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31 ways to improve Retirement Planning Part 2

Today's video is the continuation of our last week's discussion about ways to improve your retirement planning. Keep in mind that all those 
steps you can use at any point in your life   if you want to put in place some kind of financial plan. If for whatever reason you missed my last week's video part 1   of 31 ways to improve your 
retirement planning, please watch it right now,  maybe even before you commence this video and 
then please return right here to continue Part 2. This will be so much more logical for you.   My name is Katherine Isbrandt from About Retirement,
I am Certified Financial Planner, and you are watching About Retirement TV
just about the only place   that will provide you with honest and open ideas 
how to be well prepared for your retirement or  if you have already retired, how to improve 
your retirement income, assets, and lifestyle.

So last week we discussed, 15 ways to improve 
our retirement planning and today I want to share another 16 ideas that I have come up with. Obviously, there would be tons and tons more,
depending how detailed we want to become but I think this is a very good start for the new year   which I hope you are planning to make it as
one of the best years ever. 16. Be very sceptical of any investing advertised as tax schemes This is how many investors lost a lot of money over the years   Australians are very tax-driven and this 
is how politicians win the elections, they know what and how to promise to their voters. This is how many heavily advertised investment schemes were introduced over the years, where the only party making any profits were product providers with most investors never even checking 
if such schemes were even approved by ASIC   and ATO for specific tax ruling Fortunately, now there are less of those
schemes happening but   that's due to strict regulations that we currently 
have in Australia and a very watchful eye of ASIC.   But often even legitimate schemes might 
not necessarily be of any value for you.   If the main goal of the scheme is to reduce 
your tax with actually not providing you   when any return, either in a form of income, or 
capital growth, bottom line, is you are losing money   So always do your due diligence before you 
invest any of your savings into any of those tax driven schemes.

17. Understand Australian Superannuation tax and legal system This is a very big task and lots of information
to learn not to mention how to find the details that are exactly
applicable to your situation but if you can achieve this, you will be on your
way to utilise every single benefit legally and financially available to you. This is exactly the reason why wealthy families rely on a good professional advice and superb service   18. Include the cost of assisting your 
aging parents and helping your adult children in your budget and in your planning, this is what we call sandwich family.

Have you heard of the naming sandwich family yet? That mostly applies to people aged 50 plus,
but could be of any age really. A sandwich family is the one that 
on one hand needs to care for the elderly parents   while on the other are still looking after 
their teenage children or children that are;  adults but refuse to leave home to start their 
own life and rely on your financial assistance. My recommendation here is to find the best solution 
of care for your parents, there are lots of options   and some may not cost you all that much, but can 
be very beneficial for you and for your parents.   As far as your kids are concerned, of course, if you 
are happy for them to stay with you, do that , but treat them like adults. If they work, and they should, unless they're studying but even then a part-time work experience is really recommended  they should contribute their share to family expenses, to your bills, food, you can decide on 
their contribution value.   You are a parent, you will always be there for them, I am a mother, I would give anything to my son if there was a problem, but as I said they need to learn their independent 
life and you need to look after your needs as well.   19.

Don't withdraw from your retirement 
plan unless you really have to. Every single dollar withdrawn from your retirement plan as an extra above what you really need, will reduce longevity of your savings It is not only the actual value withdrawn, but also loss of all future income and capital growth that those funds could have earned over the years. So just to put it into context, if today, at the age of 60 for example, you withdraw $20,000 to buy a better car, because the one that you have although is it 
is in a good condition, well it bored you a little bit  and you need a change you have just depleted 
your future interest earned on that withdrawal by  $60,775 based on 7% compound interest return
over the period of 20 years   So bottom line is that 
should you kept that $20,000 in your pension fund, at the age of 80 you would have had additional 
$80,775 in your retirement fund. This amount of money can go a very long way 20. Plan for your long-term care   We have not been talking in detail about any 
expenses that you should consider in your old age,   when you might require additional medical or 
even personal assistance.

Whether it is provided at the Aged Care facility or at your home 
you cannot disregard those costs. If you need any assistance in this area, either for your 
parent, or for your partner check out my website article Aged Care Planning with Ease, but I will be 
devoting more time and more videos to this subject. and if the matter is urgent please just contact me 
immediately. 21. Rebalancing portfolio   This one strategy can assist your portfolio performance more than you could ever expect Rebalancing portfolio at the right time to its original asset allocation setup in your investment plan can be very financially rewarding. So you should implement doing this annually or when the opportune time of
market condition is presenting itself.

22. Check the performance of your investments
or your super at least annually I have been talking about 
this extensively in many of my videos.  Don't make rush decisions based on one year performance of your investment or your super or your pension fund. Even if that one year was disappointing. But annual checks are essential and if underperformance continues over a couple of years   then reassess if this is the right fund for you. Having said that, make sure that your expectations are met with the type of the portfolio, taking into account the investment risk.   And what I mean by that is if 
your portfolio has a conservative asset allocation   don't expect returns of a balance or growth fund 
or returns of the overall share portfolio   This is unfair comparison and you will end up being 
always very disappointed, So make sure you compare apples
with apples and not with oranges for more information watch my video 11 steps to check your superannuation statement. 23. Check fees and charges included
in your investment or your super.  Government has been on the hand for super and 
pension funds that have been overcharging members for their accounts for couple of years now for now, this new legislation applies to MySuper products so what we call default funds but that will be extended to
more superannuation products in coming years.

