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ATO keeps up the pressure on SMSF compliance

SMSFs not for the faint hearted, ASIC warns

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has launched a campaign warning future self-managed super…

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…

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…

LRBA amendment may be a negative for SMSF borrowing

Repayments of SMSF borrowings will have an impact on the fund’s transfer balance cap, under draft amendments to the new super rules released by the Government last week. The amendments will also change the way limited recourse borrowing arrangements are…

Q&A, 8 May

Q: Do I have to withdraw a minimum amount from amounts transferred to an accumulation account, as I do with my pension account? A: No, only account based pensions and transition to retirement pensions require a minimum set percentage of…