When introduced thirty years ago, no one would have guessed how controversial super would be. The media tends to focus on negatives, the government is forever changing the rules around it, and most people misunderstand how to optimise it due to its technical complexity.
Then again, anyone in the latter stage of their career might be somewhat happy with their accumulated super balance and even surprised by its value.
On the other hand, perhaps your super balance could have been noticeably larger by now if you had accessed quality limited advice from time to time over the past 30 or so years.
Do not fail to give your super attention and find out how best to manage it as a personal asset. Why? Because the opportunity cost of doing so can reduce your income in retirement by between 10 and 20%, meaning a much-reduced lifestyle in retirement.
Increase the attention to your super asset as you age and when instability within the global economy is high.
For an indication of what might be possible, head to www.superwiser.com.au to complete a free super review.
For individuals at the tapered end of their career, the priority is not always about growing your asset, as sometimes your super needs to be protected from negative market volatility.
From age 60, the opportunity to use a transition to retirement strategy to save on tax and increase your super balance becomes available, so it is worth looking into.
Those closer to retirement might also be interested in obtaining some assistance with pre-retirement planning.
Chat with an adviser to discuss your options. Call 1800 467 467.
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