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Rising residential property rental yields an opportunity

Residential property researcher CoreLogic says investors in the sector typically target capital growth but more may focus on rental income in the current ultra-low rate environment. However, it warns that conditions for rental yields are mixed. The residential property rental…

ASIC is taking out the insurance garbage

Borrowers who took out consumer credit insurance (CCI) may be entitled to compensation following an Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) review that found they were “extremely poor value for money”. ASIC’s scathing report on consumer credit insurance offered by…

You can run with your HELP debt, but you can’t hide from it

The tax office has warned it will track down Australian expatriates who have stopped paying their student loans while overseas and make them pay up under new rules. The Australian Taxation Office has enlisted the help of the Department of…

Borrowers get an average 20 bps cut, savers much the same

Forty-nine lenders announced mortgage interest rate changes in the week the Reserve Bank cut to cash rate to 1 per cent, with an average cut of 20 basis points. On Friday, the deposit rate cuts started. ANZ  and NAB announced…

Don’t bet on AREITs to continue outperforming

The best returns from any asset class last financial year came from listed property trusts (AREITs), with the S&P/ASX 300 A-REIT Total Return Index up 19.4 per cent over the year to June. A leading equity research house has warned…

Dividend ETFs avoiding the traps

Morningstar has assigned ratings to three dividend focused ETFs, crediting them with doing a good job avoiding dividend traps and keeping costs low. The three funds – all rated ‘bronze’ – are Russell Investments High Dividend Australian Shares ETF, State…

Rental property and the in-house assets risk

Trustees of self-managed super funds that own vacation rental properties must take extra care when managing an asset that gets a lot of attention from the tax office around tax time. SMSFs risk breaching the in-house assets rule, as well…