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Edition 134

  • 13 November 2015

A harder look at SMSFs, Volkswagen bond market lessons, household borrowing overshadows business, income in retirement, your ethics may not be mine, and why is everyone complaining about super?

The pace and structure of lending stifles Australia

The lending patterns of households and businesses, when compared against GDP and disposable income, can provide useful insights into where the economy is headed.

SMSFs: 8 reasons they are over-spruiked and over-rated

When your accountant, financial adviser or golfing partner recommend an SMSF, check this list to consider all that's involved, even if you think you have the time to manage it.

Lessons from the Volkswagen scandal

When a company fraud is uncovered there are many losers, and companies are not run to benefit bondholders. The main protection against such unforeseeable risks is to maintain a well-diversified portfolio.

Retirement: Making income the outcome

To give superannuation the best chance of providing the desired retirement income, it makes sense to manage for the relevant risks over time and protect investments from inflation.

Sin stocks, divestment and the right to choose

It's a dilemma for fund managers to make divestment decisions on behalf of investors based on philosophical grounds. Does it reflect the investors' beliefs and will it adversely impact returns?

Super is struggling to please anyone

Australia's superannuation industry is experiencing an identity crisis of sorts as the government tries to legislate a 'purpose for super', while performance is often sacrificed in the quest to minimise fees.

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Is it better to rent or own a home under the age pension?

With 62% of Australians aged 65 and over relying at least partially on the age pension, are they better off owning their home or renting? There is an extra pension asset allowance for those not owning a home.

Too many retirees miss out on this valuable super fund benefit

With 700 Australians retiring every day, retirement income solutions are more important than ever. Why do millions of retirees eligible for a more tax-efficient pension account hold money in accumulation?

Reece Birtles on selecting stocks for income in retirement

Equity investing comes with volatility that makes many retirees uncomfortable. A focus on income which is less volatile than share prices, and quality companies delivering robust earnings, offers more reassurance.

Is the fossil fuel narrative simply too convenient?

A fund manager argues it is immoral to deny poor countries access to relatively cheap energy from fossil fuels. Wealthy countries must recognise the transition is a multi-decade challenge and continue to invest.

Superannuation: a 30+ year journey but now stop fiddling

Few people have been closer to superannuation policy over the years than Noel Whittaker, especially when he established his eponymous financial planning business. He takes us on a quick guided tour.

Anton in 2006 v 2022, it's deja vu (all over again)

What was bothering markets in 2006? Try the end of cheap money, bond yields rising, high energy prices and record high commodity prices feeding inflation. Who says these are 'unprecedented' times? It's 2006 v 2022.

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