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Balancing Life, Work and Money

All / 30.06.20170 comments

Work-life balance. It’s something everyone seeks, but achieving it can seem an impossible task. Not only does the ideal balance vary from person to person, it can change frequently throughout life. If your wheel of life has developed a wobble, it might be time to do some repairs to regain stability for the journey ahead.

What’s the problem?

The source of your imbalance may be clear. Too many hours in the office; too long spent commuting; or maybe you need to support elderly parents or to care for young children. Sometimes it’s more subtle – the desire to unleash your inner artist; a yearning to find more meaning in your life; or to simply have enough time to “get everything done”. Once you’ve identified the source of your wobble you’ll be in a better position to fix it.

What are some options?

The available options will depend on the problem, the type of job you have, and the attitude of your employer. Here are some thoughts:

Is the daily commute getting you down, or do you need to help care for young children? Maybe you can work from home one or more days a week.

Are you looking for some time to start writing that best-selling novel, or just some breathing space for yourself? Working nine days a fortnight might be the solution.

Too busy to keep up with household chores? Consider hiring a domestic cleaner or gardener.

Frazzled business owners or managers might consider hiring additional staff. Or perhaps the solution is simpler, such as improving time management skills, or turning off electronic devices when not at work.

Empathetic employers actively help employees achieve a better balance. It helps to retain good staff, and happy workers are more productive. Once you know what you want, it’s time to talk to the boss. He or she may even suggest solutions you haven’t thought of. If your boss is uncooperative you may need to revise your plan. Maybe start looking for a new, more accommodating job.

What’s the financial impact?

If you are working excessive hours and headed for a burnout, a sensible boss will encourage you to cut back to a sustainable level of effort without financial penalty. However, anything that reduces your working hours and productivity below the norm is likely to result in a reduction in income, which raises a number of questions.

  1. Can you afford it and for how long?
  2. Does cutting back your hours allow a spouse or partner to increase theirs?
  3. What are the implications for tax and childcare benefits?
  4. How will it affect the growth of your superannuation?
  5. If you are over 55, can you use a transition-to-retirement pension to offset a drop in employment income?

These are all questions your financial adviser can help you address.

Career consequences

Historically it has been women who interrupted their careers to care for young children, often finding it difficult to regain footing on the career ladder. With more men seeking a better balance between work and family, career progression is a key consideration. The long-term financial impacts of lingering on lower pay rungs may be substantial and cause issues in later life.

Getting the work-life balance right can deliver many rewards: greater contentment, improved health, and better relationships with the people you love. Finances may suffer a bit, but what’s the price of happiness? Still, if you plan any big changes in your life, talk to your licensed financial planner to make sure there aren’t any consequences you haven’t thought of.

 

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.

 

Disclaimer
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances.

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To stay, it pays to look back

All / 23.06.20170 comments

Financial planning is, by its nature, forward-looking. What counts is where you are now and what you do in the coming months and years. That said; there’s good reason to pause and take a look over your shoulder to see how far you’ve come. Why? Because taking stock of what you have achieved so far can spur you on to even greater things in the future.

Aside from congratulating yourself for having the sense to take advice and work to a plan, pausing for a look at where you’ve come from also provides an opportunity to review your current circumstances. Even the best of plans need some tweaking to make sure they are optimised for the next few years.

Don’t have a financial plan? In that case it’s well worth looking at what you may have missed out on, and making a decision to do something about it.

Has compounding been working for you?

Much of our future financial security relies on regular savings coupled with the power of compound interest. For example, if you’d set up a savings plan five years ago with an initial deposit of $10,000 plus weekly contributions of just $100, and assuming an after-tax return of 6% per year, by now you will have earned $7,797 in interest.

Underwhelmed? If you’d had that same savings plan running for 20 years, the interest earned is a more impressive $120,056, more than doubling the amount of money you invested. Keep going and the interest component will continue to accelerate.

Maybe you’ve done better than that, upping your savings as your income has increased. But if instead you’re thinking about what might have been, remember that the sooner you start the sooner you’ll reap the rewards.

Are you protected?

A financial plan is about more than savings. Protecting what you have is critical to your family’s security. Over the years have you enjoyed the peace of mind of knowing that your loved ones would have been financially stable if you had died or been unable to work? Now may be the time to review personal life insurances. As children become independent and savings grow, you may find yourself paying for cover you don’t really need. But if your family is growing or you have taken on more debt, maybe your life insurance needs a boost.

Where to from here?

