Self Managed Superannuation Fund

Why some retirees are better off cashing in their super

Noel Whittaker Superannuation is a tool, which when used properly is highly effective. But like all investment strategies it has a cost.

Treasurer must keep promise to introduce super legislation this year

Daryl Dixon Superannuation fund investors will be hoping that the Treasurer delivers on this week's promise to present the super change legislation in parliament by the end of 2016.

Women not taking enough risks with their super: NAB

John Collett Women's lack of appetite for investment risk is one of the factors that is leaving them worse off than men in retirement.

Are DIY super trustees up to the job?

Annika Bradley Anyone can manage their own super fund and do a dismal job, safe in the knowledge that in a worst-case scenario they have the age pension as a backstop.

Beware of bank staff spruiking their super funds

John Collett Industry Super Australia is alleging banks' front-line staff are spruiking the benefits of the banks' own super funds to their customers in a way that may be side-stepping financial advice laws.

Inequities in defined benefit pensions

Daryl Dixon The draft legislation contains tough and in some cases unrealistic valuations of the non-commutable defined benefit pensions received by retirees.

Super funds should be forced to reveal their investments

John Collett

John Collett Super fund members have a right to know what their funds are doing with their money.

Why I changed my superannuation strategy for the US election


Caitlin Fitzsimmons It's time to tune into the US election. You may not get a vote, but you can prepare - financially at least.

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The double standard in the new superannuation rules

The compromise is fairer, but there's still a double standard in the new super rules.

Daryl Dixon Accumulation fund members are treated more harshly than defined benefit fund members under the new super rules.

The new super rules are (nearly) settled. This is what you can do before June 30

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker The super compromise is far from ideal but all we can do is play the hand we're dealt, so here are possible strategies to adopt.

Big banks and AMP dominate 'fat cat' super funds

The big four banks and AMP represent nearly three-quarters of the 628

John Collett Bank-owned super funds dominate the ranks of "Fat Cat Funds" with high fees and poor performance, according to a new report.

How to use superannuation to make the world a better place

Catherine Robson Superannuation is our biggest liquid asset so making sure it's invested in a way that honours our personal values is a powerful way to do good.

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Are my self-managed super fund investments safe?

A friend paying board will reduce your pension, but it would be worth it if the company is good.

George Cochrane Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

Is your super fund a dud?

John Collett It's the time of year when super funds send annual statements for the year to June 30 to fund members. It provides the perfect opportunity to check if your fund is a dud.

Super compromise fair and logical


Daryl Dixon Top marks to the government for dumping the deeply flawed proposal to introduce a backdated lifetime $500,000 non-concessional contributions cap.

Furore over super reforms is overblown: Mark Bouris

There are enough incentives that super makes sense.

Mark Bouris The superannuation system is a tax system, and as annoyed as we are about changes, governments do change tax policy.

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The $25,000 hit to women in the super backdown

Women's career breaks make it harder to accumulate a healthy superannuation balance. Illustration: Karl Hilzinger

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon The compromise over superannuation includes a delay in the plans to let people roll over their concessional contributions, which will hurt carers, particularly women.

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Scott Morrison's super cap change a cave-in to the wealthy

The minority of people who have the means to take advantage of the cap has cause to celebrate.

John Collett The best tax shelter for the well-off this side of the Cayman Islands survives pretty much intact after Scott Morrison's super changes.

Tax status unclear for public sector defined benefit pensions

Daryl Dixon Former public servants with generous retirement benefits face a grey area in determining how their pension will be taxed.

Tech-focused super product called Spaceship to target millennials

Spaceship founders Paul Bennetts, Andrew Sellen, Dave Kuhn and Kaushik Sen have raised $1.6 million from tech heavyweights.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons Software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes is leading a who's who of the Australian technology industry in backing a new superannuation product with a technology focus aimed at millennials.

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