07/04/2017 | 8:08 AM What happens if directors of a corporate trustee need to sign off on decisions concerning them as members if they are overseas?
06/04/2017 | 8:02 AM Super remains the most tax-effective way to build retirement savings and it will now be easier for employees to make tax-deductible contributions in the future.
05/04/2017 | 11:31 AM In recent years, Australian superannuation funds have been increasing the amount of control they offer members, and robo-advice is part of furthering this objective.
03/04/2017 | 8:08 AM Gold jewellery, and gold coins and medallions, are certain to come under the stricter rules prescribed by SIS Regulations, according to Townsends Business & Corporate Lawyers.
28/03/2017 | 8:39 AM Many SMSF investors may be unaware of their exposure to the residential housing market, whether through home loans, investment property, or holdings of bank shares.
27/03/2017 | 10:44 AM Market volatility, investment selection and regulatory changes are the most prominent investment challenges SMSF trustees currently face, a new AMP Capital study has found.
08/03/2017 | 8:00 AM While CGT relief provides a great opportunity for SMSFs to reset the cost base of fund assets and lock in capital gains, there are some scenarios which require further consideration.
06/03/2017 | 8:43 AM There are some common mistakes SMSF trustees make when commencing a pension using only part of a member's accumulation balance.
02/03/2017 | 4:06 PM Infrastructure is a popular theme among retail investors and governments alike, with the former attracted by consistency and defensive characteristics, and the latter by voter appeal.
27/01/2017 | 8:04 AM If investing in property, SMSF trustees should have 10 years of working life left and should hold a cash buffer that amounts to six months of all property expenses.
25/01/2017 | 8:03 AM The introduction of the new $1.6-million cap has changed the game for members wanting to make contributions in advance, or so-called "bring-forward" contributions.
24/01/2017 | 7:59 AM SMSF trustees should sit down with their adviser to review their fund and check how the legislative and regulatory changes of 2016 affect them.
18/01/2017 | 8:01 AM Whether a trust is a fixed trust or not has significant taxation implications for SMSFs, as Michael Hallinan of Townsends Business & Corporate Lawyers explains.
16/01/2017 | 8:09 AM While there are undeniable benefits to international investing, it's important to consider how offshore investments fit with investors' goals, risk tolerance, timeframe, and portfolio.
10/01/2017 | 8:01 AM With the 1 January 2017 assets test changes now in effect, it is important retirees who may be over the new cut-off understand the implications on their age pension entitlements.
06/01/2017 | 8:13 AM For those likely to have super balances at or over $1.6 million by 1 July 2017, it's important to understand the rules and plan well before next financial year.
28/12/2016 | 4:53 PM Enhanced disclosure of underlying assets held by fund managers is increasingly demanded by Australian investors of all sizes, from super funds to individual self-managed super fund trustees, and technology may help deliver this.
23/12/2016 | 9:16 AM Michael Hallinan of Townsends Business & Corporate Lawyers explains under what circumstances it would be acceptable for an SMSF to acquire business premises.
22/12/2016 | 9:23 AM When it comes to estate planning the best option is to only provide monies to children by way of a loan, according to Brian Hor at SUPERCentral.
21/12/2016 | 9:47 AM Australians who have 10 years left until they retire could consider using equity in their home to fund SMSF investing, while being neutrally or positively geared in case of redundancy, injury or illness.
20/12/2016 | 9:04 AM There's a real risk that well-meaning retirees and retirement savers can over-save and under-spend, according to Morningstar's US-based director of personal finance Christine Benz.
19/12/2016 | 9:10 AM Every SMSF member needs to put into place an enduring power of attorney, says Brian Hor of SUPERCentral.
16/12/2016 | 9:48 AM There are three questions regularly asked by those either setting up a new fund with a new corporate trustee or those wanting to change their trustees from individuals to a company.
12/12/2016 | 8:18 AM In order to address the most important part of any retirement plan, trustees need projection tools that allow for risk and don't just use average returns and lifespans.
29/11/2016 | 4:49 PM Self-managed super fund trustees may be reconsidering the viability of such arrangements because of changes to the tax treatment of concessional and non-concessional contributions.
25/11/2016 | 8:20 AM Winding up an SMSF may occur for a number of reasons. But what needs to be done and what documents need to be prepared?
24/11/2016 | 8:12 AM The ATO has cautioned that non-lodgers, various "tax planning" arrangements and collectables will all be in its cross-hairs this financial year.
23/11/2016 | 12:11 PM Many people could miss out on a lucrative, final opportunity to top up their super balances before non-concessional caps are reduced after 1 July, 2017.
17/11/2016 | 8:16 AM When does helping your children become detrimental to your own retirement plans? The answer is in almost every case because most people are doing it the wrong way.
15/11/2016 | 8:11 AM Julie Hartley of Townsends Business & Corporate Lawyers examines issues surrounding the pension transfer cap, part of the government's proposed super changes.
08/11/2016 | 11:05 AM Hold firm to your self-managed super fund's long-term investment strategy and don't be unduly influenced by doomsday predictions ahead of the US election.
28/10/2016 | 8:44 AM Putting financial and legal plans in place now allows a person who may be at risk of getting dementia to arrange for future care and financial decisions.
27/10/2016 | 8:33 AM There are a number of strategies that retirees can implement to help them retain or improve their cash flow when changes to the pension assets test take effect.
19/10/2016 | 8:51 AM While the slump in commodity prices from mid-2015 onward proved punishing for the ultra-wealthy in Australia, the ATO continues to have an ongoing focus on the group.