Many retirees die with no money left in super

Many older Australians exhaust their super nest egg says ASFA

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EMPTY NEST EGG: Many older Australians have exhausted their super before they die.

EMPTY NEST EGG: Many older Australians have exhausted their super before they die.

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Most older Australians exhaust their superannuation in retirement and leave no superannuation when they pass away, according to new ASFA research.

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Most older Australians exhaust their superannuation in retirement and leave no superannuation when they pass away, according to new research.

Conducted by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia the research showed 80 per cent of people aged 60 and over who died in the period 2014 to 2018 had no super at all in the period of up to four years before their death.

Using Australian Tax Office, Australian Prudential Regulation Authoritydata and previously unpublished Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey results, the ASFA research also found 90 per cent of those 80 and older had no super in the four-year period before their death and only five per cent of that group had more than $110,000 in superannuation in the period of up to four years before their death

Even in the case of those who died aged 60 to 69, less than half had any super at all and men are more likely to have superannuation than women - for those who died in the period 2014 to 2018 only 15 per cent of females aged 60 plus at death had any superannuation compared to around 25 per cent of men.

"We don't have a systemic problem with retirees underspending or bequeathing their super - quite the opposite. The majority of Australian retirees run out of super well before the end of their lives," said ASFA chief exective Dr Martin Fahy.

"Sadly this new data indicates that 90 per cent of Australian retirees aged over 80 had no superannuation in their final years. The situation is much worse for women. 85 per cent of women who passed away, aged 60 and above, didn't have any super left at all.

"The main challenge for the Australian superannuation system is to deliver higher superannuation balances at retirement. The solution for ensuring adequacy of retirement incomes is moving the Superannuation Guarantee to 12 per cent."

According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Australia has one of the highest life expectancies in the world at 80.9 years for males and 85 years for females in 2017-19.

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