Super changes put us off retiring

Mr Cooper said the federal government needed to begin explaining what an ”adequate retirement income” actually looked like. ”The Financial System Inquiry has generated a lot of discussion about the need to ensure Australians have adequate retirement income, but for the conversation to be constructive there needs to be a much sharper focus on what that means,” said Mr Cooper, who is now chairman of retirement incomes at Challenger Financial Services. ”The industry and the public are expected to save and plan adequately for a self-funded retirement without answers to key questions around what are the minimum safety net provisions the country will provide,” he said.

Dimensional head of international portfolio management Graham Lennon changes to the rules governing superannuation needed to give people enough time to adjust any existing plans they had in place for their savings. ”It is very difficult to deliver people investment advice for their retirement when in all likelihood the relevant government policies will change.

John Brogden, chief executive of the FSC, and the head of ISA, David Whiteley, said at the National Press Club on Wednesday that surveys are telling them people approaching retirement age are becoming ”increasingly nervous” about the future shape of the super system, and that constant changes to the system are doing ”nobody any favours”.

That is despite a pre-election commitment by the former Labor government and the Coalition government not to make any new changes to super for at least three years. ”We’ve got an intergenerational report, it comes out every five or so years, that should set the policy changes for superannuation and that is left alone for five years, warts and all,” Mr Brogden said. ”There will always be something that could be improved, but people need confidence [that for] at least five years the policy direction won’t change.

He called on Financial System Inquiry chair David Murray to push the federal government for more transparency about its plans for policy areas - such as pensions, taxation and health - that will affect the level and type of retirement savings individuals need.

Read more here: SMH


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