.

  • by George Cochrane
Hardship withdrawals leave black hole in retirement savings

Hardship withdrawals leave black hole in retirement savings

A good portion of superannuation fund members who dipped into their super last year would be left with a significant shortfall in retirement savings when they stop work.

  • by John Collett
Running an SMSF is far from set and forget
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Running an SMSF is far from set and forget

Control of your retirement savings comes at the price of legal responsibility and can only be achieved if trustees continually improve their financial literacy.

  • by John Maroney
Why not try tax deductibility of interest for first home buyers?

Why not try tax deductibility of interest for first home buyers?

It would help many young people struggling with rising housing affordability to get a foot on the property ladder.

  • by Noel Whittaker
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Flawed arguments to abandoning aged-care RADs

Flawed arguments to abandoning aged-care RADs

Taking away the ability to pay a RAD could deliver a financial hit to many aged-care residents but would likely result in a bonanza worth billions of dollars for the government.

  • by Rachel Lane
Seek financial advice early if you are planning to retire

Seek financial advice early if you are planning to retire

It is prudent to ensure you are on the right path with a solid financial plan before you stop work.

  • by George Cochrane
What’s the best way to save if you are young?

What’s the best way to save if you are young?

Many people who try to pick stocks do not achieve investment returns as high as those produced by good managed funds.

  • by Noel Whittaker
ASFA says most retirees exhaust their super savings

ASFA says most retirees exhaust their super savings

Fewer than 190,000 people age 70 or over have more than $500,000 in super, new report finds.

  • by John Collett
How low can super fees go? How new changes will affect what you pay

How low can super fees go? How new changes will affect what you pay

Australians are paying, on average, about 1 per cent of their super fund balances in fees. However, mergers of underperforming funds could drive fees lower.

  • by Jessica Irvine