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The facts about the coronavirus seem to resemble a peak of a panic iceberg with invisible depths making real holes in global economies.

What can we do as financial advisers?

What we are paid to do.


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‘Safe harbour’ (2) The provider satisfies the duty in subsection (1), if the provider proves that the provider has done each of the following:

                    (a) identified the objectives, financial situation and needs of the client that were disclosed to the provider by the client through instructions;

                    (b) identified:

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How to lose your aged pension?

A month ago I received a call from a gentleman, aged 89,who had just lost his wife and in fact was sadly awaiting her ashes when we spoke.

His initial request was do I have better income than what he was earning in the bank?

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Yes, I replied

 So it was

 1. an ‘almost’** on call accounts paying better than current bank rates and suitable for shorter term family goals.

Eg This cash-style investment has consistently delivered monthly returns in a low-yield environment, recently paying investors in *****  received a net rate of return equivalent to 4.09%p.a*for January 2020

e.g.  Investors with units in the *****received a net rate of return equivalent to 7.02% p.a*for January 2020.

there are other options as well.

It was always going to be very general advice as I don't know the full facts & figures to do so otherwise & properly.

Anyway in a call this week he is now receiving NO aged pension from Centrelink.


  Many reasons

It won’t be under the income test because bank interest rates are so low.

So from Centrelink

Part pensions

From 20 September 2019, part pensions cancel when your assets are more the limit for your situation.

Your situation          Homeowner             Non-homeowner

Single                       $574,500                  $785,000

Yep he is now single & needs some planning & he is still waiting for the Redeemable Accommodation Deposit RAD from the aged care as probate is in the high court taking its 6 weeks.

Then will he need care later & have to move into aged care??

All a huge challenge at 89.

Fortunately he has 4 boys & 12 grandchildren to help but what are their skill-sets?

And his personal story from during and later escaping WW2 to Australia  shows he has the strength.

Yes it is a jigsaw the Aged Pension & then the Aged care system where navigating through needs a guide and a Plan.

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John McAuliffe

subject to all the disclaimers that everyone needs to be advised on.

John Michael McAuliffe AFA, DipFp., BSc., DipTeach.

John is a Premier Wealth Coach & Financial Strategist. John McAuliffe Authorised Representative No.238629 of The Financial Link Group Pty Ltd

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