Self Managed Superannuation Fund

Why it's important to know what fees you are paying on super

John Collett Fund managers and super funds with high fees claim that it's not fees that matter, but the returns after fees.

The one thing wealthy super fund members need to do before June 30

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Noel Whittaker June 30 is rapidly approaching and there is still much confusion among the wealthier members of our society regarding the $1.6 million limit for superannuation.

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The big problem of super for small-business owners

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Georgina Dent How would you rate the chances of 2 million small-business owners having adequate superannuation?

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Super funds for bank employees among the best performers

Big banks' super funds for their employees are among the best performers.

John Collett The banks have some of the best-performing super funds of all, at least for their employees.

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A good financial year for super fund members is almost a certainty

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John Collett Double-digit returns for super funds remain on the cards this financial year despite global sharemarkets likely to be negative over May.

Pension benefits: Public servants gain from Future Fund decision

Daryl Dixon The federal government's recent decision to postpone drawing from the Future Fund is welcome news for members of its defined benefit funds.

Budget incentives for downsizers only benefit the well-off, experts say

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Portrait of Tom and Irene Han at their North West Sydney home. The retired couple intend to downsize from their large suburban house in the next few years on May 15, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Alcock/Fairfax Media)

John Collett Before selling, you need to consider how the age pension thresholds under the assets test work.

Senate inquiry points finger at Tax Office over $5.6b in unpaid super

John Collett Unpaid superannuation is a huge and growing problem. Industry Super Australia estimates employers are failing to pay billions in compulsory super contributions to 2.6 million employees.

Super saver scheme to help young Aussies on middle incomes

Daryl Dixon The budget announced an initiative to allow first home buyers to build up accessible savings in their super: how popular will it be?

Super funds own $45b in bank shares, $13b in tech stocks

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Industry super funds love to criticise the big banks, but they are also closely entwined.

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Chasing returns in super usually a losing bet

John Collett Most people don't realise their super fund is likely to have about half their money invested in shares.

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How to avoid retiring with insufficient super. (Hint: Don't be a woman)

Georgina Dent Why "financial literacy" won't help women overcome the structural flaws in superannuation.

Better-off need to save more super

John Collett How much will you need to save for a comfortable retirement? If you're clueless you're not alone.

What you need to know about the war for super

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons There are vested interests misrepresenting the facts on both sides. Don't be fooled.

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Dear Scott Morrison, this is what women want from this budget

Some ideas for Treasurer Scott Morrison, who is preparing for the federal budget in May.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon There's still much for the Treasurer to decide that will affect families and, disproportionately, women.

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Claim super to help offset the hit to penalty rates

John Collett There's now even more incentive for workers to claim super from employers after Fair Work Australia's decision to lower Sunday and public holiday penalty rates.

Core plus satellite: the new investment strategy that's better than index funds

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John Collett Tracking the market versus active management? The new formula that offers the best of both worlds.

'Money for nothing': why transition to retirement pensions still work

Many mature-age workers want to cut back but not leave the workforce entirely.

Noel Whittaker Despite the continuing tightening of superannuation concessions there are still some great strategies available for those who take good advice.

Banks' weapon against industry funds may be a dud

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John Collett The Turnbull government wants to remove the monopoly that industry funds have as the default fund provider in industrial awards.

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Federal government picks fight with super industry

Financial services minister Kelly O'Dwyer has welcomed the draft report from the Productivity Commission on default super.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons Consumer groups and independent policy analysts have broadly backed the Productivity Commission proposals to change the default superannuation system.