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Australians look to property and savings for their retirement nest egg

Published on 18/02/2015

Research by ING DIRECT has revealed that Australians don’t believe their superannuation (super) will provide adequately for their retirement, with the expectation that it will contribute a little more than one third (35.8%) of their retirement nest egg.

Australians are looking to options they are familiar and comfortable with, including savings, property and even inheritance money, to make up the remaining bulk of their retirement income.

Gen Y are particularly reliant on other sources of retirement income, expecting more than 20% of their nest egg to come from their savings, 13.2% to come from property investments and 7.1% from inheritance.

John Arnott, Executive Director of Customers, ING DIRECT said it was alarming to see such a reliance on things other than super: “Working Australians are contributing almost one tenth of their salary into super every year. That’s a significant investment over a working life and yet people still have limited belief in their super to support their retirement.”

“It all comes down to a fear of the unfamiliar. We don’t see or hear about our super every day, so we put our faith in what we know; things like property and savings.”

Mr Arnott added: “This is a wake-up call to Australians to familiarise themselves with their biggest investment. Start by simply checking your statement, logging into your super website or app, to understand your balance, fees and performance so you can take control and really make the most of your Super.”

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