Self Managed Superannuation Fund


Call to add family home to age pension calculations

John Collett Financial heavyweight says family home could be included in means testing for the age pension.

David Murray says super trustees slow on member engagement

Ruth Liew Superannuation fund trustees are failing to properly engage their members and encourage them to move assets into low-risk products at appropriate times, David Murray, the chairman of Australia's...


Funds hoping to be all things to all members

Sally Patten Superannuation funds are increasingly acting as one-stop retirement savings/financial advice shops.


Family trusts mix well with SMSFs

A family trust is one way to ensure that your wealth is intergenerational.

Michael Hutton If used together they can often prove very beneficial in maximising wealth creation and wealth preservation.


Long-term view gives best picture

John Collett.

John Collett The recent sharemarket volatility does not mean a return to the darkest days of the global financial crisis.


Changes a cause of concern for retirees

Olivia Maragna

Olivia Maragna Super changes - or potential changes - are a big source of worry for many.


Can we live in our investment property?

George Cochrane Would moving out of our current home and then renting it out be a wise move?

ASX drama: Savings take a hit, but super is about the long term

John Collett

John Collett Australian's retirement savings are taking a hit as the Chinese dragon breaths fire, causing sharemarkets around the world to tumble.

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Is my UK pension more trouble than it's worth?

Overseas adventures can leave you with more than just memories.

George Cochrane Should I transfer the money in my UK pension to my Australian super fund?

Senator John Williams pushes ASIC crackdown on SMSF property spruikers

Senator John Williams wants ASIC to investigate real estate agents  who encourage working Australians to put their super into SMSFs so they can buy property.

Sally Rose Real estate agents who encourage people to set up a self-managed super fund so they can borrow to buy investment properties are expected to face increased scrutiny for breaking the law.


Encouraging higher voluntary super contributions a fairer approach

Daryl Dixon The superannuation industry continues to focus on compulsory super rather than helping people increase their voluntary contributions.


Self-knowledge key to retiring with confidence

Olivia Maragna If you want to know how much you'll need in the future, you'll need to know what you spend now.

Retirement dreams a mismatch with savings reality

Six out of 10 Australians expect their current standard of living to remain the same after they retire, while most people are likely to have less.

Sally Rose Australians have unrealistic expectations about the lifestyle they will be able to afford in retirement.

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Pension changes and stagnant savings rate leaves retirees $130,000 short

The Association of Super Funds of Australia estimates the average couple will need a super balance of $640,000 to fund a comfortable retirement, up from a previous $510,000 estimate.

Sally Rose Changes to restrict access to the age pension mean couples will need to save an $130,000 if they want a "comfortable" retirement, leading to new calls for a lift in the compulsory savings rate to 12...


Line ball call when it comes to tax breaks

David Potts Will property or shares enable you to make the best use of current tax rules?


Super funds need a little push on fossil fuels

John Collett Investing ethically is not popular with superannuation fund members.


Learn rules before fund builds up

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Melissa Browne.

Melissa Browne What are the pros and cons for borrowing property in your SMSF? I'm so glad you asked.


Super, pally, is fantastic; fees they are atrocious

Superannuation contributions are kept out of easy reach so we don't give in to the urge to splurge.

Scott Phillips Paying attention to the details is important…


Don't think cat food, think comfortable

How many of these will you need when you retire?

David Potts Maybe less than $1 million in super will give you an 'adequate' retirement lifestyle - but who wants 'adequate'?

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Chant West says 80 super funds should be closed

Chant West head of research Ian Fryer has called on the regulator to force around 80

Sally Rose More than 65 per cent of the simplest superannuation funds are too small to deliver benefits and should be closed or merged, according to research firm Chant West.