Your superannuation is an extremely important investment because it is likely to be your main source of income in retirement. Also, it is the most tax-effective way to save for retirement so it pays to look after it.
Would you like to enjoy your retirement without worrying about money? Of course you would but unfortunately most people have a huge shortfall in their retirement savings.
In 2015/16 the average Australian's superannuation balance at retirement was just $270,710 for men and $157,050 for women1 - not much considering a comfortable retirement can cost $44,011pa for a single person and $60,457pa for a couple2.
Your employer’s compulsory 9.5% superannuation guarantee contributions are unlikely to give you a comfortable retirement. But if you start contributing more to your super now you can make more of your retirement later.
Super Tax Advantages
Superannuation is the most tax effective way to save for your future. Your contributions are taxed at up to 15% which is much lower than most peoples' marginal tax rates.
How a financial planner can help you
- choose an appropriate super fund with the features you need
- select the appropriate investment mix depending on your risk profile and investment timeframe
- boost your super by making the most of the contributions limits, tax-benefits and government incentives
- transition your super to a pension once you retire.