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Time to think ahead

If you’ve got nagging doubts that you could be saving more, then you’re not alone. Industry super fund-owned bank ME highlights five red flags that suggest it could be time to start squirreling away a little more, with tips to boost your savings. 1. You’re living payday to payday Who doesn’t love payday? But if […]

Did you receive this year’s Annual Member Statement and drop it, unopened, into a drawer? Well, go get it out and open it up, as now is the ideal time to check that your insurance cover matches your needs. Life insurance can provide cover for death, total and permanent disablement (TPD), and income protection in […]

A new independent body has been established to help consumers seek justice if they believe they have been treated unfairly by banks, insurers and other financial services providers. The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), a new “one-stop shop” for Australian consumers to resolve problems with various providers, launched on 1 November. The Government first proposed […]

Member AGM 2018

Members and employers heard about First Super’s strong 2017/18 performance at its AGM (annual general meeting) in Sydney on 31 October. This year’s event location, Parramatta, was chosen as it’s central to one of the heartlands of Fund members and industries in New South Wales. First Super CEO Bill Watson gave the main presentation of […]

First Super has just released its 2017/18 Annual Report. The publication marks 10 years since the Furniture Industry Retirement Superannuation Trust, the Pulp & Paper Workers’ Superannuation Fund and the Timber Industry Super Scheme merged in July 2008 to become First Super. Inside this year’s report, you’ll find highlights of the year, an overview of […]

First Super CEO Bill Watson gives a summary and his thoughts of the recent Financial Services Royal Commission hearings into superannuation funds. “The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has uncovered constant and ongoing misconduct and conduct falling below community standards and expectations over many years by retail superannuation […]

How good is tax time? In exchange for a few hours filling out your tax return, you could receive a handy windfall into your bank account. And with a bit of planning, you could make the ATO’s refund go a lot further. Receiving any lump sum of cash can make treating yourself tempting. But there’s […]

Are you keeping your super safe from scammers? The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning of a new type of rort around early release of super, which in many cases is illegal. The ATO says that con artists are promoting schemes that encourage people to access their super savings early to help them to buy […]