Welcome to 2021! I am sure we are all delighted to see the back of 2020 but then again I am sure there are some challenges to be faced in 2021 of a possibly similar scale. With the start of a new year, it’s a good time to think about your super. 

Although, it’s not such a silly question to ask, is it mine? There is still a large proportion of the working population who do not really own their super as they give it very little attention.  And with the government’s current regulatory program it does appear that the government is potentially indicating their future intention to own your asset. So why is it important to pay attention to super? Here are a few opinions you should keep in mind.

  • Anyone working full time and not paying attention to their super is essentially reducing their accumulation of asset by half at age forty.
  • Time in the market is so financially powerful and yet most people don’t worry about their lack of attention to super for the first 20 years of their career
  • Just an extra 1% additional in your super for 25 years results in an increase in your projected income in retirement of over 20% per annum in today’s dollars for the first 20 years of retirement

In short, someone else seems to be benefiting more from your super than you are! If you do not start paying attention to the management of your asset, I can assure you someone else is enjoying your benefits.

Is it someone else’s fault?

Compulsory super was introduced in 1992 and the government has had numerous attempts at sorting out problems since. I suspect there will be ongoing regulation this year and next as different initiatives by the government play out:

  • There exists an APRA heat map, intended to benchmark good versus dud funds but limited to MySuper.  Visit here if you want to read the information paper. 
  • The ATO has been given a budget to develop a product comparator tool for use by the public.  This initiative along with the existence of the APRA heat map might represent significant interference around super being a personal or a community asset
  • The government intends to staple a super product to an individual for their first job, in an effort to make sure employees do not end up with multiple super accounts
  • The government wants to have the right to act on their conclusions around the performance of product and, at present, if a particular product is underperforming on MySuper, the government can stop them accepting future contributions

Personally I believe super is a personal asset and maybe, as a regulatory force for super, the government has proven themselves to be less than competent since 1992?

Market Indicators

I am of the view that there will be a significant drop in global markets in 2021, most likely between April and September. Market factors considered in my prediction are:

  • Economic damage globally, caused by the ongoing mismanagement of the pandemic by various governments
  • Global political tensions across major nations
  • Global trade tensions, some of which emanate from the above political tensions
  • Social unrest in major economies, possibly triggered by underlying social tensions between the haves and have-nots
  • Economic structural change caused by the introduction of technology and climate change
  • Record level of global government debt
  • Record levels of domestic debt across the developed economies
  • The fact that the ongoing global expectation of, let’s say, annual growth of 3% is actually unsustainable 
  • Overall extremely poor economic management by governments in trying to sustain their power as opposed to dealing with economic challenges that only become more complicated

Some of us can see the iceberg coming but no one steering the ship is held accountable for their mismanagement of outcomes.

What should I do?

SuperWiser is a product comparator now available to the public.  Whether you are in a corporate plan or a retail product or an industry fund, SuperWiser will advise you if you are doing it right or if you can do much better.  SuperWiser gives you a tailored calculation before you have to pay anything.  It provides the advice you require to implement the recommended strategy and has a contact centre should you want to ask some questions before proceeding.

All of this for the affordable price of $220 including GST!  The proposition is as simple as that!  

There are a few concepts to adopt if you really want to easily manage your super.  They are so easy to understand:

  1. Goals & Objectives

Define as retirement at what age and what projected income you want in retirement in today’s dollars

  1. Parameters of Performance

This is essentially two figures, one being your level of contribution and the other being your forecast rate of return

  1. Milestones

SuperWiser advises you at what age you will reach your next hundred thousand, the theory being that it depends upon market volatility and the degrees of market rises and falls

SuperWiser provides you with a strategy and then the means to manage your progression towards your targeted lifestyle in retirement.

Contact Planning

Go to the SuperWiser website at www.superwiser.com.au  and try the calculation tool.  Register on the application and learn some more about the level of value to be delivered against what the cost might be.  If you have any questions, our free call number is 1800 467 467.

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