Podcast: How music can benefit you and your retirement

Retired teacher/musician Paul ‘Woody’ Woodward talks about how music can help your brain, your creativity and your stress levels. It can change how we think and move.

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Podcast: Conversations couples should have to prepare for retirement

Couple’s counsellor Paul Bogacs talks about the kind of things couples should talk about concerning their retirement. It ranges from dreaming out loud together to what you need to talk about and how to talk about it. The big message is couples need to talk.

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Podcast: What you need to know about self-managed super funds

More than 1 million Australians have a self-managed super fund (SMSF) as part of their financial preparation for retirement with, currently, almost 200 people a day starting an SMSF. 

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Lessons from the life of Spy X in retirement

We’re fortunate to meet many ‘retirees’ who have second careers, encore careers, run profitable hobbies, develop home-based businesses and/or volunteer.

Some of these we wrote about in our book, Retire Bizzi. From the ‘locum management’ man who looked after businesses (casual, part or full time) when the owners were busy (he became too busy, as his skills and experience were in demand) to Biddy Naylor who established ‘Valentine Travel: walking holidays in Europe especially for women’—there were many ‘retirees’ doing interesting activities.

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Podcast: 7 tips to consider when thinking of retiring to a holiday spot

That place you’ve regularly holidayed in may be just the place for your retirement. But you need to do your homework.

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Podcast: High income, high debt and financially out of control

High income sounds good, but too many also end up with high debt and discover their finances are out of control. Financial planner Anne Graham talks about how this can happen and has practical advice for anyone who wants to take control of their money.

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5 ways of handling retirement fear

Afraid of retirement? Really? What’s there to be afraid of? The answer to that depends mostly on how you tackle life. But, however you tackle life, retirement is a dramatic change. Even with the best preparation, it’s a step into the unknown.

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Happiness is best found in the company of others

When researchers study the top 10% of happy people, the single most important factor that emerges is that these very happy people have good social relationships.

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The wonderful world of wholegrains

You are no doubt aware they exist. You may have seen them on foodie blogs, Instagram feeds or on the menu at your local café. Wholegrains are an important food group essential to a healthy diet. Read on to find out why they are so wonderful and how you can eat more!

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