What happens to the Age Pension when moving into residential care?

Residential aged care is needed when a senior can no longer be adequately cared for at home. As a general rule, this happens when a senior can’t safely walk around indoors alone and/or who can’t remember to go to the toilet.

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Affordability index checks options for retirement housing and mortgages

What are your housing options when you retire? Will you still have a mortgage? Is downsizing the answer? The current quarterly YourLifeChoices Retirement Affordability IndexTM will help you understand these kinds of issues.

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5 things to do if you’re forced into an early retirement

Almost a quarter of Australians are forced to retire. There are three main reasons: loss of work, and not being able to find another job; personal health issues; or becoming a personal carer—usually for a family member. So, if this is you, what can you do? Here are 5 strategies that will help you take charge of your situation.

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Downsizing your home and its impact on the age pension

Downsizing into an apartment or independent living unit is an attractive option for many retirees. And it may mean having cash to spend on travel and lifestyle. Or to escape monthly mortgage payments.

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Deciding when to retire: a financial decision or not?

When are you thinking of retiring? I assume that if you’re reading this there’s the thought that somewhere down the road, maybe soon, you will retire. But have you really thought through the when? What would have to happen before you could?

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One way to manage a mortgage in retirement

‘We’ve got a mortgage, it’s small, but we don’t know how to pay it out.’ That’s what a recently-retired client couple told me, and asked, ‘What can we do?’

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5 things I learned about retirement finances in 20 minutes

I Googled ‘finances retirement’ and went to ‘news’ to get the latest. Here are 5 things I learned in 20 minutes online that could be helpful as you look at your finances for retirement.

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Podcast: Thoughts about the future of retirement in Australia

Owen Weeks, a well-respected veteran of the retirement industry, prognosticates about the future of retirement. He’s been in the industry since the mid 1970s and has some interesting thoughts about the future. Check out the podcast.

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Bank lending rule changes bring challenges and safety

Over the past couple of years, Australian banks and financial institutions have been tightening lending rules. For better or for worse? You decide.

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Podcast: Changes in Australia’s retirement over the past 40 years

Here’s your chance to eavesdrop on a conversation with Owen Weeks, a well-respected veteran of the retirement industry talking about how retirement has changed over the years. He’s been in the industry since the mid 1970s. Check out the podcast.

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