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Edition 218

  • 8 September 2017

Our newsletter subscribers exceed 20,000 (and 30,000+ unique visits to our website each month) and thousands have joined this year. As our articles are written by market experts, some readers might find the content too technical at times. We try to strike a balance, and this 'back to basics' edition includes several uncomplicated investment and retirement planning ideas.

Spicing up two main investment principles

Telling investment stories in the form of a fable or parable is a great way to overcome the reluctance of many inexperienced investors to think about saving.

Retirement planning improved by grey hairs

Important retirement planning lessons benefit from actual experience, given that life does not follow a predictable pattern and many people can’t work forever. Planning is vital but so is making adjustments.

Living the lifestyle you want in retirement

Both before and after retirement, there are actions most people can take to improve the chances of attaining a desired lifestyle after paid work finishes.

The indignity of a modest retirement

It's no surprise that increasing living costs (food, energy, health care) are impacting retirees on modest incomes the most. Early planning and saving is needed to be 'retirement-ready'.

Big data reveals how retirees really live

Analysis of the retirement expectations and spending habits of over 300,000 retirees is a valuable tool to make plans more specific, including both super and non-super wealth sources.

Age pension is the world’s greatest annuity

The value of the age pension as a life-long annuity should be taken into account when choosing the optimal asset allocation for retirement investments to avoid being overweight defensive assets.

Facebook: social network or pervasive global media giant?

Facebook has changed the way we communicate, but more importantly, it knows our viewing and spending habits and can turn this into massive revenues.

Treasurer: super reform was difficult but we had no choice

Treasurer Scott Morrison on superannuation engagement and why the recent changes were essential, and in fact, have no impact on the vast majority of people.

Most viewed in recent weeks

10 reasons wealthy homeowners shouldn't receive welfare

The RBA Governor says rising house prices are due to "the design of our taxation and social security systems". The OECD says "the prolonged boom in house prices has inflated the wealth of many pensioners without impacting their pension eligibility." What's your view?

House prices surge but falls are common and coming

We tend to forget that house prices often fall. Direct lending controls are more effective than rate rises because macroprudential limits affect the volume of money for housing leaving business rates untouched.

Survey responses on pension eligibility for wealthy homeowners

The survey drew a fantastic 2,000 responses with over 1,000 comments and polar opposite views on what is good policy. Do most people believe the home should be in the age pension asset test, and what do they say?

100 Aussies: five charts on who earns, pays and owns

Any policy decision needs to recognise who is affected by a change. It pays to check the data on who pays taxes, who owns assets and who earns the income to ensure an equitable and efficient outcome.

Three good comments from the pension asset test article

With articles on the pensions assets test read about 40,000 times, 3,500 survey responses and thousands of comments, there was a lot of great reader participation. A few comments added extra insights.

The sorry saga of housing affordability and ownership

It is hard to think of any area of widespread public concern where the same policies have been pursued for so long, in the face of such incontrovertible evidence that they have failed to achieve their objectives.

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