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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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Has the decluttering bug bitten?

I am not sure if it is just us, but over the Christmas holiday period, my wife, Kerry and I decided to do a bit of decluttering.
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Superannuation death benefits - do you know where yours will go?

Unfortunately, this blog is not a happy one. But it covers a very important subject. Over recent weeks I have had what seems an abnormal number of questions from advisers ...
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A few interesting resources

I thought I would start the new financial year by looking at something a little different. Today access to information is at an unprecedented level. Never before in the history ...
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When modest doesn't cut it

Regular readers of our blog will be familiar with the work that the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) does in producing quarterly estimates of just how ...
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Age Pension and the question of residency

As readers of the blog will know that to qualify for an age pension, you first need to reach the necessary qualifying age - which now can depend on the year you were born.
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My Comfortable Retirement

What does this mean? Every three months, an organisation known as the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA)  produces research providing details of how much a ...
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Tree change, sea change, or stay in the big smoke?

Back in the early 1980’s when my parents retired, it was not uncommon to move away from the traditional home base and stake out a small claim in a sleepy coastal enclave or a ...
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Should life be this hard?

Have you ever tried to change your bank, electricity supplier or phone/internet provider? Why is it just so hard?
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