So how do you feel as you look back at the past five, ten or twenty years? Can you give yourself a pat on the back, or do you feel like giving yourself a kick in the pants? Are you glad you took advice, or regretting that you didn’t?

Whether it’s time for a review and a tweak or laying the foundation stones of a brand new plan, your licensed financial adviser is ideally placed to help you make the most of the coming years and decades.

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.

 

Disclaimer
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances.

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Design your own super adventure

All / 16.06.20170 comments

A popular series of books originally published over a twenty-year period was the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ series. As the name suggested, the reader could actually decide what the characters did at key moments in the story. They could choose (to a certain extent) how the adventure played out and how the story ended.

Many people treat their superannuation like the traditional story book, believing that their employer pays the contributions and someone else looks after the investments, and that’s how the story goes until the end of their working life.

But the reality is that superannuation funds allow members a level of choice in relation to how the money is invested, which means it can be up to you to create what your retirement adventure might look like.

What’s available?

The first step is to find out what investment options your super fund provides. There may be a couple of options, or there may be many. It all depends on the type of fund you are currently in or are looking to join. Once you know what’s available, you can match it to your personal requirements.

The fund’s investment menu should show you where your money would be invested based on your selection. Typical characteristics of investment choices within super funds are:

  • Growth – aims for higher growth but accompanied by higher risk;
  • Balanced – aims for reasonable returns and more acceptable risk;
  • Conservative – focuses on lower risk which usually means lower returns;
  • Cash – aims to guarantee your capital but with little or no growth.

If you don’t choose a super fund, your employer must pay your super into a fund that offers “MySuper” – a default fund that provides only two investment options which depend solely on your age. From 1 July 2017, MySuper will replace the existing default accounts offered by super funds. A default option may be a good strategy, but it is still best to compare it to others on offer rather than accepting it blindly.

What is your style?

There is also no single answer to determining which superannuation options are the best to invest in; there is no “one size fits all”.

Obviously from time to time shares will perform the best, while at other times it will be more beneficial to have a higher investment in cash or fixed interest. In reality, for most people the right allocation will be somewhere in between.

What’s right for you will depend on your age and timeframe; your attitude to fluctuations; and the level of certainty you need to fund your own retirement.

If you are close to retiring, think about how soon you want to access your super. On the other hand, if you won’t retire for 20 or more years and short-term share market fluctuations don’t bother you, then this will impact on your choice.

When it comes to your journey before and after retirement, don’t be afraid to choose your own adventure!

Contact us now to help you enjoy it.
For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.

 

Disclaimer
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances.

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Are you ready for June 30?

All / 09.06.20170 comments

When it comes to getting the most (money) from your annual tax return, there is always a lot to think about, so we’ve provided a short checklist of options that could open the door to some opportunities. The key here is to plan ahead.

Tax deductions—lower your liability

  • Pay now for some of next year’s expenses

If you have some spare cash available, paying for certain expenses early could mean you also get your tax break back from the ATO earlier. Expenses that are met in July could leave you waiting more than 12 months for the return. A popular expense in this category is interest on an investment loan, but be careful because not all expenses qualify you for a tax deduction in advance.

  • Cash back for some of your insurance premiums

Except for income protection, most life insurance premiums are not tax deductible at a personal level. But holding your death or permanent disability cover through a superannuation fund can achieve a similar outcome. This is an important consideration when setting up a new policy. Or in some cases you may be able to replace an existing policy with one inside superannuation, which is particularly helpful when cash flow is tight.

 

 

Super contributions—don’t waste the limits

June 30 is not just about deductions for expenses. It’s also a good time to consider the superannuation contribution limits that may be wasted if you don’t act soon, particularly as both concessional and non-concessional limits reduce significantly from 1 July 2017.

  • Salary sacrifice or concessional contributions

The annual limit for these types of tax-deductible contributions in 2016/17 is $30,000 for those aged under 49; and $35,000 per year for people 49 and over. From 1 July a cap of $25,000 per annum applies, regardless of age.

If you’re an employee, this limit covers both employer super guarantee and salary sacrifice contributions. Do you need to review and adjust your current arrangements?

  • After-tax contributions

Anyone under 65 (whether working or retired) can contribute $180,000 each year to super as non-concessional contributions. You can also contribute $540,000 in a single year by bringing forward the limit for the following two years. From 1 July the annual cap reduces to $100,000 or $300,000 over three years.

These are just a few ways to manage how your money is taxed. Depending on your circumstances, other options may be available. Your licensed financial adviser can work with you to help you achieve what is best for you this financial year. But please don’t leave it too late.

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.

 

Disclaimer

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances.

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