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ATO to shut down ‘inexperienced’ SMSF auditors

Cutting SMSF red tape

The Government announced in the Budget that it would reduce costs and simplify reporting for…

Small lenders fill the SMSF lending gap

Commercial property lender ThinkTank is expanding its self-managed superannuation fund lending business, aiming to fill…

Q&A

Q: What is the Labor Party’s position on the tax changes the Government announced in the Budget? A: Labor leader Bill Shorten said in his Budget-in-Reply speech that Labor would not support the changes to personal income tax rates that…

The New Criterion

One value-seeking investor recently proposed a daring mission for Criterion which, naturally, your intrepid columnist chose to accept: identify a handful of small cap stocks with reliable earnings and dividends, trading on an earnings multiple of 10 times or less…

Kavanagh

So far in the election campaign, the parties have not had anything to say about an issue that concerns a lot of people – housing affordability. The Coalition made some moves in this direction a couple of years ago, when…

Clearing the legislative logjam: what it means for investors

Consumers will soon start to feel the impact of a changed regulatory landscape. The government got a fair number of bills passed last week that will have an impact on the financial services industry, going some way to implementing its…

Unconscionable borrowing

There has been plenty of focus on banks’ treatment of their customers recently but a court case has focused on the obligation borrowers have to act fairly in dealing with their bank. In this case borrowers took advantage of an…

Personal loan fund targets 6 per cent return

Consumer lender SocietyOne has joined the growing list of finance companies offering investors access to income from a credit fund. It is aiming to pay a 6 per cent return. The Personal Loans Unit Trust is open to wholesale investors,…

Lenders continue to cut their fixed mortgage rates

Mortgage lenders continued to cut fixed rates in March, with one lender cutting a long-term rate by close to 90 basis points. Adelaide Bank, AMP Bank, NAB, Qudos Bank and Suncorp were among those that reduced their fixed rates last…