John De Ravin

About Author
John De Ravin is a retired actuary whose career included work in the Australian government actuary’s office and in insurance. He has degrees in science and economics and a graduate diploma in financial planning from Finsia. He is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute, a Fellow of Finsia and a CPA. He is the author of Slow and Steady: 100 wealth building strategies for all ages.



Retirement Affordability Index

Should you consider a reverse mortgage or equity release?

Retired actuary John De Ravin tells how homeowning retirees can boost their income.

How much is enough?

Your retirement planning must start here

No plan is a good plan if you don't know how much your need, writes John De Ravin.

Retirement Planning

How to estimate longevity to keep your retirement plans ‘real’

How far your retirement funds need to stretch depends on how long you are likely to live.

Income and asset tests

Talking retirement and Age Pension strategies

It's never too early, or too late, to understand the impact of pension thresholds.

Age Pension

How to assess if part-time work is right for you

Retired actuary John De Ravin crunches the numbers on part-time work to help you decide.


What you should know about moving into a retirement village

Actuary John De Ravin outlines the financial and non-financial aspects you must consider when

Mortgage & home Loans

Should you sell some equity in your home?

Tapping into the equity in your home can deliver some welcome extra funds, writes actuary John


Homeowners vs renters in retirement, by the numbers

Retired actuary John De Ravin explores the outlook for retirees who own their home and for those

Age Pension

Can you boost your retirement income this way? Should you?

There is a range of ways to supplement your retirement income. Actuary John De Ravin explains whether

Banking & Investment

Home is where the cash is

Is a reverse mortgage right for you? Retired actuary and author John De Ravin takes us step by

How much is enough?

Rule of thumb takes the guesswork out of retirement

Retired actuary and ‘rule of thumb' co-creator John De Ravin explains how you can spend with

Banking & Investment

How much cash should retirees hold?

Author and retired actuary John De Ravin has some strong words for retirees holding too much