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SMSFs not for the faint hearted, ASIC warns

Take care when adding family members to your SMSF

The decision to include other family members in a self-managed fund is not straightforward, as…

SMSF borrowers may have to recalculate their balances

A change to limited recourse borrowing arrangements, included in new superannuation legislation, may make borrowing…

Small caps moving offshore produce big returns

Investors looking for opportunities in the small cap end of the Australian equity market should focus on companies that include international expansion as part of their business strategy. This is the approach that has been taken by a couple of…

Basic private health cover is ‘junk insurance’

Australians need to be cautious when selecting private health insurance following the introduction of a tiered health insurance reform earlier this year. In its latest Shonky awards, consumer advocacy group Choice is warning Australians that rip-offs are still rife despite…

CBA’s latest hybrid to pay a 3 per cent margin

Commonwealth Bank has launched an issue of hybrid securities, PERLS XII, which will pay 3 per cent above the bank bill rate as a part of a $1.25 billion raise. PERLS XII are subordinated, unsecured notes scheduled to pay floating…

At-call savings rates crash

On Friday, ANZ and NAB cut the interest rates on their bonus savings accounts, both cutting their bonus rates by 25 basis points. Small deposit takers also cut rates late last week. ANZ cut the bonus rate on its Progress…

When one will is not enough

An increasingly common estate planning issue is how to deal with assets outside Australia. A growing number of Australians are looking at the prospect of having to draw up more than one will. A will can be drawn up that…

How a global recession would impact markets

A recession in the next five years is inevitable and will result in many assets generating returns below historical returns, according to a long-range economic and market forecast by fund manager Robeco. The firm has published a five-year outlook, Escaping…

SMSFs not for the faint hearted, ASIC warns

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has launched a campaign warning future self-managed super fund trustees of the high costs and risks associated with having an SMSF. ASIC’s latest fact sheet estimates that the average cost of running an…