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Women face big challenges when it comes to saving for super. Often they earn less than men and take breaks from work to care for children and parents, all of which plays a role in reducing super contributions and investment earnings. This can add up to a big difference at retirement. Women nearing retirement (age...
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You may have read about the latest ranking of Australia as one of the best countries for retirees in terms of lifestyle and retirement-income systems. And you may have wondered what such rankings personally mean for you – apart from perhaps making you feel fortunate about where you live. After all, you are unlikely to...
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Lenders look at your credit score or credit rating, which appears in your credit report, to work out if they should lend you money or give you credit. Here we explain how your credit score works and what you can do to improve it. What is a credit score? Your credit score is a number...
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Torndirrup National Park near Albany, WA is astounding. Credit: Tourism Western Australia In the words of Captain Obvious, Australia provides some amazing experiences. What the captain fails to mention, though, is that this wealth of remarkable attractions means some truly incredible experiences are often overlooked. We thought it was high time to change that, so...
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The latest fall in share prices close to the 10-year anniversary of the global financial crisis (GFC) is likely to prompt more retirees and near-retirees to think about creating a volatility-and-downturn cash bucket. This is a straightforward strategy intended to reduce the possibility of retirees – particularly those with many years of retirement ahead –...
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It’s important to prepare for unexpected illness that could throw your retirement plans off course. When you close your eyes and think about retirement, what comes into your mind? Lounging on a pristine beach in the Whitsundays? Enjoying a croissant in a café on the Champs Elysees? Kitesurfing on the bay? If you’re approaching the...
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Many younger Australians are joining the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) movement. Is it right for you? When you’re starting out in the workforce and building your career, retirement can seem like a long way away. And with the age at which you can access your super and age pension creeping up—not to mention the...
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While nearly nine in 10 say they have a preference, less than five in 10 have discussed their wishes with their family. What about you? According to a recent study by McCrindle, nearly 90% of Australians aged 50 and over said they’d prefer to live out their days in their own home, even though most...
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We check out the three largest contributors to household spending in Australia and where people would source additional cash if living expenses rose. If you worked a full-time job in Australia in 1975, the average amount you would’ve earned a year was about $7,600, whereas today, that figure would be closer to $72,0001, according to...
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Are you feeling wealthier, less wealthy or somewhere in between? You may be experiencing what is sometimes called "the housing wealth effect". Movements in house prices, up and down, can affect how we feel about the state of our wealth and our willingness to spend, suggests a Reserve Bank paper* published several years ago. Under...
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