In the previous podcast we discussed ‘bolting it all together’ while you are still working – meaning getting everything in order financially before you retire. We gave the example of a couple who earn $90,000 each in the final 10 years of their working lives, and their ability to claim $113, 505 in personal tax returns if they make voluntary super contributions in that time. If we subtract the 15% earnings tax from this, it would leave a benefit of $64,155. There are other benefits the couple could tap into while they are working, such as spouse contribution and government co-contribution. There are many small things you can do while you work to chip away at growing a larger amount of money for your retirement.
We often discuss owning the great companies of Australia and the world and how it benefits you in retirement. Today, we look at some things you can do while you are still working.
In this blog we look at how much money you’ll need to retire, and what you need to do to get there assuming you have ten years left of your working life. Note: the figures discussed today are simply a rule of thumb and don’t take individual factors into account.
Most people have some money saved for their retirement. Whether this is in superannuation or across other investments, they have generally thought about their retirement and are preparing for it. The issue is that many people are not proactive about their super. Each year, or each month, they get a balance statement, and if they see it has gone up, they are happy and think ‘I’m on track’. Unfortunately, that is not enough. The fact that the balance has gone up is actually irrelevant to whether or not it will be enough for them to retire with.
This is a pretty common question we get from our clients. It’s an understandable fear, given that market volatility is real. Fortunately, the situation is not as dire as it seems – even if you happen to retire the day before a big crash in the market.
This week, we have a listener question from Linda. Linda and her husband live on the Sunshine Coast and are 5 years away from retirement. They have $200,000 in cash and her question is whether they should invest the money into superannuation, or use it to build a 2-bedroom cottage on their existing acreage, allowing for dual occupancy. The detached cottage would provide an income stream for Linda and her husband over the next 5 years and continue into their retirement. Linda and her husband might move into the cottage later on in life and rent out the main property instead, for about $600 a week.
When it comes to your retirement, your finances and your business: no-one’s coming to your rescue. In other words, all of those things are your responsibility. That might sound depressing, but it could also be viewed in a positive light. Imagine the possibilities when all those things are in your control.
First of all, thank you to Mike for listening to our podcast, and for sending us your question. We really enjoyed preparing for this complex podcast and we dug deep to analyse the facts and figures associated with it.
Being liquid describes how quickly someone is able to get to their cash. When we talk about the risk to liquidity, we mean any instance where the investor can’t buy or sell an investment as and when desired. In other words, they are unable to access cash when they need to.
Like any kind of risk associated with money, thinking about volatility can be daunting. But what we always say is that you can never entirely get rid of any risk; you can only shift it.
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