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Super Informed Radio episode #12: Would you rather talk about your weight or your money?

According to US research by the app Acorns, 68% of people would rather talk about their weight than their money. Why is that? And what can we do about it? We spoke with Claire Tacon, a financial counsellor with the National Debt Helpline, on the changes to societal attitudes about money and what makes people talk—or keep quiet—about it.

Recorded on Monday 12 February 2018
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Super Informed Radio episode #11: Why sustainable investing makes good financial sense

Why is responsible investing important? And what’s this thing called ‘environmental, social and governance’ (ESG)? This month, we speak with Talieh Williams and Sybil Dixon from our in-house investments team—doing a deep dive into the world of sustainability and investments, and learning how a super fund can also be a good corporate citizen.

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BONUS EPISODE: "So, can I use my super to buy my first home now?"

Well, kind of. Legislation for the government's first home and downsizer superannuation proposals were passed into law this week.

As soon as we heard the news, we jumped into the studio to ask UniSuper's Industry Policy Manager Benedict Davies—otherwise known as our resident political guru—to take us through the changes in more detail.

The finer points of how the two schemes work will become clearer in the coming weeks and months. Keep an eye out on our website for more info.

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Super Informed Radio episode #10: The ‘great’ budgeting gender divide

Marta was riled recently by research suggesting young women are confident with short-term budgeting, but struggle with longer-term finances. So we called two UniSuper members who conducted the research—Professor James Arvanitakis and research assistant Lauren Stanley from the University of Western Sydney—to dig deeper into their findings.

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Super Informed Radio episode #9: We need to talk about elder abuse

Elder abuse. It mightn’t be the easiest of topics, but we’re starting to hear more about it. To help us understand what it is, why it occurs and some tips to safeguard yourself against it, this month we speak to Briony Dow—Associate Professor of Ageing at the University of Melbourne and Director of the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI).

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Super Informed Radio episode #8: "Spending challenge accepted"

Things get real when we see how Marta and James went with their spending and saving challenge—who became more mindful about money? We also talk retirement adequacy—aka, how much you think you’ll need in retirement—and give you some things to consider when planning for the financial future you want.

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Super Informed Radio episode #7: The psychology of spending vs. saving

Do you consider yourself a spender or a saver? Ever felt guilty after walking out of a shop, or is retail therapy even a ‘thing’ for you? This month, we speak to Dr Shumi Akhtar from the University of Sydney on why it’s okay to indulge in some spending every now and then. We also answer some of your questions about recent changes to super and proposals in the May 2017 Budget. And finally, in the spirit of the new financial year, we’re setting ourselves a challenge.

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Super Informed Radio episode #6: Can financial stress impact how we budget?

This month we talk to UniSuper member Gregory Mowle from the University on Canberra on how financial stress impacts how we budget and the role of financial literacy plays in decision making.

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Super Informed Radio episode #5: What's the deal with accessing your super early?

It’s the question on many people’s lips in recent weeks and one that can divide dinner parties—and even governments—in half. Tune in to our latest podcast as we explore this topic in more detail.

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Super Informed Radio episode #4: Being bold for International Women's Day

Has there ever been in a time in your working or personal life where you've had to make a bold move? How did it feel? In this podcast, we ponder these questions and more with UniSuper board member Nicolette Rubinsztein for International Women's Day (IWD). We also hear the personal and career reflections of a number of female UniSuper members on this year’s IWD theme: ‘be bold for change’.

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Super Informed Radio episode #3: Decisions, decisions

Can science help explain how we make financial decisions? UniSuper member and decision science researcher from the University of Melbourne Prof. Peter Bossaerts thinks so, and backs it up in this month's episode of 'Super Informed Radio'. We also chat to Trevor Schmid from UniSuper Advice on our 'Select advice' service, and how it'll soon be expanding into non-super wealth territory.

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Super Informed Radio episode #2: Retirement expectations vs. reality

So you might have an idea of what retirement will look like in your head, but for many people what actually happens after retiring is totally different. This month we chat to UniSuper Assistant Product Manager Julia Maciver on why this might be happening and what people can do to help make sure their retirement expectations become the reality. We also take it to the streets and see what people really think about their super.

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Super Informed Radio episode #1: The pilot

In our debut podcast, we talk to our CEO Kevin O'Sullivan about his passion for super, a day in his life, and how he got to Australia from the far distant lands of Canada. We also chat to Angela Riga from our contact centre on some of the topics members are calling us about and a few new online tools we've launched recently to help you understand your super.

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