Tobacco and childcare drive cost of living increase

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.9 per cent in the December quarter. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the rise was primarily…

Age Pension

Retirement system ‘uncertain for almost all retirees’

Australia, a nation of almost four million retirees, has one of the world’s best retirement systems. The 2020 Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index ranked…


The big question: How much do I need to retire?

Life expectancies continue to rise, and with that comes a host of challenges. For governments, there’s the increasing cost to budgets and, for retirees, there’s…

Age Pension

Adequacy of retiree nest eggs

YourLifeChoices conducts several surveys each year to gauge the financial, physical and mental health of our 260,000 members. The aim is to shape our content…

Age Pension

Pension rates, PBS entitlements, health fund changes

YourLifeChoices keeps you up to date with retirement income changes. PBS co-paymentsThe maximum co-payment for general patients for drugs listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme…


What is the Consumer Price Index and how does it work?

The Consumer Price Index is an important economic indicator, especially for retirees. But how does it work and how is it measured?


Nothing like a pandemic to put pressure on estate planning

Wills and estates specialist Adeline Schiralli tells why we can’t delay when it comes to getting our affairs in order – and keeping them that way.


Is deflation good news for your living costs?

A pandemic, a recession and deflation … what does it all mean for retirees? Matt Grudnoff, senior economist with The Australia Institute, explains.


COVID-19 ushers in new period of retirement income uncertainty

A survey of YourLifeChoices members reveals a major rethink about retirement savings as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Challenger presents the key findings.


Affluents cruise, Cash-Strapped bear brunt of increases

Fires and drought have biggest impact on March quarter costs.

Banking & Investment

Be prepared – things will get worse before they get better

Get ready for more challenging times, says personal finance specialist Noel Whittaker, who offers these insights into how older Australians should prepare.


What COVID-19 taught us about investing for retirement income

Financial services executive Jeremy Duffield pits the ‘Bears’ against the ‘Goldilocks’ to see whose savings perform the best.

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