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Time to review insurance arrangements

LRBA safe harbor interest rate increased

The safe harbor interest rate for self-managed super funds borrowing from related parties has been…

June 30 housekeeping schedule

As the financial year ends, it is time for SMSF trustees and superannuants to check…

Lift your home loan game

With home loan interest rates as low as 2.99 per cent, borrowers have plenty of scope to negotiate a better rate or refinance. A lot of borrowers don’t know they can haggle with their lender. The consumer watchdog, the Australian…

Credit card lending rules to have wider impact

The impact of reforms to responsible lending assessments for credit cards, which took effect in January, will be extended next month when they are incorporated into the assessment of applications for other credit products. Since the beginning of the year,…

Investors guide to the easiest entry to hottest US stocks

Alternative listed securities market, Chi-X, has expanded its range of US listed transferable company custody receipts (TraCRs) with five more listings. The new listings include those based on the shares of Amazon, Warren Buffet’s investment company Berkshire Hathaway (Class B)…

A fresh approach to equity release

Property fund manager DomaCom has entered the home equity release market with a product based on a shared equity structure, as an alternative to the standard loan structure of a reverse mortgage. Under the terms of Senior Equity Release, a…

Active fund managers lack persistence

Only a small minority of high-performing active Australian managed funds are able to maintain outperformance over peers or benchmarks over the long term. S&P Dow Jones Indices has tracked the performance consistency of active Australian managed funds to measure the…

Legg Mason & BetaShares launch active EM ETF

Legg Mason and BetaShares have launched the fourth active ETF through their strategic partnership- an emerging markets equity fund. The BetaShares Legg Mason Emerging Markets Fund provides investors with access to the superior growth potential offered by emerging market equities.…

Time to review insurance arrangements

Self-managed super fund members who have maintained an account with another fund so they can keep existing life insurance cover, need to review their arrangements ahead of changes to insurance in super next month. From 1 July, APRA-regulated super funds…