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Tax-free super is due to a social contract

The design of superannuation is part of a social contract, and people who do not understand the long-term context are often offended that super funds should be tax-free in retirement. Don't blame Peter Costello.

Good policy maintains pension age at 67

The proposal to increase eligibility for the age pension to 70 was driven by budget austerity, but it overlooked the vulnerable people who could not wait that long.

Retirement spending: set the bar lower

Lower spending strategies and the right investment options are crucial to giving superannuation members the best chance of making their super last for an average 25 year retirement.

The case for equities in retirement

As more people live longer in retirement, income from super and other assets needs to stretch further to ensure a comfortable lifestyle. History makes a strong case for some allocation to equities despite the volatility.

Pension Loans Scheme should have much greater use

The little-known Pension Loans Scheme allows asset-rich but cash-poor retirees to top up their part-pension income to the full amount via a loan from the government, effectively unlocking the value of their assets.

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Retirees facing steep increases for basic items

ASFA has updated its tables on how much money is needed for a 'comfortable' or 'modest' lifestyle in retirement, but there are some unavoidable prices rising well ahead of inflation.

Let’s stop calling them ‘bond proxies’

With cash and term deposit rates at all-time lows, and fixed interest bonds not much better, investors are looking for ‘bond proxies’ to deliver more income. But is ‘proxy’ a misnomer, and what are they anyway?

Adele Ferguson on ‘Banking Bad’ and weaving magic

The journalist most responsible for the calling of the Royal Commission takes care not to be roped in by everyone with a complaint to push. It takes experienced judgement to gather the right information.

Six warning bells against property spruikers

Property spruikers use common techniques, and con men will increasingly target older people who feel they do not have enough financial independence for their retirement years.

Helping your children build their super

It has become more difficult to build large superannuation balances with contribution caps and more people paying off home loans for longer. How can wealthy parents help their adult children?

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