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Adding children to super funds

There are financial benefits to including children in a super fund, such as the increased pool of assets created over time that can allow for a greater diversification of assets.

Parents also choose to invite their children to join their super fund as it allows them to provide their children with a financial education on how to manage money and appreciate the benefits of super.

However, there are a variety of issues to think about before including children in the super fund.  The super fund will have a wide range of ages, which can present challenges associated with parties that have different needs.

Also, all members of a DIY fund with a corporate trustee are expected to be actively involved directors of the fund. This means that the children will also be expected to be directors of the fund and will, therefore, play an important role in the fund’s decision-making. Although the children may be happy to leave the fund’s investment arrangements as they are, will they be in the future when their circumstances may change?

The handling of situations listed above will need to be mapped out before children are invited to join the super fund to avoid any arguments or confusion.

Posted on 10 January '14 by , under Super.

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Transition to retirement

The transition to retirement (TTR) strategy allows you to access some of your super while you continue to work.

You are able to use the TTR strategy if you are aged 55 to 60. You can use it to supplement your income if you reduce your work hours or boost your super and save on tax while you keep working full time.

  • Starting a TTR pension: To start your TTR pension, transfer some of your super to an account-based pension. You have to keep some money in your super account so that you can continue to receive your employer's compulsory contributions as well as any voluntary contributions you may be making.
  • Government benefits and TTR: The benefits you or your partner receive might be impacted if you choose to opt for this strategy. How and what exactly will change might become clearer upon discussing this with a Financial Information Service (FIS) officer.
  • Life insurance and TTR: In some cases, the life insurance cover you have with your super may stop or reduce if you start a TTR pension – check this before making any decisions or changes.

TTR can help ease your mind as you transition into retirement but it can be a bit complex. Before you choose whether you want to use TTR to reduce work hours or save on tax, or even if you want to use TTR altogether, you should figure out how this will impact all aspects of your finances.

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