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Super tax break costs misrepresented: Mercer

The idea that superannuation tax concessions are costing the government more than the Age Pension is based on bad analysis, according to Mercer, which found that concessions will actually save taxpayers in the long run.

Lisa Uhlman | 31st Aug 2023 | More
Atchison on solving the retirement riddle

The issue of retirement income has arguably become far too politicised in recent years, with rational debate seemingly scarce. While the focus inevitably falls on the political football that is superannuation, the Age Pension doesn’t get the attention it deserves. The federal government’s retirement income review, released late last year, showed that the pension will…

James Dunn | 17th Feb 2021 | More
Advice regulation evolving before our eyes

It’s been a busy few years for the financial advice industry and its regulators, including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Yet if the past week is anything to go by, things are only likely to be get busier in 2021. November has seen a series of announcements, submissions and potentially wide-ranging changes to…

The Inside Adviser | 25th Nov 2020 | More
  • Governments hurt pensions adequacy

    Australia has slipped from third place in the world rankings for adequacy, sustainability and integrity of our super system to fourth place, being leap-frogged by new entrant Israel. The impact of COVID-19 has cost almost all systems, particularly those which allowed access to savings or relaxed contributions rules. The Mercer CFA Institute 12th annual global…

    Greg Bright | 19th Oct 2020 | More
    Restore tax in the super pension phase

    The government’s retirement income review is being told our current tax and benefit treatment of retirement incomes is a mess.

    Kevin Davis | 26th Feb 2020 | More
    We’re delaying major life events and our retirement income system hasn’t caught up

    Asked to conduct an independent review of Australia’s retirement income system, the panel appointed by treasurer Josh Frydenberg reported on Friday that it was all tied up with the family home.

    Rafal Chomik | 26th Nov 2019 | More
  • Getting the SG settings right

    Variations in personal circumstances show that a uniform rate of SG cannot be effective in targeting adequacy for all. However, we must choose a suitable rate – one that provides adequacy for most while not being excessively generous to too many.

    Michael Armitage | 11th Jun 2019 | More