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What is Deeming and is it time for a change?

Over the last couple of weeks, you may have seen several articles in the media suggesting to the government that as a result of the recent cuts in the official interest rates ...
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Things retirees fear

Recently I was having coffee with a friend. While we were talking, he asked me a rather unusual question. That question was: ‘What did I think people approaching retirement, ...
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Is Transition to Retirement Still Viable?

As many readers will be aware, legally getting access to superannuation before retirement can be rather difficult. But, back in 2005 things were made just a little easier.
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Change is not a dirty word!

We are often told change is constant, and I think that we all recognize that this is a fact of life. This constant change is, I am sure, the reason why we are sometimes tired, ...
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Time for a quick check-up

Superannuation is not something we usually give a great deal of thought to, particularly if retirement is 10 years or more away. But perhaps it is worth investing a few moments ...
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Pensioners living in million-dollar homes!

As many readers will be aware, the family home is exempt from means testing for Social Security benefits, including the age pension. But this hasn’t always been the case.
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Carers – a blessing

As we age our bodies and minds start to become a little feebler. No doubt, we will find that we are relying on care provided by relatives, our partners or by the government in ...
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What will 2019 hold?

As we stand on the threshold of a New Year we may be tempted to think about what the year ahead has in store. Somehow, I think that 2019 will be a big year but whether this is ...
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Happy New Year 2019

I have been back at work for just over a week and I’ve enjoyed my Christmas New Year break immensely. In fact, probably a little too much as it did take all week to adjust my ...
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Is it time to apply for the aged pension? Pt. 2

Some weeks ago, I wrote a blog called ‘Is it time to apply for an age pension?’, which looked at the complexities and frustration of the application process. Some readers have ...
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