August 2020 Superannuation rules are never stable, and the start of the 2020/21 financial year is no different. For older Australians, recent changes to the contribution rules may present new opportunities to contribute to superannuation. The changes are focussed on individuals aged between 65 and 74 and are designed to provide more flexibility in retirement.
July 2020 Setting up an SMSF can be complicated. Not getting it right can materially affect your financial situation and retirement plans. The first question you need to be sure about is whether an SMSF is the right fit. Seeking advice from an SMSF Specialist can help you determine this answer. Some considerations include: Do
June 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s lives, and SMSF trustees are no exception. While the worst of the pandemic is (hopefully) behind us, you may still have difficult questions to ponder as you focus on how best to position your SMSF in 2020-21, as well as meet your fund’s annual regulatory obligations for
May 2020 Written by Franco Morelli, Policy Manager, SMSF Association In August 2019, when the ATO wrote to nearly 18,000 SMSF trustees about portfolio diversification, many in the industry thought the regulator was overstepping the mark. Now the ATO looks like a prophet. As the SMSF Association conveyed at the time, the ATO was not
March 2020 The world is experiencing an unprecedented global event with the very real chance of an economic recession. It is important that as an engaged SMSF trustee, you understand the implications of the economic activity and ensure you have appropriate plans for your retirement. So how can you ensure your SMSF is best placed
January 2020 Life expectancy in Australia has reached record highs with a male born today expected to live to 80.7 years and a female to 84.9 years, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Male life expectancy has increased by 0.2 years over the 2015-2017 to 2016-2018 period,
November 2019 Working out how much your SMSF should cost to manage is never an easy thing to do. Given the nature of SMSFs and the varying differences between trustees, finding easily accessible and relevant comparisons is difficult. The SMSF Association however has received information from the two largest online SMSF software companies which may
October 2019 You may be aware that the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has issued letters to nearly 18,000 SMSF trustees as part of a campaign to ensure trustees are aware of their investment obligations. Of key concern is ensuring that trustees have considered diversification and liquidity of their assets when formulating and executing their fund’s
September 2019 Directly held property makes up approximately 15% of all SMSF assets, indicating that it is considered an important and significant part of a diversified portfolio. Investing in direct property is an investment that SMSF trustees are likely to consider at some stage. It may be the motivation to set up an SMSF initially
August 2019 Managing an SMSF can be difficult. However, with the right skillset, effective organisation and specialist advice, SMSFs can be a great vehicle to fund your retirement. Each year the Australian Tax Office (ATO) releases the most common mistakes that SMSF trustees make when administrating their SMSF. Unfortunately, these mistakes continually revolve around an
July 2019 With a new financial year beginning, it is a perfect time to review your SMSF and give it a clean bill of health for the upcoming 12 months. The following list provides a series of considerations that you and your SMSF Specialist Adviser should review. 1. Take stock of your SMSF investment return
June 2019 In February this year, the Government passed legislation which prevents trustees of APRA-regulated funds from providing insurance to members with inactive superannuation accounts, unless a member has specifically directed otherwise. It is a common practice for many individuals with an SMSF to also have a secondary APRA-regulated fund which provides them with insurance.