Whether you are a saver or investor could make a major difference to your lifestyle in the long run. To determine if you are a saver or investor let’s look at the characteristics of the two categories.
Some of us like to sail smoothly, and so we save our hard-earned money by putting it in instruments that are risk-free or just save in cash. Whereas, some are ambitious with their money, so they want to invest it in the hope of making more wealth. Which one are you ‐ the former or the latter?
What does a saver look like?
Why be a saver?
As you can see from the above, there are a range of reasons we save. Sometimes it’s to accumulate cash towards a bigger purchase (like a holiday). That’s often a sensible alternative to credit card borrowing.
Sometimes it’s for security. Financial experts suggest having a rainy-day fund equivalent to around six months of your salary.2 Coincidentally, that’s the time it can take to find a new job. Given the current unemployment rate, there’s a lot of smart savers who’ll be glad they put money away for the day when the COVID-19 virus rained down on our heads.
So, what does an investor look like?
Good news – you’re already an investor
As you can see, saving is important for security and to start you towards being an investor.
Investing – putting money into potentially higher-returning, long-term investment products – is what could eventually enable you to replace your work income with investment income.
The good news is you’re already doing it. Almost all working Australians are investors thanks to compulsory super. For more information contact your Financial Adviser. A recent paper from the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) points out that as a country we invest over $70 billion dollars in super each year,3 and that with balances at around $200,000 per family,4 superannuation is easily the average family's second biggest financial asset (after the home).5
Therefore, you’re already an investor, which is good news and a great start. But remember that our retirement system is made up of three components – super, investments outside super, and the means tested age pension for those who don’t have enough in super and outside super.
If you’d like to explore the investment options within your super, or explore other options, like shares and managed funds outside super, please get in contact with our office.
Source: MLC Asset Management
1 Interest rates to stay low but unlikely to go ‘negative’, Philip Lowe, Governor, RBA. By business reporter Nassim Khadem, 26 November 2019. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-26/interest-rates-to-stay-low-but-unlikely-to-go-negative-says-rba/11739728. Accessed 14 August 2020.
2 How to protect your rainy-day fund when it rains a lot. If you have a rainy-day fund but it always seems to be raining, here’s how you can save for a more secure financial future. Tim Falk, 27 April 2020. https://www.finder.com.au/how-to-protect-your-rainy-day-fund when-it-rains-a-lot. Accessed 25 September 2020.
3 The benefits of Australia’s compulsory superannuation system. ASFA. June 2020. https://www.superannuation.asn.au/ArticleDocuments/359/2006-The-benefits-of-Australias-compulsory-superannuation-system.pdf.aspx?Embed=Y. Accessed 14 August 2020.
4 Media Release Average household wealth tops $1 million related to: Household Income and Wealth, Australia, 2017-18. Australian Bureau of Statistics, 12 July 2019. https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/economy/finance/household-income-and-wealth-australia/latest-release. Accessed 14 August 2020.
5 The benefits of Australia’s compulsory superannuation system. ASFA. June 2020. https://www.superannuation.asn.au/ArticleDocuments/359/2006-The-benefits-of-Australias-compulsory-superannuation-system.pdf.aspx?Embed=Y. Accessed 14 August 2020.