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The great dilemma: Who will look after mum or dad?
Opinion
Aged care

The great dilemma: Who will look after mum or dad?

A good option is to move a parent into a community of connected like-minded people – either a traditional retirement village or one of the fast-growing lifestyle communities.

  • by Noel Whittaker

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How to navigate super traps after partner’s death

How to navigate super traps after partner’s death

Superannuation fund rules usually allow for a benefit to be taken partly as a lump sum and partly as a pension.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Search for a charity to leave lasting legacy

Search for a charity to leave lasting legacy

Good Shepherd offers zero-interest loans as part of its services across Australia and New Zealand.

  • by George Cochrane
What super funds say about retirement planning shake-up
Analysis
Super wars

What super funds say about retirement planning shake-up

By 2060, the average super fund balance at retirement is expected to more than double to $450,000. Retirees need to plan for how to manage it when they stop work.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
Gifting rules and their impact on the age pension

Gifting rules and their impact on the age pension

A gift to a family member can result in a significant loss of the age pension over multiple years.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Various ways to claim a franking credits refund

Various ways to claim a franking credits refund

You can fill out a form and mail it to the Australian Taxation Office, phone them and supply the details, or send them in via your MyGov account.

  • by George Cochrane
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Picking the eyes out of supermarket specials
Opinion
Shopping

Picking the eyes out of supermarket specials

Coles and Woolworths compete mostly on the brand names people love. Aldi competes on price first, and its specials tend to be quirky, such as the “special buys” made famous by it middle-aisle deals.

  • by Joel Gibson
How to trim asset values to maximise the age pension

How to trim asset values to maximise the age pension

The value of your furniture and fittings, renovations, superannuation and gifts can all impact the amount you receive in age pension.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Aussies left in the dark on what’s really inside their super

Aussies left in the dark on what’s really inside their super

Australia has the worst disclosure regime of 26 countries surveyed by Morningstar in its annual Global Investor Experience Study.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Buying an investment property in a boom can be risky

Buying an investment property in a boom can be risky

Pilbara median house prices fell more than 80 per cent after the mining boom soured a decade ago.

  • by George Cochrane
Strong super funds make bid to snare mass defections

Strong super funds make bid to snare mass defections

As the $3.3 trillion superannuation sector weans itself off the default system, expect to see more advertising as funds heavily compete for new members.

  • by Charlotte Grieve