WHERE they were at – Both Garry and Ingrid had worked hard – Ingrid some part-time work over the years, and Garry the last few years in partnership in financial services. Garry was ready to settle down now, because he and his business partner had finally secured a buyer for their company after an earlier sale fell through the previous year. Gary and Ingrid were ready to spend more time with their granddaughter, and help their only daughter and son-in-law out. They had sold an investment property but wanted to know how to invest without the hassle of a tenant. Our advisor, Jim Brownlee, went through a fact-find to understand their financial situation better. Since they were keen to have a better return, and wanted to learn more about investing, Jim explained how self-managed super worked and what was involved. He emphasised the compliance responsibilities, but that most would be managed for them by the SuperBenefit service, so they didn’t need to worry.
What they WANTED to have – Both Garry and Ingrid wanted to be fully secure with a steady income. Their assets meant they would not qualify for Centrelink Pensions, and that was OK, they preferred to be self-funded. They didn’t plan on any big trips, just a possible local holiday occasionally. Their own house was paid off, so not a problem.
What it will COST – The planner estimated in today’s dollars they needed $55-60,000 per annum to live on. They lived comfortably currently but not extravagantly and they allowed for a nice dinner out each week of $50-60 max. This also would allow them to have an annual holiday, requiring about $3-5,000 for a local trip and maybe $10,000 for one overseas trip. They would continue to run the 2 cars, estimated at annual running costs of $4-5,000 each per year, as they expected running around with grandchildren in time would keep them busy!
What they would NEED – Having worked in another financial services area, Garry already knew of the tax advantages within super, as well as the tax-free income stream/SMSF pension of the fund once they were in pension phase. Jim ran some figures and explained to the couple – if a conservative return of 5% is used, (one 20th of 100%) this meant it converted to needing at least 20 times the comfortable income aimed-for – from $1,100,000 to $1,200,000. Once the sale of the business was complete, they could contribute the maximum Non-Concessional contributions each as members of their SMSF before the work test applied and they could reach that amount.
What to do NOW – I came and met Garry and Ingrid and explained the administration and compliance requirements relating to SMSF. I explained how SMSF was set up and what we would do – obtain the Trust Deed, AND, TFN and bank account set up ready for them to sign as owners and members. They also liked that we would support them with any questions, and that other investment ideas could be discussed with their auditor – but they knew that was unlikely! They just wanted a simple but reasonable return. Another part of the service they liked was to be able to talk direct with the Share Broker that we had many clients using, although they were not bound in any way to only use him. They would have their insurance reviewed by a specialist insurance planner, and most of all, liked that SuperBenefit provided monthly workshops so they could continue to learn, as well as seek any answers they needed such as other investment issues, and that 10 hours of mentoring and education was included at a time that suited them!
They now had the components in place –
Strategy – to take control and their pool super, and contribute extra, and learn more when they had time
Structure – to set up an SMSF together
Support – with resources and all compliance taken care of by SuperBenefit, and other professionals, they could learn more about investment in property & shares as time allowed later. They now felt in control and it felt very manageable to them. They could see a well-planned future and had a team to support them.
Note – This is a simplified summary of one client – we recommend asking for a FREE consultation and/or seeking further professional advice with our or your advisor.
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