We all have plans for the future but sometimes life can present us with some unexpected challenges. Life insurance can help ensure you are financially secure when the worst occurs. Would your family be financially secure if you passed away, or are unable to work due to illness or injury?
Life insurance or personal insurance can help cover outstanding debts, rent and mortgage payments. Pay for the cost of rehabilitation after serious illness or injury; aid with ongoing cost of living. Secure your family’s financial future.
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Life Insurance – pays a cash lump sum to your beneficiaries in the event of your death. It’s comforting to know that people who depend on you will be financially assisted and your assets protected.
Total and Permanent Disability Insurance (TPD) – pays a cash lump sum if you’re no longer able to work due to total and permanent disablement. The additional money could be used to repay loans, help meet day to day living expenses, fund medical expenses, meet rehabilitation costs and pay for any modifications required to your home.
Income Protection – pays an ongoing monthly benefit of up to 75% of your pre-disability income if you are unable to work as a result of sickness or injury. The benefit will continue to be paid for a specified period whilst you remain totally or partially disabled and premiums are generally tax deductible.
Trauma Insurance – pays a lump sum in the event you suffer from certain specified medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, cancer etc.
Superannuation is a type of long term investment designed specifically to help you accumulate the savings you need to live the life you want in retirement. Money is put aside by your employer over your working life to live on when you retire from work.
The main idea behind superannuation is to help you build a nest egg which you then use to create an income in retirement (or semi-retirement). You might think of super as just a percentage of your salary that you can’t access. But it’s important to remember – it’s your money, it’s just being held for you until you retire. Including it as part of your financial plans can be important for several reasons:
For most people, saving through super can be much more tax effective than saving the same amount outside super. Firstly, any contributions your employer makes (up to a certain limit) and any returns on your super are taxed at a maximum of 15%, rather than your marginal tax rate which could be as high as 45%.
SMSFs make up a significant part of Australia’s superannuation pool with an increasing number being used to provide income streams in retirement. SMSFs are run by you, for you and other members, with the sole purpose of building retirement savings. They provide control, flexibility, choice and diversity around your retirement nest egg. An SMSF can be used to invest in property, shares, cash or any other assets that suit your financial objectives and will return most types of pensions. Importantly, they are highly tax effective, particularly in the pension phase. Almost 1.1 million Australians have invested more than $575 billion into self-managed super funds (SMSFs)1to take control of their retirement. They have chosen to manage their super today in order to make their own decisions and optimise the choices they will have in retirement.
Control- SMSF provides maximum control over your superannuation assets, allowing you the flexibility to decide how your funds are invested. Investment Choice- A SMSF can be structured to meet the specific investment needs of members who can exert greater control over investment strategies. The fund can invest in a wide range of investments including property, shares, cash or any other assets that suits the investment objectives of the fund.
Purchasing Power – The establishment of a SMSF allows up to 4 people to put their super savings to buy costly assets such as direct property that may otherwise be beyond their reach. Many people like the idea of setting up a SMSF to buy an investment property.
1. You like property as an investment – Australians love property investments, particularly residential property. Property has a place in a well-diversified portfolio and can offer good income and capital growth over the long term. Property is also attractive to people who like to be able to see and touch their investment and get involved in the management.
2. Reduced or no Capital Gains Tax when you sell – Provided you keep your property investment in your SMSF until you are over 60 and retired, when you convert your SMSF into the pension phase, you will pay no Capital Gains Tax if you decide to sell.
3. Reduced or no income tax on rental income – You may also save tax on the rental income from the property. Provided you keep the property inside your SMSF, you will pay no tax on rental income in retirement and you will only pay 15% tax on the rental income while you are saving for retirement. That can be a big saving on your marginal tax rate.
4. You own your business premises – According to ATO statistics, around $62 billion or 12% of SMSF assets are invested in what they call “non-residential real property”, most commonly business owners who own their business premises through their SMSF. The great thing about this strategy is that you get rid of the tenants/landlord problems that plague commercial property and you may generate significant tax savings.
5. You want to leverage your super investment – If you decide to borrow money to buy your property inside super, you increase your exposure to the investment, thereby magnifying the gains (and the losses) from the investment.
We provide advice on a full range of investments including cash, fixed interest, property, and Australian and International shares/equities. Asset allocation and investment portfolios are tailored to each client’s investment objectives and risk profile. Once a client’s investment portfolio has been established, we provide ongoing regular reviews. These reviews contain a statement of the investment portfolio, our investments recommendations and market updates.