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Do your sums before buying a second property

Do your sums before buying a second property

You may not be able to afford to live in your home while renting the other property.

  • by George Cochrane

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Single form system refinement is long overdue
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Aged care

Single form system refinement is long overdue

A single form is now required to appoint a nominee to able to act on a person's behalf for both Centrelink payment and aged-care costs.

  • by Rachel Lane
Retiring? What happens with your pension when your spouse is working

Retiring? What happens with your pension when your spouse is working

All assets owned by yourself or your partner are assessable and you should receive 50 per cent of what a pensioner couple would normally receive.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Australian super funds rank bottom of global rankings on transparency

Australian super funds rank bottom of global rankings on transparency

Australia is the only market of 26 that do not require super funds and managed funds to disclose their portfolio holdings, a new study reveals.

  • by John Collett
Land-lease communities a viable homeowner option

Land-lease communities a viable homeowner option

If you are prepared to leave the city, they are relatively cheap, with no stamp duty, and may even be eligible for rent assistance.

  • by George Cochrane
Shedding light on the minimum asset amount in aged care

Shedding light on the minimum asset amount in aged care

A facility must allow you to put more money into a refundable accommodation deposit, but it is not legally obligated to let you withdraw it.

  • by Noel Whittaker
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Young men tap super most under early release scheme

Young men tap super most under early release scheme

Men have made more applications than women to withdraw money from their super under the government’s COVID-19 financial hardship early release scheme.

  • by John Collett
Off and racing to a carefree retirement

Off and racing to a carefree retirement

An indexed-guaranteed pension is a better option than gambling with your future retirement.

  • by George Cochrane
Super withdrawals for housing a danger to performance

Super withdrawals for housing a danger to performance

Early release of super this year showed the need for funds to maintain liquidity, but performance could be affected if it was opened up to allow home-buying.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
Belief that super tax concessions favour the wealthy is a furphy

Belief that super tax concessions favour the wealthy is a furphy

Now, more than ever, we need a super system that provides more certainty – not more changes.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Clarifying Centrelink's pension assets and income test rules

Clarifying Centrelink's pension assets and income test rules

The pension eligibility tests work on an asset test and an income test and the one that produces the lowest pension is the one that Centrelink uses.

  • by Noel Whittaker