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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…

Why the market loves CSL

CSL shares reached an all-time high last week, as the market reacted favourably to news that the blood products supplier is making an acquisition in China. The stock peaked at $142 a share on Wednesday before ending the week at…

More cash ETFs come to market

Until recently, cash was a neglected segment of the exchange traded funds market but several new offerings in the past month have changed that. Investment manager BlackRock has launched two cash ETFs, both providing access to money market and short-term…

Higher rates a zero sum game for the banks

Investors should maintain their underweight position on the big Australian banks, Macquarie Securities has advised. Macquarie is concerned that the banks’ re-pricing of mortgages will be counter-productive – putting pressure on highly indebted households. On June 9, ANZ increased the…

Reserve Bank sounds a note of caution on ETFs

Risks associated with exchange traded funds may increase as the fast-growing market continues to expand and develop more “novel” investment structures, the Reserve Bank has cautioned. According to an analysis of the Australian ETF market in the latest Reserve Bank…

Women need to put more into super

Men expect to have more than $470,000 in super at retirement, while women expect to have around $270,000, according to a new survey. The RaboDirect Super & Retirement Report found that only 30 per cent of baby boomers believe they…

What a residential property downturn might look like

If the current weakness in dwelling prices turns into a sustained downturn, residential property owners could seek values falls by as much as six or seven per cent over the year ahead. According to property research group CoreLogic, capital city…

Property sale contracts should reflect new withholding tax rules

The Government’s move to tighten the foreign investor tax regime will have an impact on all property sales, a tax expert has warned. Changes to the foreign resident capital gains withholding threshold, announced in the Budget, apply to all sales…