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ATO launches disqualified trustee register

The Australian Taxation Office has established a disqualified self-managed super fund trustee register that will…

ATO unhappy with SMSF reporting

The Australian Taxation Office has warned that it is seeing “many errors” in reports it…

Banks’ mortgage bonanza under threat

Mortgage re-pricing and robust mortgage volume growth have supported banks’ earnings in recent years but that may be coming to an end. Macquarie Securities estimates that banks’ ability to continue to re-price mortgage is diminishing and, increasingly, banks need to…

Qantas a strong buy

Qantas stock has traded strongly on the Australian Securities Exchange over the past few months, with the airline company’s share price climbing 31 per cent from a low of $3.01 in November last year to its current level around $3.94.…

Rumble in the Jungle

Online retailer Amazon has confirmed that it will set up operations in Australia. The company says it is looking for a warehouse (what the company calls a fulfilment centre), which may be the first of many. It is also looking…

Upward movement in the TD market

The term deposit market showed some signs of upward rate movement in March with several small financial institutions increasing their term deposit rates. According to the latest Mozo Banking Roundup, there were more term deposit rate increases in March than…

Welcome to The Rub

Welcome to our first issue. Each week The Rub will report on the latest investment opportunities, update readers on investment strategies and alert them to technical issues emerging in the investment markets, particularly those that relate to trustees of self-managed…

Look offshore for growth sectors

Investors should not limit their stock choices to companies listed on the local sharemarket. There are a number of industries that are not well represented on the Australian Securities Exchange and investors who want to gain exposure to some growth…

The assets that make SMSFs above-average performers

Self-managed superannuation funds produced higher investment returns than APRA-regulated industry and retail funds last year, according to industry consultant Rice Warner. Using publicly available figures supplied by the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Rice Warner calculated…