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Edition 154

  • 6 May 2016

Well, that was quite a surprise! The superannuation reforms in the Budget are more radical than anyone expected. There are two ways to look at the changes: they are making the system more sustainable, and/or they are back-pedaling after encouraging people to build their superannuation balances since 2007. For those who are disappointed by the new limits, ask yourself this question: what would I have done differently versus putting money into super in the last decade if I had known these amendments would be introduced in 2016/2017?

In investing, patience is more than a virtue

Investors in share markets should benefit from letting patience and time do the work for their overall returns. The longer the time periods for rolling returns, the less volatile the market appears.

How do unlisted real estate funds generate high income returns?

Part 2 of this two-part series on unlisted real estate funds, or syndicates, looks at gearing, how returns are generated, and the different types of exit strategies.

Just how risky are hedge funds?

The commonly held belief that ‘hedge funds’ are riskier than ‘equities’ isn't necessarily true, depending on what type of risks you want to avoid. A few failures give the overall sector an undeserved reputation.

How to make in-house investment management work

Large superannuation funds are increasingly adopting in-house management of investments. There are many potential benefits, but the decision needs a framework and careful consideration.

Results from superannuation changes survey

The Reader Survey on potential superannuation changes showed again how passionate and engaged our readers are, attracting around 700 responses. Full details with comments show wide diversity of views.

Targeting of superannuation concessions

There are two massive changes to super in the Budget: a $1.6 billion cap on the amount that can be held in super tax-free, and a $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions.

Superannuation and the budget (written pre-budget)

The quality of life for retirees and future tax-payers will rest on achieving a fiscal balance between supporting the aspiration of more self-reliant retirees and the continuation of a strong social safety net.

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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?

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.

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 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.

Welcome to Firstlinks Election Edition 458

At around 10.30pm on Saturday night, Scott Morrison called Anthony Albanese to concede defeat in the 2022 election. As voting continued the next day, it became likely that Labor would reach the magic number of 76 seats to form a majority government.   

  • 19 May 2022

Keep mandatory super pension drawdowns halved

The Transfer Balance Cap limits the tax concessions available in super pension funds, removing the need for large, compulsory drawdowns. Plus there are no requirements to draw money out of an accumulation fund.

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