Australians are not seeking professional advice and as a result are “undervaluing” the cost of retirement, a report by Challenger and lobby group National Seniors Australia has found.
“These findings are particularly alarming when you consider that the access to the age pension is only going to get tougher,” Challenger chairman, retirement income, Jeremy Cooper said.
“This new survey shows that the ‘world-class’ super system of which we boast is only half-baked when it comes to retirement,” he added.
The report indicated that only 0.3 per cent of all participants said their chief information source on life expectancy was a financial adviser.
“This survey highlights the importance of sound financial advice to many people’s wellbeing in retirement,” Mr Cooper said.
However, speaking to ifa, SPAA director, technical and professional standards, Graeme Colley said that while SPAA welcomes the findings of the report, it may be a different story for SMSF trustees.
“Self-funded retirees are definitely better off. I mean they have much more money in their superannuation," Mr Colley said. "We think they are better positioned than most people that have other retirement savings."
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