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Are You Aware of the Upcoming Life Insurance Changes?

If there’s one important area we can be guilty of overlooking, even avoiding, more than our superannuation and that’s life insurance.  And when that life cover is included within your super it’s easy to naively assume both the payouts will be sufficient and premiums good value. With luck and judgement that might be the case but the costs of life cover are going up, we are all getting ... Read more
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July 1 Superannuation Changes That Could Cost You Dearly

Would you open and read a letter if it could save you or your loved ones in the event of a serious accident or worse? I like to think I’d bother, even if it came from my super fund, but most don’t agree as figures around a massive alert being sent out about changes to life insurance have shown. Australian Super sent out notifications to 220,000 members affected by the July 1 changes w... Read more
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Don't Blame the Baby Boomers for Getting on With Life

Just before the Budget, the authoritative but little-known Parliamentary Budget Office issued some illuminating and non-partisan research into the costs of our ageing population. And while these reports are manna from heaven for pundits, policy wonks and think tanks to put their own spin on there’s also plenty of food for thought for us lesser mortals i.e. those they are talking about. ... Read more
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Intergenerational Bunfight

Are you feeling guilt-tripped or “Boomer-blamed” by all the election chatter about soaking better-off oldies to appease a less well-off younger generation? For all the recent fuss about the identity politics on race, religion and sexuality, there’s a far more ancient battleground between the generations and it’s now more central thanks to the key election battlegrounds of retirement inco... Read more
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MIlford Track - Just Do It & See

By nature, I tend to avoid anywhere which attracts over-hyped superlatives such as:  the ‘biggest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere’ even ‘the best Italian in Carlton’ or worst ‘the best-kept secret in Bondi’. But prejudices usually do you a disservice, as I’ve just discovered after hiking a four-day traverse of Fiordland in the South Island of New Zealand often called the ‘finest... Read more
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PODAST: Can Baby Boomers Redefine Retirement?

Baby Boomers redefined so many aspects of life as we know it during the 60s and 70s, but can they redefine retirement? In the second edition of the FiftyUp Club’s new  podcast series, Christopher Zinn speaks to Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia CEO Martin Fahy. Fahy gives informative answers, with some strongly opposing the views of Grattan Institute CEO John Daley in p... Read more
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Why I Took Out Travel Insurance

Being on the FiftyUp Club Team, I get to see first hand how passionate members are and how the discounts and offers we give you help you in your day-to-day lives. So you’d think I’d know better than to travel without Travel Insurance, right? Well, now I do. This is my story on why I took up Travel Insurance for my NEXT holiday. Recently, I went to New Zealand for a quick holiday. I... Read more
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New Podcast Series: How much money do you REALLY need to retire?

When you read about a ‘magic number’ that you’ll need for a comfortable retirement, does it sound right to you? Is your number the same as your friend’s or neighbour’s, or should it be different? In this first edition of the FiftyUp Club’s new podcast series, we ask ‘How much money do you REALLY need to retire?’ Christopher Zinn speaks to Grattan Institute CEO John Daley, a critic of t... Read more
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How to Approach Aged Care

I was once asked to sum up Australia’s aged care system in 500 words and I failed. If you thought electricity, superannuation or NBN plans were complicated wait until you try and navigate this particular market. Aged care, whether we like it or not, at some stage becomes not just a choice but a necessity, and my take is to deal with it as you might any other consumer service and find out... Read more
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Am I Too Old for a Hostel

Recently I had an argument with my wife about staying in a youth hostel which prompted the thought --when’s the right time to admit you might be too old for such an establishment?  After a recent European trip where we stayed in a few Austrian and English hostels, with more lavish pubs in between, she objected to a night in a New Zealand hostel during a hiking holiday. Apart from the ... Read more
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