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ATO clarifies its approach to investment in DomaCom funds

Fractional property investment company DomaCom has received clarification from the Australian Taxation Office about its…

AAT case sheds light on NALI rules

The question of whether the payment of dividends to a self-managed super fund from a…

Pimco Australian Bond Fund rated ‘gold’

Morningstar has reaffirmed its ‘gold’ rating of Pimco’s Australian Bond Fund, citing “the rigour behind each investment decision” that its “impressive team” makes. The fund has more flexibility than most index-aware strategies. It can invest up to 30 per cent…

Property funds maintain prudent borrowing levels

Balance sheet management in the property fund sector remains conservative, with average fund leverage around half peak levels of a decade ago. According to Property Investment Research’s Australian Property Funds Industry Survey 2017, leverage fell from 27 per cent in…

Big dividend payouts set to continue

The trend towards higher and higher dividend payouts shows no sign of reversing, and it is not just Australia where big payouts are the norm. According to the latest Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index, dividend payouts hit an all-time high…

ATO offers SMSFs temporary relief from event-based reporting

The Australian Taxation Office may give self-managed super fund trustees some relief from new event-based reporting requirements, if only temporarily. One of several options outlined in a position paper issued by the ATO last week would allow SMSFs to report…

Q&A 28 August 2017

Q: My wife plans to take six months off work when our first child arrives later this year. Can I supplement her super contributions? A: Yes, you may be able to do that, depending on her income level. The Government…

The New Criterion

Anatara Lifesciences (ANR) $1.22 Porkers of the world rejoice! If Anatara’s drug rollout goes to plan, soon their short lives in the sty will be healthier and just that little bit longer. Anatara this month won the support of global…

John Kavanagh blog

When house prices, the sharemarket and super fund returns go up, our sense of financial wellbeing usually goes up with them. Not this year. A couple of recent surveys show that Australians are worried that their financial position is worsening.…