Why you should consider consolidating your super

June 2, 2016 by Edge Financial Planning
Consolidating Super

Consolidating your super is the process of combining two or more superannuation accounts into the one single account. Doing so can not only save you money, but also streamline your investment management process. For a full list of benefits, read on!

Cost Savings

Despite your super balance, running multiple super accounts will mean that you pay multiple sets of fees. Consolidating your funds will reduce your fees to the one account, effectively setting aside more for your retirement.

Ease of management

Having one fund will reduce your paperwork (goodbye numerous statements in the mail) and administration tasks. Ensuring that you have more time to focus on the more important things in life.

Locate Lost Super

As part of your consolidation, the team at Edge FP can assist you in completing a lost super search. This will help you locate any funds that have been set aside for your retirement yet have not been allocated to your fund.

Gain better control over your investment strategy

With one fund, it is easier to manage your investment strategy and tailor it to suit your investment needs.

Avoid being under or over insured

Having multiple super funds can also mean you are paying too much for multiple insurance policies that you may or may not need. Consolidating your super under the one fund will make it easier to manage and achieve your insurance needs.

Before you consolidate your super, you need to be aware of the following:

– Exit or Withdrawal Fees may be applied to your existing funds.

– Check whether your employer can make contributions to your new fund.

– Changing your super fund will cancel any of the existing insurance you have in place. It is a good idea to keep this insurance in place until your new policy is in place to avoid any shortfalls.

– Different insurance companies offer a range of different features. If you are cancelling any insurance policies as part of your consolidation, it is important to make sure none of your required benefits are being lost.

– If you’re in a defined benefit fund, it is highly recommended that you source advice before leaving.

To find out more about your current fund you can check your annual statement and/or contact the super fund itself. Alternatively, we can help.

Wealth. Surety. Lifestyle.


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