Redundancy – Where to Next?
The past few weeks has seen a large number of corporate failures and closures resulting in redundancies across a number of Australian industries. We have seen recently seen Forge Engineering and Mining Services go into administration as well as Ford and Holden announcing they will be leaving Australia by 2017, costing thousands of Australians their jobs.
That’s over 5,000 workers in Australia who already have or will lose their jobs in a short space of time. At Life Financial Planners we have extensive experience in working with outplacement organisations who specialise in employment termination. If you find yourself in this situation, let us help you plan for this transitionary period and avoid unnecessary anguish.
Here are a few websites as well that might be of help:
Retirement Planning – the Sooner the Better!
You are never too young to start retirement planning, as highlighted in this recent article from The Canberra Times. One potential way to boost your retirement savings is to start salary sacrificing or by making additional contributions from early into your career. As each generation lives longer than the previous it’s important to realise your super may need to last you thirty or more years. Something to think about!
Read the article here:
How to be Super at Every Age
Taking control of your superannuation can seem like a daunting and somewhat tedious task, especially if you are many years off retirement.
Taking the time now to make a few small changes to how you approach your super can make all the difference later in life.
The earlier you look at your options, such as putting a little extra aside each month or choosing the right investments, the better your long term prospects are. This article from Marie Clare (October 2013 edition) gives a few great tips to get you started:
How to be Super at Every Age
Seeking help from a financial adviser early on can really make the task a lot less taxing. We can monitor and review your super and find the most suitable options for you, depending on your stage in life.
Call us now for your free financial health check to get the ball rolling!
Buying Time – The Importance of Trauma Insurance
Almost everyone in Australia is affected by cancer at some point in their lives. While the physical and emotional side effects are well known, the financial side effects are often the elephant in the room.
The recent Four Corners story ‘Buying Time’ documents the escalating costs of fighting cancer and how treatment options can be severely limited by finances:
It can be frightening to think that the treatments available to you can be determined by what you can afford. As drug trials and new treatments become available, it can take many years for the government to provide financial relief for the cost of these products. Unfortunately for many sufferers time is not on their side.
Adequate Trauma insurance can provide peace of mind that you could at least ease your financial burden should you fall ill, allowing you to focus on regaining your health.
If you would like to discuss your insurance needs, please call us to arrange your free consultation.
13th September 2013
Robyn and I felt it most appropriate that we write to you following my recent retirement and our need to apply for the Australian Pension.
We feel that our gratitude for all the hard work and expertise shown by you and your staff deserved recognition in the form of a written testimonial.
It was in October of 2007 when I was informed that my services to the company I had worked for for the last twenty seven years no longer required my services and I was offered a retrenchment. At fifty nine it was hoped that I would at least be able to remain with them until my retirement age and like all people who find themselves in this situation I experienced the horrid thought of being unemployed for the first time in my life and unable to find work. Fortunately I had a good reputation in my chosen industry and when the news got out I was approached by a number of companies and was employed immediately after retrenchment.
The scary thought that I would never have enough superannuation combined with my retrenchment payout to retire at age sixty five, but there was a young lady who worked for the company in the finance department that recommended this company called Life Financial Planners.
Well the rest is history. With the help and advice from Marijana and her excellent staff we have been able to build up a nice little nest egg that will see us through our days and afford us the ability to live a good life with holidays and the ability to spoil ourselves a little if we wish. Even with the affect of the GFC which was a major step backwards Life Financial planners steered us though the storm.
A recent health scare made me wake up to the fact that there are more important things in life that you need to enjoy so at sixty five I retired, but had the awful thought of applying for the Australian Pension for my wife and myself and the mountain of paperwork, laws and regulations to negotiate, but never fear, Marijana and her staff took the burden off of us and made the journey easy and all went like clockwork. They are our little hero’s.
With the casual and relaxed atmosphere you experience at Life Financial planners when having meetings with Marijana and her staff we feel they are almost part of the family.
We would not hesitate in recommending Life Financial Planners to anyone planning their finances and suggest that the sooner you do it the better.
Fred and Robyn, Mindarie