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Edition 160

  • 17 June 2016

Both Assistant Treasurer, Kelly O'Dwyer, and Cabinet Secretary, Arthur Sinodinos, have indicated modifications to the superannuation proposals are possible in the drafting of the enabling legislation. Unfortunately, it's difficult to make plans for retirement when the final form of rules is uncertain.

The $1.6 million cap … an unlucky break for the lucky few

One consequence of the proposed super changes might be that keeping money in super is no longer the best option, especially due to new anti-detriment rules. There are many unexpected consequences now surfacing.

Top 10 hints for SMSF trustees before 30 June

Continuing our series on EOFY strategies, there are many things SMSF trustees should check immediately, with updated comments where relevant on the implications of the budget proposals.

Will roboadvice exterminate traditional advisers?

Roboadvice will increase the size of the advice market and bring vital tools to financial advisers, and while face-to-face advice will always have a role, some rationalisation will occur within the industry.

Digital disruption meets retirement incomes focus

A discussion about the leadership attributes needed to move the superannuation industry from its historical focus on accumulation to that of a whole-of-life approach with an emphasis on retirement outcomes.

Online broking: same game, different players, lower cost

Online brokers have traditionally been more consumer-focussed than their institutional competitors, but developments in fintech are forcing them to adapt and embrace innovation to stay on top of what consumers want.

An interview with Chris Cuffe

Chris Cuffe on gratitude, growing a business, the value of culture and the need for time and patience in investing - he says "Slow money is better than quick money."

Reader question: Are managed funds or LICs better in super or out?

Deciding whether managed funds or listed investment companies go better within super or out of it comes down to an investor's own preferences and situation. This comparison will help explain the differences.

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Retirement is a good experience if you plan for it and manage your time, but freedom from money worries is key. Many retirees enjoy managing their money but SMSFs are not for everyone. Each retirement is different.

A tonic for turbulent times: my nine tips for investing

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Rival standard for savings and incomes in retirement

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Fear is good if you are not part of the herd

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