After the Federal Government announced that it will allow eligible Australians early access to up to $20,000 of their super, many Australians are not sure how to go about this package especially if they are approaching retirement. I am equally confused about what to do.
Fortunately, AMP has covered this topic extensively as one of the tips to help preserve your retirement savings during COVID-19.
Investment markets globally are experiencing significant volatility as economies around the world try to navigate the unchartered waters of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
If you’re approaching retirement this volatility can be a source of anxiety, and it can be difficult to understand what a person can do to protect their nest egg.
thedirectors spoke to John Dani, private client adviser at AMP Advice, who offered five tips for pre-retirees to consider that may help preserve retirement savings during COVID-19.
If you’re looking at your super balance and seeing it fall in value, it’s human nature to want to protect what you have. But Mr Dani says it’s important consider riding out the storm, to allow for the opportunity to give your super a chance to rebound.
He says by switching to cash, you may be selling assets for less than they bought them, which may lock in your losses and compromise the ability of your super to recover when the market improves.
“From Black Monday in 1987 and the Recession in 1990, to the Global Financial Crisis in 2007, what history shows us is that investment markets do recover,” he adds.
“ While it is a very, very difficult time and people are naturally fearful, they need to find some courage and keep calm when it comes to their super.”
As part of its economic response to COVID-19, the Federal Government is allowing eligible Australians early access to up to $20,000 of their super. But Mr Dani says that pre-retirees should think very carefully before taking up this offer.
“ Not only would you be giving up the gains from a future market recovery, but you may be also giving up the compounding return on the withdrawal between now and when you eventually retire ”.
“For some people, though, the early access may be an important option; if they’ve lost their job or their business has suffered, they need to keep a roof over their heads and pay for other necessities.”
In the event that you’ve lost your job, had your hours cut, or your business is suffering, Mr Dani says you shouldn’t hesitate to take advantage of the regular JobKeeper or JobSeeker payments the government has made available.
“Many people in this age group may have never accessed government benefits, but you need to put aside your pride. You don’t need to queue up at the ‘dole’ office, it’s all done online and taking advantage of the government’s measures will help in these extraordinary times we are faced with.”
People should also consider what other measures are available to help supplement and ease any financial hardship or strain they may be experiencing. As mentioned above, the government has introduced some thoughtful options for people who have lost their jobs; many banks are providing hardship measures for those who have mortgages; and the residential and commercial tenants may also have some measures introduced.
These are all options people should be exploring and considering as well to help ease any hardship they may be experiencing.
Some pre-retirees may be faced with pressure to help out grown-up children – or other family members – financially if they’re struggling due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, but Mr Dani says any requests for help should be carefully considered.
“ We all love our kids and we all want to help them and ensure they aren’t going to be impacted by financial stress, but remember that they are also probably able to access government assistance during this time.”
Mr Dani says that if you do decide to help your family financially, you need to be really clear whether the money is a gift or a loan, and if it’s a loan it’s a good idea to put this, and any terms attached, in writing to avoid any miscommunication or conflict and ensure all expectations and boundaries have been established up front.
“If you have the courage and the risk appetite, and are in a financial position to do so, the market downturn may represent an opportunity to contribute some money into your super so you could benefit more when the markets recover,” Mr Dani says.
However, he urges anyone considering investing at this time, either in their super or in other financial products such as shares, to do so cautiously, invest within their means and not to borrow to invest.
“The big hint here for anyone wanting to invest is to do so gradually. Don’t try to pick the bottom of the market but adopt a strategy such as investing a set amount each week or fortnight to spread the risk of your entry into the market,” he says.
If you’re unsure, it’s always best to speak to a professional who can guide you based on your circumstances.
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Thanks to you Charles, we can be there when the worst happens to give people the emergency medical care they need – and rapid transport to hospital. Your support means that CareFlight can fly at a few minutes’ notice, to some of the most inhospitable places in this country. It means patients like Simon can be reached quickly with hospital-level emergency care at the scene – and in cases like Simon’s every minute counts.
On behalf of everyone at CareFlight, thank you for your generosity – and have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you so much
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Charles, right now, a lot of people in this country are saying, “Thank you.”Thank you for being there when they needed help most. Thank you for taking charge when their world was turning upside down. Thank you for giving them confidence, when they were afraid and needed life-saving help. As a CareFlight Support Crew Member, you are making such a difference for so many people. Your regular donations help save lives and keep families together. Patients like Thomas, who told us, “You made it possible for me to survive.”And Agnes, who said, “I’m very grateful a service like CareFlight exists.”Below are some more messages of thanks: Thanks from the patients you help. As we head into another year, we know there will be even more people who will call on our services. So, I’d like to add my heartfelt thanks to those of our patients, for your steadfast support. Together we are ensuring CareFlight is always there for people when they call for our help. Whether it’s intubating a patient at the scene of an accident, or ensuring a newborn is safe on a flight from a remote area to a major hospital for treatment, our patients cannot speak highly enough of the care they receive. Charles, that care is part of a chain that starts with people like you. These expressions of gratitude, from all over the country and from all walks of life, show you how much your support is valued – and how much it is needed, more than ever. We can’t do what we do without you.
