Archive for the Retirement Category

Australian Start of The Tax Year Seminar

AAM ATO September Seminar

Now that the Election is behind us, what does the ATO have in store for you? With the Federal Election following hot on the heels of the 2019 Budget we now turn our attention to the policies of the reinvigorated Coalition Government. In previous years we have seen a raft of measures which have impacted on the financial wellbeing of Australian Expats and amongst the latest, one which could remove your Insurances from your Super without your knowledge.

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Brexit, Politics and Pensions

AAM Advisory Brexit, Politics and Pensions

We can say many things about the ongoing saga of Brexit but certainly not that it is plain sailing – short of wars and the oil shock of the 1970s, I can’t remember many times less plain sailing than now. In the three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union on 23rd June 2016 we have seen increased political division and rising uncertainty over both the likely outcome of Brexit and the future party of Government of the UK

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10 UK State Pension Mistakes people Make

AAM 10 Pension Mistakes

Despite the arrival of a new state pension, we still have the old one running alongside it, and the added complexity this brings.
For many people, the state pension is the bedrock on which private pension provision is built. How to qualify, how much it will be and at what age you can expect to get it are all factors that must be considered.

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What will the 2019 Australian Budget mean for you?

With the date for the 2019 Budget having been confirmed as April 2nd, attention is turning to what the Treasurer may have in store for us in this pre-election budget. In previous years we have seen a raft of measures which have impacted on the financial wellbeing of Australian Expats. Ian Black – AAM Head of Financial Planning and Wealth Solutions – will discuss the changes introduced in the Budget, how these will impact you and what you can do about them and the key Labor proposals likely to come in if they win the election in May.

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Act now to Maximise your UK State Pension

AAM "Act now to Maximise your UK State Pension
If you have gaps in your national insurance contributions, you can pay voluntary contributions to maximise your State Pension entitlement. You may be able to pay Class 2 contributions which are around 80% less expensive than Class 3 contributions, if you meet the following requirements: You have [...]Read more

Can You Have The Retirement You Want?

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Given that retirement income will be needed for 20, 25 or even 30 years after you stop working, it is a pretty important issue.Say you want to retire on £20,000 a year (not a fortune) at 65, the best annuity rate at the moment in the UK is just over 4.9%, which means you would need a pot of £408,163 to afford this.

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Having multiple Super Accounts and “zombie insurance” costs Australians billions!

Having multiple Super Accounts and “zombie insurance” costs Australians billions! At AAM, we find it depressing to know that one third of Australians have unintended multiple super accounts — costing $2.6b annually in fees**. An Audit of your Supers can show if it can be consolidated and [...]Read more

Would you like Something for Nothing?

AAM UK Pension Audit
Would you like Something for Nothing? If you don’t have your Optimum Pension, your retirement security may be at risk. Would you like us to help to check this – with no charge or obligation? It’s possible you paid a high price for your pension, you’re paying [...]Read more

Another Year, Another UK Budget

Back in November 2016, the then relatively new Chancellor announced an end to Spring Budgets after the one due in March 2017. A new cycle is now in place, with March 2018 having seen Mr. Hammond present a relatively brief Spring Statement. Whereas his predecessors had often turned the Autumn Statement into a second unofficial Budget, Mr. Hammond is aiming for major tax changes to be announced only once every 12 months, well ahead of the start of the tax year.

It is rumoured that the next Budget could come as early as October.

So, what can we expect…?

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Should you Transfer your Final Salary Pension?

Sometimes referred to as a Defined Benefit (or DB) pension, with final salary pensions your former employer will pay you a guaranteed fixed income from the day you retire until the day you die. If your spouse survives you, they will receive a reduced pension for life.

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