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Funds hunt income for retirees

sinking feeling

Funds hunt income for retirees

Super funds posted modest gains in September, but are facing challenges to deliver income to ...

Plan to subsidise the sick

sick person

Plan to subsidise the sick

Paper urges Government to subsidise sicker Australians’ health insurance costs.

Negative interest rate worry

Negative interest rate worry

Negative interest rate worry

Negative interest rates could be coming to Australia.

Cheaper medicines for 500,000

cheaper meds

Cheaper medicines for 500,000

New PBS listings set to save some patients more than $100,000.

Retirees too conservative with super

Retirees too conservative with super

Retirees too conservative with super

The drawdown or spending phase of superannuation is ripe for greater attention.

‘Perfect storm’ puts over-65s at risk

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‘Perfect storm’ puts over-65s at risk

Climate change and ageing populations are interacting to create 'a perfect storm'.

Superannuation

Is super fund set-up working?

What does Noel Whittaker think of Troy’s retirement income set-up?

What does Noel say?

What is decumulation?

What happens when it’s time to start drawing down on your super?

How it all works

Fixing super’s flaws

Flaws in the superannuation system have been allowed to proliferate for too long.

Design flaws

Banking & Investment

Investments you should avoid

If you want to live well in retirement, investment is the key, but watch out for these traps.

Avoid the pitfalls

New banking inquiry on the way

The ACCC will approach financial sector companies for their views on competition in the sector.

New targets

Negative interest rate worry

Negative interest rates could be coming to Australia.

Prepare your wealth

Credit Cards

Paying for services you don’t use?

The nature of direct debits means you can lose track of who you are paying and when.

Direct debit disasters

How to pick the right credit card

Credit cards are a convenient way to pay for things, but that convenience can come at a cost.

Credit choice

When you shouldn’t use your card

Older Australians are increasingly asking for help in managing credit card debt.

Manage your credit

Property

Retirement ‘pillar’ is crumbling

Home ownership is a fundamental plank in our retirement income system, but it’s crumbling, write Per Capita’s Emma Dawson and Myfan Jordan.

Impact on health

Buying extra land and the pension

Vivienne and her husband want to know whether they should buy or lease extra land.

Buy or lease?

Problems selling the family home

To have or have-not? What happens if Kevin sells the family home?

What does Noel say?

Insurance

Private health insurance exodus

‘Of course it’s concerning, we know people are finding it hard to cover the cost of the premiums, and private health is perceived as expensive,’ says peak body chief.

A sinking ship

Health insurance in ‘death spiral’

NIB boss wants Medicare abolished.

Crisis time

Insurers blasted for odious tactics

Watchdog blasts some insurers’ investigation practices.

Harmful processes

Legal & General

How to choose a power of attorney

Estate planning expert Rod Cunich answers your questions about power of attorney powers.

Who has the power?

Calls to change inheritance laws

Australia is one of only seven OECD countries without any inheritance, estate or gift taxes.

Too generous?

Calls to change inheritance laws

Australia is one of only seven OECD countries without any inheritance, estate or gift taxes.

Too generous?

Mortgage & Home Loans

Mortgage stress infiltrates retirement

More older Australians are finding it difficult to pay off their mortgage debt before they retire.

Mortgage stress

Mortgage debt ruining retirements

Record numbers of older Australians are battling to pay off their mortgages before retirement.

Housing policy turmoil

Live well at home as you age

Australians prefer to stay in their own home as they age. Can you afford the renovations required?

Fund your future

Seniors Finance

The challenge for retirees

Falling interest rates are scaring Australians, with confidence falling to a four-year low.

Government urged to spend

Think tank gets super wrong – again

‘The claims made by the Grattan Institute are based on a fantasy world that doesn’t exist’.

Wide of the mark

Was bank wrong on funeral costs?

Confused Brendan asks Rod Cunich for clarification on bank’s funeral costs knockback.

Rules explained

Finance News

Retirees could lose out on changes

‘It’s really important that Australians check on their accounts before it’s too late,’ says super boss.

New super changes

What funds don’t want you to know?

Super watchdog butts heads with funds over a comparison tool that could quickly and reliably allow members to assess performances.

Heat on underperformers

The challenge for retirees

Falling interest rates are scaring Australians, with confidence falling to a four-year low.

Government urged to spend