Pensions to rise

Australian pensioners will be able to buy a celebratory coffee or even a pint of beer tomorrow thanks to the half-yearly review of Commonwealth welfare payment rates. The full single age pension, including supplements, will rise from $894.40 per fortnight to $907.60 and the full couples pension will lift from $1348.40 per fortnight to $1368.20…

ABC TV host Geraldine Doogue considers downsizing super strategy

By Sally Pattern  16 Feb 2018  Australian Financial Review Renowned ABC journalist Geraldine Doogue is among the thousands of savers looking to capitalise on the latest changes to the superannuation rules and pump more money into their retirement pots. Doogue, the highly regarded host of Saturday Extra on the ABC’s Radio National, is considering plans to downsize…

How to help kids financially without a severe impact on your retirement savings

By Bina Brown   12 Jan 2018  Australian Financial Review   Family gatherings at this time of year may trigger talk of early inheritance or financial assistance with upcoming expenses. But, as they say on the airlines, fit your own oxygen mask before assisting others. It doesn’t matter whether the money is needed to pay for living expenses,…