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Schemes designed to deal with longevity risk

With the availability of large pools of retirees, the law of large numbers will start to see a predictable distribution of lifespans around the mean, allowing for longevity risk products. An important development.

The value of additional aged care advice

Identifying opportunities to provide aged care clients with additional advice. Commonly, aged care advice is focussed on the resident’s position at the time of entry, however changes whilst a resident is in care can give rise to new advice opportunities.

10 years on from the GFC, retirees still jittery

The National Seniors Australia (NSA) survey reveals that retirees want access to regular and stable income, even at the expense of lower returns. The need to preserve capital reduces tolerance of losses.

Time to build a super system fit for retirement

Life expectancies have increased dramatically since the nineties, but the uncertainty is forcing retirees to live too frugally. The super industry is switching its attention to the drawdown phase to find better solutions.

Retirement really is different

  • 30 April 2018

“Australia needs a world-class retirement income system with high quality products, improved fund governance and targeted financial advice.”

Overcoming loss aversion in retirement income

Loss aversion means some people avoid annuities because a premature death may lead to a loss of capital, but lifetime annuities with death benefits aim to address this problem.

Summer Series, Guest Editor, Jeremy Cooper

As Cuffelinks celebrates five years of publishing, I have chosen five of my favourite articles over that time, all of which deal with the ‘retirement income challenge’ one way or another.

It's not a shock that retirement is different

We need different tools to measure success in the retirement phase, as many people become dependent on the cash flow from their super fund. The defined contribution system has failed to keep pace with retirees' needs.

Understand the retirement income challenge

It’s often assumed one of the primary aims of wealth accumulation is to leave money for the kids, but retirees realise their own longevity means they need to look after their retirement first.

Why 10/30/60 is no longer the rule

The old investment rule that assumed the majority of retirement income would come from late-stage earnings no longer applies when returns are low, placing more importance on early accumulation.

Guiding members safely down a path in retirement

  • 2 November 2016

One issue for [superannuation] funds is that it is sometimes unclear where the responsibility lies for delivering retirement income for members. In the effort to build up savings for members in the accumulation phase, investments and asset allocation are the go-to solutions.

Making the most of the coming Assets Test changes

  • 22 September 2016

This paper takes a closer look at the short and longer term implications for overall retirement outcomes.

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Most investors are wrong on dividend yield as income

The current yield on a share or trust is simply the latest dividend divided by the current share price, an abstract number at a point in time. What really matters is the income delivered in the long run.

My 10 biggest investment management lessons

A Chris Cuffe classic article that never ages. Every experienced investor develops a set of beliefs about how markets operate.

Seven major trends affecting Australians in retirement

Retirement planning will become increasingly complex in the face of trends in home ownership, wealth dispersion, life expectancy, health and aged care costs, work patterns and pension dependency.

Lessons from the Future Fund for retail investors

The Annual Report from Australia's sovereign wealth fund reveals new ways it is investing in fixed income and alternatives. The Fund considers its portfolio as one overall risk position with downside protection in one asset class allowing more risk in another.

Four companies riding the healthcare boom

There are strong demographic trends in ageing and consumer spending and investing in the right healthcare companies can ride this wave as well as produce better health outcomes for people. 

Five reasons SMSFs are making asset allocation changes

Substantial changes are underway in SMSFs which until recently held a narrow range of assets dominated by cash, term deposits and Australian equities. Trustees have never faced so many choices.

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