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Contribution doubling strategy

Because concessional contributions to superannuation allow you to claim a tax deduction against personal income,…

Review of SMSF advice rules needed

The tightening up of regulations covering financial advice has made it hard for trustees of…

Shelter from the slump

A growing body of evidence and opinion suggests that the residential property market has plateaued and may be due for a fall, leaving investors to consider the alternatives for gaining property exposure. According to the latest CoreLogic report on residential…

IPO watch: High-yield ETF offers access to corporate bonds

Investors looking for a better yield than those offered on term deposits or government bonds now have the opportunity to invest in high-yield corporate bonds, following the launch a new exchange traded fund. Fund manager VanEck Australia has launched a…

Lower growth outlook for banks

Half-year results reported by ANZ and National Australia Bank last week show that the big banks are struggling to achieve revenue growth in their key Australian retail and banking divisions. Commentaries provided with the results indicate that this situation will…

Quality stocks the key to sustainable dividends

Investors looking to grow income from dividends must adjust their focus and concentrate on the quality of the company and the sustainability of dividends not the payout ratio, according to investment manager Martin Currie Australia, a Legg Mason affiliate. Leading…

Regulator warns on early release scams

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has issued a warning to super fund members to check the accreditation of people offering financial services before doing business with them. The warning follows the conviction of a Melbourne man, Grant Ross, who…

How funds can help their retirees in a low-rates world

Recommended: income solutions Big super funds have been grappling with strategies for their growing numbers of retirees for many years now. And it is not easy. In the first of a four-part series, we discuss how to cope in the…

How age affects our investment decisions

Milestone birthdays do play an important role in influencing investment behaviour, most evident in a declining appetite for risk, a new study has confirmed Reseachers from the UWA Business School at the University of Western Australia and the Department of…