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Australian investors now have easier access to international shares.
Self-managed superannuation fund (‘SMSF’) investors are increasingly aware of the benefits associated with portfolio diversification and are looking to allocate a greater portion of their portfolios to international equities.
Although Australian shares have historically been high yielding and benefit from franking credits, the downsides of an excessive home bias (too much of a portfolio concentrated in Australian shares) are well documented.
The Investment Trends SMSF Report 2014 highlighted that the number of SMSF investors intending to invest in international equities had almost doubled in 12 months.
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