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Edition 153

  • 29 April 2016

Next Tuesday's Federal Budget sets the scene for the coming election, with many policy differences between the parties. This week, we include a survey which asks your opinion on the 'Deficit Dozen', 12 potential policy changes relating to superannuation. We will publish the early results on our website on Sunday, a couple of days before the Budget.

Survey on potential superannuation changes in Budget 2016

Please take our survey on your attitude to potential changes in the superannuation rules in the Federal Budget 2016. It will only take a minute or so. What would you change?

What to look for in unlisted real estate funds

Part 1 of this two-part series on unlisted real estate funds, or syndicates, explores their characteristics and most importantly, how the Net Tangible Asset calculation can be misleading. Every syndicate is unique.

Pension drawdown affects asset allocation decision

The method chosen to determine the amount of pension payments from superannuation should influence the allocation towards the volatility of growth or income-based assets.

Bankers must realise they are fiduciaries

The fiduciary duty of banks, while not legislated, is implied by their central role in the economy. Bank deposits are accepted as 'money', and public confidence in banks is fundamental to a functioning economy.

Large funds need to earn retirement loyalty

A clear challenge for superannuation funds is improving customer loyalty as they transition from accumulation phase to pension phase. There is not enough urgency in addressing member retention at this crucial moment.

Lenders asleep at the wheel on Arrium

Arrium's collapse provides a case study on how Australian banks failed to properly monitor loan quality and company developments. Compensation for risk is one thing, but equally crucial is return of capital.

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10 little-known pension traps prove the value of advice

Most people entering retirement do not see a financial adviser, mainly due to cost. It's a major problem because there are small mistakes a retiree can make which are expensive and avoidable if a few tips were known.

Check eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

Eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card has no asset test and a relatively high income test. It's worth checking eligibility and the benefits of qualifying to save on the cost of medications.

Hamish Douglass on why the movie hasn’t ended yet

The focus is on Magellan for its investment performance and departure of the CEO, but Douglass says the pandemic, inflation, rising rates and Middle East tensions have not played out. Vindication is always long term.

Start the year right with the 2022 Retiree Checklist

This is our annual checklist of what retirees need to be aware of in 2022. It is a long list of 25 items and not everything will apply to your situation. Run your eye over the benefits and entitlements.

At 98-years-old, Charlie Munger still delivers the one-liners

The Warren Buffett/Charlie Munger partnership is the stuff of legends, but even Charlie admits it is coming to an end ("I'm nearly dead"). He is one of the few people in investing prepared to say what he thinks.

Should I pay off the mortgage or top up my superannuation?

Depending on personal circumstances, it may be time to rethink the bias to paying down housing debt over wealth accumulation in super. Do the sums and ask these four questions to plan for your future.

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