How Much Do I Need in Retirement?

How much you need to save for a comfortable retirement is a question many of us ask. While we all hope for a simple answer, how much money you need in retirement differs for everyone. Additionally, a comfortable retirement is based on a whole range of factors including: When you retire How long you’ll spend…

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All About Wills and Probate

  Probate is the legal process that occurs when dealing with a loved one’s will after their death. It can be difficult to know what’s involved with the process and the questions to ask. What is Probate? Probate is the process that makes sure the instructions in a will can be followed. It involves proving…

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You Only Retire Once. Let’s Get It Right.

Retirement is an exciting time. It’s the long-awaited reward for a lifetime of work and, if you have the right plans in place, the chance to pursue your dreams free from money worries and concerns. Retirement means different things to different people. For some, it may mean traveling the world, or pursuing a previously neglected…

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Get Retirement Ready, No Matter Your Age

  With Aussies living longer than ever, you could be spending many happy years in retirement. But did you know that to maintain your standard of living, you’ll need around two-thirds of your pre-retirement income, for the duration of your retirement? It’s never too early or too late to start taking an interest in your…

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How Does Your Pension Live On After You Die?

  Account-based pensions offer a flexible and tax-effective method of drawing a regular income stream from superannuation. They are an essential part of your overall retirement strategy and are usually used from retirement until death. But what happens to your tax-free account-based pension when you do die? Superannuation does not automatically form part of your…

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Should You Use Property to Fund Your Retirement

  Superannuation, shares, property, cash, other investments; a dizzying number of options are available when it comes to living comfortably through retirement. Financial advisers often promote a diversified portfolio to reduce the risk of concentrating ‘all eggs in one basket’.  Still, Aussies love their property, with more than 2.2 million of us opting for investing…

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Constructing a Retirement Portfolio in a Low Return World

  Portfolio construction is a much-used term that can be misunderstood. Fundamentally, the term portfolio construction refers to the process of selecting investments to create the optimal balance of risk and return. By mixing different types of investments and different asset classes, portfolios can be built in a way that maximises the return for any…

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Do You Value Your Assets More Than Yourself

  Value is a funny thing. One person’s trash can be another person’s treasure, as the old saying goes. The value we place on something tends to be very individual, and is generally a product of many different factors ranging from cultural background and upbringing to personality type and even life stage. But as much…

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From Sea Change to Tree Change – we have a new address

Happy New Year! We hope you had a happy, safe and healthy festive season and have started 2022 has started well! After nearly 12 years at our beautiful Cotton Tree office on the Maroochy River, we are making a “Tree Change” and relocating our office to Buderim. Our new premises are located at 7 Foote…

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