Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Dude, Where’s My Superannuation?

I made the mistake of checking my Superannuation fund yesterday while I was thinking money.

Could I have picked a worse day to check it than the day $100 billion was wiped off the Australian Stock Exchange?

It made a big dent in my super balance, a touch over 11% gone as I've invested my fund almost entirely in Australian Equities. Oh well.

I’m not touching anything for now, I've still got 26 years until I retire (assuming retirement is at 65 for me) so I’ll just sit tight for now and ride out the storm. Plus start learning more about how best to manage my retirement funds and diversify once I have a clue what I'm doing.

I was speaking to a friend in London last night about all this and he was telling me he’s got over 4 times as much as I do and he’s only a year older (he's just moved there). Granted he earns substantially more than me and has done for years, but the key difference is he’s been contributing at least 11% since the superannuation guarantee kicked in 1992. A smart cookie that one.

I won’t be selling the shares I found yesterday any time soon either. If I was in a better position financially I’d actually be buying more to be honest! :-)

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3 comments:

  1. I'm not even going to look at my investments until January 31st when I do my monthly wrap up.

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  2. @savingdiva: Unfortunately my super balance was exactly the same on the 31st. :-(

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