If this year has taught us anything so far, it’s that none of us ever truly know what is around the corner.
That’s why I can’t thank you enough for your support that ensures we can continue to provide life-saving aeromedical care to Australians most in need.
Our CareFlight crews are in a unique position to understand what Australians have been going through. Every day, we care for people who have found their world shaken by a sudden accident or illness – coping with circumstances almost none expected to face when they woke up that morning.
People like Simon Bowman don’t like to rely on others for help. But one day, as he lay trapped inside his car after a terrible road accident, with suspected injuries to his spine and shoulder and a possible head trauma, Simon needed life-saving help desperately. CareFlight was there in a matter of minutes.
CareFlight’s rapid response helicopter service is so vital in situations like this. Our crew can be airborne in minutes and by the side of our patient, delivering hospital-level emergency care as fast as possible.
Simon doesn’t remember much about his accident, but he does recall the voices of the CareFlight crew as they worked urgently to treat his injuries. Simon told us: “I knew there was someone looking after me and that I was in good hands.”
Our mission is to deliver people the very best care. We’ve spearheaded international aeromedical innovations such as our stretcher bridge system and become the first civilian service to carry blood plasma to the scene of an accident.
The care, the state-of-the-art equipment, those voices which reassure patients that they are in the hands of skilled professionals they can trust – it’s all thanks to people like you.
Simon has recovered and recently visited our base to meet some of the crew. He has never forgotten the help he received from CareFlight, so meeting them again was an emotional experience.
Seeing the helicopter that transported him to hospital, he was amazed at its size. He confessed he’d never been that keen on helicopters, “but I was very keen that one was there that day.”
Your support for CareFlight is helping to save so many lives, like Simon’s.
Thank you so much.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CEO!! peacemaker, Shepherd, wise, intelligent, focused, hardworking, caring, loving, forgiving, Husband, Granddad and most importantly best Father Charles V. Kaluwasha. We’ve been truly blessed to have you as our mentor and protector. We thank God for keeping you alive and healthy. Today we celebrate your 60th, a blessed milestone! Next, we count down to your 100th BIRTHDAY. WE LOVE YOU and pray we have you as our father in the next life- @Kendy Kaluwasha
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My great sponsor, you inspired me a lot, you are really God sent, to make life better for me, I will not hide it from you, that I really have a little bit of financial contains, because all what I was saving for my travel I left 60%of the money to take care of my two children, to buy a bag of rice and different foods stuff. so here in Monrovia I don’t want to sit idle I just want to start some clothing business, so I am pleading what everything you help me with for the sake of God Almighty, God will surely triple it in return. Thanks sir and God bless you the great man one day you will be the richest man in Zambia, God bless you. I pray that the money will grow more than ten billion dollars. Amen sir, thank you sir, one day you will be a leader in Zambia, by the Grace of God, that my vision for you sir.
Thank you sir hope your work and business expand. Greatness is your portion on a daily basis. You inspire many to pursue their dream, so good to see you pave the way.
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Hello. How was the day?
Mine was fine, and I was reading the testimonies people are presenting about you.
You are great, and I want to learn from you.
I am really impressed with your work, experience and expertise. Continue helping us.
The book Launch speech
On 25 November, my co-authors and I had to present our speeches.
One week later, this is what people had to say…
Mwebantu…who has @Charles Kaluwasha speech at the book launch 😄
It was POWERFUL-Cranston
I tell you, that was captivating I don’t think people remembered to press record.
For the book am reading ba @Charles Kaluwasha story and while reading am imagining it being told just like the speech 😀. -Cranston
I hope someone captured it; maybe check the zoom recording as well.
He was on fire 🔥 🔥🔥🔥🔥
It was fun to listen to. –Cranston
Personally, I can confess…after technical difficulties and having to personally meet and speak to the VIPs I invited…it was VERY refreshing to sit in the audience and just take in what you had to say. It was so good 😄-Cranston
Yeah, he was on fire…I thought he was going to make a book launch altar call 😄. There was so much energy, and time was not our best ally; otherwise, we were going to spend a night there.- Paster Kennedy Phiri
The story is also good, so authentic and inspiring. If I was not yet abroad, that is the story I would like to read.
The speech made me want to read it first, despite being the last reading 📖.-Theresa D’Amaden