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How much money do you need to start an SMSF?

November 2020 SMSFs are not for everyone, but for those individuals where an SMSF is entirely appropriate for them, the benefits can be considerable. In the context of ongoing public debate regarding the appropriate minimum size for an SMSF, new research has been provided to provide insights into the true costs of running an SMSF.

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New super contribution rules for older Australians

November 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.

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A common misconception and tips for SMSF trustees

November 2020 Whether you are thinking of setting up a self managed super fund (SMSF) and want to familiarise yourself with what is involved or you’re a long-term trustee that wants to ensure they are adhering to the various rules and regulations of SMSFs, running your own fund is a big responsibility. Ensure you are

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What’s next for SMSFs, post the Federal Budget?

October 2020 The 2020-21 Federal Budget is all about jobs, jobs and jobs. COVID-19 has resulted in the most severe global economic crisis since the Great Depression.This Budget provides an additional $98 billion of response and recovery support under the COVID-19 Response Package and the JobMaker Plan. With the budget focussed on supporting small business

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What can we expect from the 2020-21 Federal Budget?

September 2020 The 2020-21 Federal Budget to be handed down on 6 October will be one of the most crucial in Australia’s history. The Budget will provide a further update on the economic and fiscal impacts of the coronavirus in Australia and is expected to set out the path to economic recovery. As in most

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Take control of your super – Time to set up an SMSF?

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

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Your 2020 end of financial year (EOFY) considerations

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

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Dividends, growth and capital – Your COVID-19 considerations

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

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Why managing your retirement income is more important than ever

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,

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What does it really cost to manage your own super?

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

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Is it time to review your fund’s investment strategy?

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

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