Investment Bonds

Do you have clients that have either reached the $1.6million pension cap or are past the age of being able to contribute to super? Has a discussion about Investment Bonds been held?

Take this scenario

  • Client age 70 (widow) sold her family home for $4million and set aside $2million to move into a smaller home however she wanted to travel for the next 1-2years whilst she was physically able to do so (pre-Covid).
  • Unfortunately, she had only held her home for 7 years so wasn’t able to put any money into super however even if she did it would have only been $300,000.

So what are some of her options?

  • Invest in her own name.
  • Invest in a trust with other family members.
  • Consider an investment bond for part thereof.

The client indicated over the next 10 years she would need approximately $100k p.a. to live off so in conservative terms $1million. That left me with a further $1million to invest as $2million was going to go to a home at some stage.

Recommendation – invest $1million into a diversified portfolio in the client’s name which offered:

  • Diversification – a well diversified portfolio in line with her Balanced risk profile.
  • Liquidity & access – the ability to sell down and redeem should the need arise at short notice.
  • Low tax (estimated $40k p.a. income before deductions)
  • 2nd Recommendation to invest $1million into an investment bond in the client’s name.
  • Earnings within the bond are taxed at a maximum rate of 30% (generally for a Balanced investor after franking credits it’s approximately 21-23%) so not much more than super and lower than if held personally.
  • Money is fully accessible, with tax benefits provided if held for the long-term.
  • Given its expected the client won’t need access to the funds then if we assume a 6% compound return each year the portfolio is estimated to grow to $1.8million which could be drawn down tax-free after 10 years.

Written by Marcus Ainger, Director – Private Client Adviser

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