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Why SMSFs want estate-planning advice

22 June 2018  Written by Robin Bowerman, Head of Corporate Affairs at Vanguard Australia/Board Director of the SMSF Association An estimated 77,000 self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have unmet needs for advice on estate planning. The 2018 Vanguard/Investment Trends SMSF Report confirms that estate planning is among the highest unmet needs for advice. This equates to 13 per…

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SMSFs: Our ‘hardest’ jobs

18 June 2018 Written by Robin Bowerman, Head of Corporate Affairs at Vanguard Australia/Board Director of the SMSF Association What are the hardest aspects of running your self-managed super fund (SMSF)? Do they include keeping track of the seemingly-constant regulatory changes, handling the impact of those changes, choosing investments or handling your fund’s paperwork and…

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Australia’s SMSF Army

06 June 2018  Written by Robin Bowerman, Head of Corporate Affairs at Vanguard Australia/Board Director of the SMSF Association Australia’s army of Chief Investment Officers is marching into retirement. This year’s Vanguard/Investment Trends SMSF survey shows that more than 50 per cent of the $720 bil-lion invested in SMSFs is now being managed by retirees.…

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A higher standard

30 May 2018  Written by Robin Bowerman, Head of Corporate Affairs at Vanguard/Board Director of the SMSF Association The superannuation system exists for a sole purpose – to provide Australians income in retirement. The release this week of the Productivity Commission’s report on the efficiency and competitiveness of the super system provides a comprehensive analysis…

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Why a new financial year is often a super crunch time

23 May 2018 Written by Robin Bowerman, Head of Corporate Affairs at Vanguard/Board Director of the SMSF Association The approach of a new financial year is often a super crunch time. It’s a time when many investors decide whether to stay with their large super fund, switch to another big fund or setup a self-managed…

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Super money in, super money out

16 May 2018 Written by Robin Bowerman, Head of Corporate Affairs at Vanguard/Board Director of the SMSF Association Checking your super fund’s cash flow of contributions in and pension payments out is a particularly critical part of end-of-financial-year planning for 2017-18. Don’t leave it until the last minute. Super money in Well before June 30,…

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Invest in yourself as an investor

02 May 2018  Written by Robin Bowerman, Head of Market Strategy and Communications at Vanguard/Board Director of the SMSF Association After two weeks of surprising and concerning revelations about the inner workings of some of the larger financial planning businesses in the country, it was refreshing to attend the SMSF trustee expo in Melbourne last…

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What an SMSF investment strategy means for non-SMSF investors

29 March 2018 Written by Robin Bowerman, Head of Market Strategy and Communications at Vanguard/Board Director of the SMSF Association With the long-term outlook for a lower-return, higher risk investment environment, investors have a particularly strong incentive to have carefully diversified portfolios and sound investment strategies. It is critical to handle these more challenging conditions…

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Millions of multiple super accounts erode savings

09 March 2018  Written by Robin Bowerman, Head of Market Strategy and Communications at Vanguard/Board Director of the SMSF Association One of the simplest ways to make your retirement savings more efficient and less costly is to get rid of needless multiple super accounts. The vast majority of super fund members with multiple accounts unnecessarily…

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Potential pension minefields

20 February 2018 | Retirement and superannuation Written by Robin Bowerman, Head of Market Strategy and Communications at Vanguard/Board Director of the SMSF Association It has been a big year for the SMSF industry given the major policy changes the federal government made to super in the 2016 budget. Last week the Self-managed Super Fund…