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4 Things To Think About When Deciding Whether Or Not To Do It - The Age Pension and Downsizing

The recent Federal budget contained some incentives for older Australians to sell their homes and downsize. Specifically, people over 65, who were selling their home that they had owned for 10 years or longer, will be able to put $300,000 each into their superannuation. Previous restrictions that would prevent this, will not apply.

However, it remains to be seen how attractive this is, especially to people who may lose all or part of the age pension in the process. By freeing up capital in this way, it moves from the non-means testable area (your home), into the area where it becomes means testable. In the process, all or part of your age pension may be affected.

In our experience, people often decide not to downsize when faced with this loss of pension. However, this action is not logical and puts too much emphasis on the age pension. After all, the age pension is nothing but a source of income, and it is not inherently better than an alternative source of income.

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Food for Thought: 3 Classes Battle for the Upper Hand, Where There Used to be Just 2.

Look at the literature over the last hundred years or so, and you will see 2 classes battling for the economic upper hand. They are Labour and Capital. 

Karl Marx based his whole theory around this battle. While classical and neoclassical economists portrayed it in less confrontational terms, much of their theories were still based around competition between these two classes.

Enter the third class – Consumers.

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Your Invitation to a: RETIREMENT INCOME SEMINAR Important issues for retirees:

RETIREMENT INCOME SEMINAR

Important issues for retirees: Estate Planning, Investment, Income...

Details and RSVP:

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3 Things To Look Out For In 2017

1. Changing Times

For several years, we have been in an environment of ever falling interest rates, as Governments have relied on monetary policy to fix the damage wreaked by the GFC.

However, while this has arguably prevented some really horrible things from happening (such as a world-wide depression), it has not succeeded in making good things happen. Now many are looking to more Government spending to boost economic growth. In this context president-elect Donald Trump spoke on election night of modernising America’s often old and creaking infrastructure and making it the world’s best. Depending on the scale, this would indeed be a game changer. If successful, it could also draw other countries down this path, as well as lead to rising (instead of falling) interest rates.

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The Sad State Of Communication In The Financial World. A Tale Of Tribes, Jargon And Gobbledygook.

In certain parts of the financial world, we are meant to provide advice that is “clear, concise and unambiguous”.

This is a very worthy goal. A quick glance at some stock exchange announcements shows that “clear, concise and unambiguous” is often missing in action.

Announcements are often couched in terms that are unintelligible to ordinary people. It is as if they have been framed so that only members of the “financial tribe”, who are schooled in that tribe’s mind numbing jargon can hope to understand.

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