Please watch my video "Fees you pay in super" to have full clarity as to what type of fees most superannuation funds charge. 24. Review charges and cover for insurance in or outside of superannuation.  I have not really been discussing 
insurance in any great length on this channel   as this has never been requested but also as we 
progress in life the need for insurance reduces   But if you still have insurance you really need to understand the cover provided as opposed to the cover required cost payable as opposed to your affordability. If you require insurance should it be within super or outside? There are many things that need to be taken into consideration before you apply or cancel your insurance, so if insurance is what you need feel free to reach out so we can review what you have and what you need 25.

Have a realistic expectation for your retirement. Well what can I say unfortunately we love to believe in miracles   Well for example I cannot save today but I will make it out next year or the year after, well that never happens. or my money will last me 
forever because my super fund is the best  and has always been provided the best returns.
Well, good luck with this one. Nobody can predict  the market so please start being realistic with your calculations, with your budget that you set up  with the amount of money that you spend and 
how much you actually will need in the future   Once the money is gone it is gone and your 
retirement might take a completely different turn   26. Always include inflation in 
your retirement calculator   When using any calculators, please ensure that CPI (Consumer Price Index) is included.

This will ensure that whatever financial outcome the calculator gives you will be subject to inflation meaning a real value of money in the future. 27. Age Pension is a bonus, not certainty, don't rely on it, but do what you can to get the most out of it. This is my work’s bread and butter, on daily basis, I try to find ways how I can improve my clients Age Pension  Why? Well not because I want our government to pay for your lifestyle,   but because I know very well that this is a guaranteed portion of your income once you are eligible. The more you receive from 
the government the less of your own money you have to spend, hence you are protected with your savings for longer. But Age Pension should be a bonus, don't sacrifice all your savings, all your assets, just to get it It is still better to own and control your 
$2mil portfolio with no Age Pension then to give the 2mil to your kids just to
get Age Pension of $25K. That is just a ridiculous exchange in my book.  28.

Utilise every single benefit you can 
that is available to you from the government   There are many ways how you can benefit from our 
government's policies.  strategies that can reduce your tax, boost your superannuation savings, and support you financially for longer.  Watch my video "Improve your super and reduce tax" as well as "End of Financial Year Zero Risk 50% Return" Easy strategies and yet, so many don't do it.   29. Understand the importance of Estate Planning this is another area that is a huge topic to discuss, I have only scratched the surface with couple of videos  but they're still worth watching.

"Wills, are they really necessary?" and
"Super Death Nomination gone terribly wrong".  The second video will tell you exactly why Estate 
Planning is so very important but obviously, it is  not limited to creating a Will or providing Death
Benefit nomination to your superannuation trustee   The more complicated your life has been, the more 
you should pay attention to estate planning and employ specialists to assist you, if you wish your 
assets to be distributed to right beneficiaries in the right way.

30. Do not forget about Aged Care costs
in your retirement planning   I have mentioned Age Care before. We tend to live longer and longer, medical progress keeps us alive for much longer than we might anticipate. But what if you run out of money? What if you need to use services of Age Care facility but you don't have any savings to pay 
for it. This is a big drama for many,   this is why I stress greatly to save aggressively before you retire and spend modestly once you no longer
have a job related income There are many ways to 
assist you in reducing ongoing Aged Care fees,   so if this is your problem, please contact me,
but the fact remains that you do need to include Aged Care expenses
in your planning as well.

31. Always, always work with professionals – accountant, lawyer, financial planner, mortgage broker. Google is just not enough This has always been my motto, I save where I can on things that don't matter or are all of less importance. But I never try to cut down on expenses on any professional service that I need. Good advice, service and support are blessing. Not only you will have things done correctly from 
day one, so no fixing, updating, explaining.   It will be done for your best benefit. There is no trial
and error situation. A good financial planner will  help you to improve your income, capital growth, avoid costly mistakes improve asset security, peace of mind, very often can help you to have access to government benefits that otherwise, you may not be able to access.

So always use the best professional that really has your best interest in heart. So voila! This is the list of
31 ways to improve your retirement planning   As I said before this list could be extended 
to many many more points but some of them I have already discussed in my previous videos, hence the links and others we will discuss in more details in the future.  If there is a topic that you believe is really important and somehow i missed it.

Please let me know in the comments below the video, I would really love to hear your opinion and ideas on that topic as well So please don't be shy and let's have an open conversation.  Many people watching this channel are very 
likely in a similar situation to yours   So by answering your question this might help 
another person as well If you enjoy this video, please like it, share it,
and subscribe to my channel. So you know when my next video is arriving If you want to find more information just jump on my website AboutRetirement.com.au where you can find all my video,  lots of articles all related to the issue of retirement, investing,
Age Pension, Aged Care and lots more And now as usual, please continue watching those informative videos   Fist recommendation is previously mentioned  "Improve your super and reduce tax" to know how to benefit from those government provided strategies for super.

The second recommendation are videos about estate planning: "Wills, are they really necessary?" and the answer of course is: yes but listen to the reasons why. I will be speaking with you in the next video, see you soon. .

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