A recent survey of SMSFs revealed that estate planning is the highest unmet need for advice, estimated to affect 59,000 funds which equates to about 10% of the total number of SMSFs in Australia. Given demographic trends and the continued growth of SMSF numbers in Australia, this advice gap looks set to rise over time.
How much superannuation should I have for my age?
As of July 2014, employers have been required to contribute 9.5% into superannuation, however individuals are able to contribute further.
According to The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia’s (ASFA) Retirement Standard,
Knowing how much you need in retirement is more about knowing what kind of lifestyle you desire when you have retired, or, transitioning to retirement.
According to the ASFA Retirement Standard, for a single person that magic number is $545,000.
But according to the ABS –
In the May 2017 budget, the Government announced that from 1 July 2018, older Australians could contribute up $300,000 each (per couple) from the sale of their family home into their Superannuation Fund. This measure is to encourage older people to downsize from family homes that no longer meet their needs,
The downsizer contribution initiative is due to come into effect on the 1 July 2018. Late last year the Government passed its policy which allows super fund members over the age of 65 to sell a main residence and contribute funds into their superannuation accounts without contribution cap and work test issues.
There is no magic number to start planning but the simple answer is, the earlier you start, the more chance you have to achieve the retirement that you dream of having.
The reason for this is because of the compounding interest effect. Below are some simple graphs showing how powerful this effect can be.
When planning for retirement, it’s important to understand your SMSF household needs, and outline your goals with your adviser.
The latest report on the financial health of SMSF trustees heading into retirement has found that the amount needed for a 65-year-old couple to afford a comfortable retirement has risen by 17 percent from $702,000 in the previous year to $824,000.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, goods and services spending grew by 21 per cent in 2015-16 over the 2009-10 figure for households with a reference person between 55-64. In the same period, households headed by someone over 65 years of age saw a spending increase of 22 per cent.
Money know-how can come from anyone, young or old. When it comes to financial wisdom, author and speaker Kylie Travers has taken her lead from the previous generation.
Get serious about saving
You can’t avoid it. To get on top of your finances you need to save and to save means you have to have financial discipline.
Scott Morrison has delivered his second Budget, aimed at boosting growth and the government’s flagging poll rating, declaring there are “better days ahead”. Here is a a quick recap of some of the key announcements that affect the individual.
To find out more, read our “Government delivers stability in 2017-18 Federal Budget”