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The do’s and don’ts of property investing for SMSFs

December 2019 Opinion piece written by John Maroney, CEO, SMSF Association Published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 04 December 2019 Self Managed Super Fund trustees are no different to many other Australians – they relish the opportunity to invest in direct property. Australian Taxation Office figures show property comprises about 13 per cent of…

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New FASEA code could spell trouble for SMSF trustees

November 2019 Opinion piece written by John Maroney, CEO, SMSF Association Published in the Australian Financial Review on 28 November 2019 Changed adviser rules could lead to self-managed superannuation funds missing out on valuable advice. Will SMSF trustees have trouble buying or selling shares early next year? With the new Financial Advisers Standards and Ethics Authority…

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Typical SMSF costs ‘less than $5000’ a year to run

November 2019 Opinion piece written by John Maroney, CEO, SMSF Association Published in the Australian Financial Review on 06 November 2019   Software providers to DIY funds say annual operating costs are much lower than the $13,900 cited by ASIC. What does it really cost to run your own self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF)? The Australian…

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Research shows SMSFs continuing to diversify

November 2019 Opinion piece written by John Maroney, CEO, SMSF Association Published in the Brisbane Times on 06 November 2019   It’s time to call a spade a shovel. When the two latest controversies surrounding Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) – single-asset funds (typically property) and the release of an Australian Securities and Investments Commission fact…

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Do’s and don’ts of SMSF property investment

October 2019 Opinion piece written by John Maroney, CEO, SMSF Association Published in the Australian Financial Review on 10 October 2019 Direct property is an investment that self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) trustees are likely to consider at some stage. In fact, direct property makes up about 15 per cent of all SMSF assets. This has…

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CEO Update | The Retirement Income Review

October 2019 In late September, the Treasurer announced a review into the retirement income system. This review was recommended by the Productivity Commission in its report ‘Superannuation: Assessing Efficiency and Competitiveness’ and comes 27 years after the establishment of compulsory superannuation. In the video below, SMSF Association CEO, John Maroney provides a short overview of…

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ATO gets tougher on SMSF investments

September 2019 Opinion piece written by John Maroney, CEO, SMSF Association Published in the Australian Financial Review on 12 September 2019 The Australian Taxation Office has started to issue letters to nearly 18,000 self-managed super fund trustees and their auditors as part of a campaign to ensure trustees are aware of their investment obligations, particularly the need to consider…