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New Year’s resolution: getting your super in order

Thinking about your superannuation might be the last thing you feel like doing this holiday season, but you should take this opportunity to get it out of the way! Setting aside just one hour to organise your superannuation will pay off down the track, and it will stop that little voice that occasionally keeps you up worrying at night.

Here are a few things you can do to get on top of your superannuation:

1. Make sure your super fund has your TFN: If your super fund doesn’t have your TFN then your contributions will have an extra penalty tax applied

2. Check to see if you have any super with other funds from previous jobs: If you have super that is spread out between a few different accounts then it is probably being eaten away by fees. You should consolidate all of your super into a single account. Remember to do a little research into different funds and look for the lowest fees.

3. Start making additional concessional contributions: Concessional contributions are a great way to save on tax and start preparing for retirement. The earlier you start making concessional contributions the more you benefit from the miracl of compound interest.

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Understanding various kinds of super fees

February 16, 2018

No matter the kind of superfund you opt for, you will be subject to super fees. Understanding how these fees work and the difference they can make to your next egg is vital.

When it comes to superfund fees, there are two factors you need to get your head around; the kinds of fees you are being charged and the rate of fees you pay. Opting for a superfund based on these two factors can see you retire with hundreds of thousands more money.

You should be aware of the various types of fees you are being charged. If you would like to find out the fees you are being charged, you should do two things. Firstly, Google your fund’s product disclosure statement and scroll through to the fees section. You should see a list of different types of fees, with an explanation of what they are, how they are applied, and how often they will be incurred. Secondly, you should log in to your superfund account and take note of all the fees being charged to you. Investigate how closely these correspond and correlate with the product disclosure statement.

If you feel there are discrepancies, do not hesitate to contact your superfund or financial advisor and ask for clarification. It is worthwhile doing your research and comparing the fees you are being charged against other super funds and what they charge. Being complacent and not paying attention to your super is extremely irresponsible; the dividends you will receive later in life for being diligent now outweighs the burden of taking time to be informed today.

Some of the common super fees across the board include:

Another major factor contributing to how much you accumulate in your super account throughout your working life is the rate of fees you pay. Plain and simple, some funds offer much lower fees than other, creating a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars when it comes time to retire.

Generally, funds are categorised into three groups; low super fees, medium super fees and high super fees. Ultimately, you want to be in a fund that charges low super fees. In saying this, it’s not only about super fees, as some funds have medium-high super fees but also perform better based on investment strategy, meaning you will get more back from your investments.