Over 94% of Australians will have a miserable retirement!
Written on the 5 September 2011 by James Cagney
Over 94% of Australians will have a miserable retirement!
Most people have no idea how much money they are going to need in retirement. The government-legislated 9% employer contribution into Superannuation and the gradual increases to 12% and 15% over the next few years, are hopelessly inadequate. Many countries in Europe have had similar schemes since the end of World War II in 1945. Some employers in these countries pay as much as 27% of the employees’ wages into their superannuation / pension funds. Even these people are running out of money in these countries, and their governments cannot cope with the number of old people they have to provide pensions and medical services to. The Australian government only introduced the compulsory Superannuation scheme in 1992, 47years later. If these European countries are struggling to finance the pensioners, how on earth is the Australian government going to cope with the ever-increasing number of baby boomers retiring over the next 15 years, that do not have enough Super to last more than 2 to 5 years? Last year the 1st of the official baby boomers retired - 198,000 of them born in 1945. About 95% will put their hand out for a government pension within the next 3 years as all the Superannuation they have will be gone. This figure will extend to around 300,000 people per year within the next 15 years - due to the bulk of the baby boomers being born in the the 1950's - before the introduction of the birth control pill when the birth rate then declined quite rapidly.
There will be over 3 million retirees and 2 million welfare recipients compared to approximately 12 million working Australians over the next 15 years. That means that we, the working Australians, will end up paying more income tax to pay for these pensioners - just for their minimum daily living requirements. The shock will be the huge cost medical costs to look after them as the mortality rate increases year after year. Multiply that by the increasing number of patients and the money budgeted by the government for medical costs, which is dismally inadequate. Most people retiring today will live into their late eighties and with medical advances, our children will live well into their late 90's and some well over 100 years . How will the future workforce pay for this?
The current pension of $350 per week, which is approximately 25% of the live-able wage in Australia today, falls way short for people to survive. Australians are doing it tough and will do it even tougher as inflation takes a bigger and bigger slice out of their Super, savings and pensions. Many people mistakenly think they will have enough money to retire because they will own a their home but do not realize that inflation halves the value of their money every 20 years, and unless these people want to have to sell the only valuable asset they have in order to pay bills, they are seriously mistaken. Another mistake more than 80% of Australians make is assuming that the mortgage they took out and eventually paid off was the biggest debt they would have in their life. The biggest debt they will ever incur, is in fact, is their retirement. They are going to have to plan to survive for 20 to 30 years after retirement. That is 20 to 30 years scrimping and scrapping for every dollar. What a future to look forward to.
Many Australians have the “She’ll be right mate” financial plan. Please do not rely on the government to support you in your retirement they don’t have the money! It will not be “right” mate. Some of my clients believe that they will just have to continue working until the day they die. Well that is not going to happen either. Over a third of retirees today had to retire because of health reasons – so you might not have the choice. You will have to retire and depend on the government for support. Good luck!
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