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home equity

Rethinking home equity and retirement funding

Using the value of home equity built up over many years seems an obvious part of retirement planning, but reverse mortgages have been unsuccessful in Australia. Is it time for a fourth pillar of retirement income?

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Tax-free super is due to a social contract

The design of superannuation is part of a social contract, and people who do not understand the long-term context are often offended that super funds should be tax-free in retirement. Don’t blame Peter Costello.

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Sequencing risk can hit retirement outcomes

Some retirement portfolios may never recover from a big hit to the balance just when contributions have stopped and withdrawals have commenced. The possible sequence of returns is another risk to focus on.

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How much is really needed in retirement?

Retirement planning is often based on average expected returns, average expected cost of living and average life expectancy. But all of these variables can vary adversely, and we need more on the range of outcomes.

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Five financial stages in everyone’s life

It is useful to think of your financial life and psychological adjustment in five stages: a family and career phase, pre-retirement, close to retirement, just past retirement, and then lifestyle downsizing.

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The role of multi-asset funds in retirement

Fund managers take different approaches to asset allocation, either leaving it unchanged in a ‘strategic’ position, or responding ‘dynamically’. Either way, multi-asset funds have many of the features retirees want.

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Longevity risk cures worse than the disease

There is much disagreement over the ‘safe’ withdrawal rate in retirement to ensure savings do not run out. Unfortunately, drawing only 2.5% from a nestegg will leave many retirees living a life on unnecessary austerity.

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A lifetime of investing insights

Future retirees will be expected to be even more reliant on their own superannuation instead of the age pension. For the younger generation, your lifetime of investing should begin now, while time on your side.

Longevity risk solutions for retirees

The FSI’s Interim Report observed that the retirement phase of super-annuation is underdeveloped and does not meet the risk management needs of many retirees. The most difficult of these risks to manage is longevity.

The case for equities in retirement

As more people live longer in retirement, income from super and other assets needs to stretch further to ensure a comfortable lifestyle. History makes a strong case for some allocation to equities despite the volatility.

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