Self Managed Superannuation Fund

SUPER & FUNDS

Australian super fund comes second in global green rankings

John Collett Some of Australia's largest superannuation funds rank among the best in the world in protecting their members from the adverse effects of climate change.

ASSET CHECK

Super under threat in the 2016 budget

The budget could spoil the appeal of super.

Daryl Dixon Tuesday's federal budget may well irrevocably damage its attractions as a retirement savings vehicle for many Australians.

SUPER & FUNDS

Fairness in super is looking after lower-income earners

The budget super reforms will hit higher income earners.

John Collett Budget changes to super should go further than just reining in the tax super breaks going to higher-income earners.

Federal budget 2016: Superannuation lobbies enflame mummy wars

Women on low incomes struggle to put extra into super.

Sally Rose Will putting an annual limit on super contributions hurt mothers more?

BOURIS ON MONEY

Shrug off uncertainty over superannuation by focusing on the basics

Mark Bouris Too much talk about changing superannuation creates uncertainty and complexity and that's when normal working people can become passive and disengaged.

MONEY MENTOR

The budget changes that would make super fairer and family friendly

Honey pot: The federal government wants to get its fingers sticky with super contributions. <I>Illustration: Simon Bosch</i>

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon In next week's budget the federal government intends to make harsh but fair changes to super contributions. And they could go even further ...

SUPER & FUNDS

PM Capital says look beyond China for Asian returns

Busy traffic in Saigon, Vietnam.

John Collett The volatility of China's sharemarket may drive Australian investors away from the Asian region despite the opportunities, says one of Australia's most astute investors.

SUPER & FUNDS

DIY super funds not safe from fraudsters

John Collett A new ruling makes it plain DIY super fund members are on their own if they lose money through fraud or theft.

SUPER & FUNDS

More to a super fund's returns than its size

John Collett The great divide in the performances of super funds is between not-for-profit and retail funds and not so much their size, figures from SuperRatings show.

DIY SUPER

Borrowing to buy property in your SMSF? Keep your eyes open

Borrowing to buy property for a self-managed super fund carries risks.

Richard Livingston Self-managed super fund borrowing may not be a problem for the government, however it's likely to cause financial distress for some investors in coming years.

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SUPER & FUNDS

Don't be disillusioned by super savings of the wealthy

John Collett It can be demoralising to see how the wealthy are accumulating massive amounts of money in their super compared to how much the rest of us have.

SUPER & FUNDS

Some accountants to give up on DIY super fund trustees

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John Collett DIY fund trustees who use the services of accountants need to ask them what licensing arrangements they will have in place from July 1.

SUPER & FUNDS

Australians dream of early retirement but can't afford it

John Collett

John Collett More Australians want to retire early than just about any other nationality, but we are also less likely to afford it.

Super funds push for more ESG disclosure

Sally Loane, chief executive of the Financial Services Council, says ESG reporting is a must-have for companies.

Ruth Liew One out of three ASX 200 companies have poor disclosure when it comes to reporting their environmental, social and governance practices, research has found.

SUPER & FUNDS

Finance and investment: sharemarket fear drives surge in gold price

John Collett The gold price has risen about 20 per cent since the start of this year.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Super is for low-income earners too

Mark Bouris The economic idea that most intrigues me is the exempting of low-income workers from the superannuation guarantee.

NOEL WHITTAKER

How the transition-to-retirement pension might change in the May budget

Noel Whittaker Politicians from all sides of politics are gazing wistfully at our superannuation. 

Challenger first-half profit jumps 80pc to $234 million

'These are strong results with double digit growth in every key financial metric which influences shareholder value,' says chief executive Brian Benari.

Ruth Liew Challenger said its interim profit jumped 80 per cent to $234 million as improved sales and investment gains boosted the bottom line of Australia's biggest annuities provider.

SUPER & FUNDS

Super tax breaks in firing line

John Collett Superannuation tax breaks for the better-off should be tackled.

SUPERANNUATION

Smart super moves to make before the May budget

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John Collett The May budget is expected to include changes to superannuation aimed at making savings on the budget's bottom line.