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The upside to downsizing together with a TTR pension

posted on 20.08.2017

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Rob Collins, Commercial agent, married, 3 daughters, 2 ½ grand children, REI Super member since joining the industry in 1992, now with his sights set firmly on retirement.

REI Super: Have you always been with the same employer and REI Super?

RC:   I’ve been with the same employer for many years. Over time there was encouragement to join other super funds but I’ve always elected to stay with REI Super. My experience with the fund has been very good and it was easy to stay. I did have other super which I have now rolled into my REI Super account.

REI Super: Was that something you did of your own accord or did you get advice?

RC:   My wife and I have taken advantage of financial advice our super provides over the years and this has put us in good stead. A few years ago we downsized the family home as part of our preparations for retirement. Still with lots of room for grandkids and family gatherings, just less land under management, no grass to mow and with a top up for our super.

REI Super: So does that mean retirement is getting closer?

RC:   Last year I had a bit of a milestone, turning 60. That was the catalyst to get advice again. As we had both reached our preservation ages the advice was to commence a TTR (Transition to Retirement) Pension, as a way of building more super and for flexibility of income.

We both work part time now, we’ve invested in a caravan and a new car and are looking forward to time away, with full time retirement not too far off.

We are doing a test run early next year, taking off in the van on extended long service leave. Who knows, if we really enjoy it we may just keep on going.’

 

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