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Engagement of loan applicants show differing intentions

By Grace Ormsby · October 31 2019
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Retirement

Engagement of loan applicants show differing intentions

By Grace Ormsby
October 31 2019
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Engagement of loan applicants

Engagement of loan applicants show differing intentions

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By Grace Ormsby · October 31 2019
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Engagement of loan applicants

The decision to take out a residential mortgage coincides with individuals taking a more active approach to managing superannuation, while investors applying for loans are more inclined to shift away from adding to their superannuation.

According to a report from the ASC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), Australia’s superannuation system is very much characterised by a lack of engagement.

“While default super funds, contribution rates and investment options may be suitable for many members, it is likely that lack of engagement means that members forego opportunities to maximise their post-retirement wellbeing,” the report said.

Super fund members who chose to take out a residential mortgage in 2014 – the year analysed by the study – were found to exhibit changes in their superannuation contribution behaviour both before and after the mortgage’s commencement.

More interestingly, the timing and size of such changes differed by mortgage type (whether owner-occupier or investment), employment status (employee or self-employed) and key demographics (such as gender, age and income).

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For people who became new owner-occupying mortgagees, the research discovered they were more likely to have increased their superannuation guarantee contributions 13 months before the mortgage start and maintain such contributions for the three years following the mortgage’s commencement.

On the other hand, new investment mortgagees were less likely than the average super fund member to make salary sacrifice contributions 15 months prior to commencing their mortgage and did not appear to restore such contributions after the fact.

Similarly, there was a decrease noted in the proportion of self-employed super fund members making personal contributions to their superannuation prior to taking out an investment mortgage. This was not restored following the mortgage’s commencement.

According to the research, investors appear to re-weight their portfolios towards real estate and away from superannuation, whereas owner-occupiers tend to build up superannuation after the real estate purchase.

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Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

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