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  • 16 September 2016

The Government has scrapped the proposed $500,000 cap on non-concessional contributions, allowing contributions until the $1.6 million cap is reached. The non-concessional limit will be $100,000 a year, with the bring-forward allowed. So much for the Treasurer's recent conviction that the proposals would not be revisited. The complete announcement is on our website.

Government scraps $500,000 cap

The full text of the changes to the superannuation proposals. A better outcome for many building their super, and even the wealthy have a final chance to put $540,000 each into super.

Six factors guide when to sell your winners

While some investors like to take a profit, others let their winners run. It pays to have a systematic approach to selling winners in the hope of hanging on to the successes.

How rebalancing can help your portfolio

Investors should consider rebalancing their portfolios, including SMSF trustees who must comply with an investment strategy. Regular rebalancing can reduce concentration risk and improve performance.

Australian and US house prices remain firm

Increases in Australian house prices are slowing but there are many reasons for an underlying support, but some locations for apartments will not do as well. Housing recovery continues in the US.

Why bother with hedge funds?

Despite negative headlines regularly aimed at hedge funds, they experienced strong inflows in the six years until the end of 2015. What are the benefits of hedge funds for a portfolio?

Gold can play a role in SMSF portfolios

Only a tiny proportion of SMSF assets are invested in physical gold, but it's worth considering in a world of uncertainty and volatility, especially when interest rates are low.

Compulsory super not enough to avoid full pension

Australia's economy will struggle under an increasing age pension burden because the current level of compulsory super is inadequate to fund a comfortable retirement for most.

Unconventional monetary policy is now conventional

In a recent speech, US Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen signalled that 'unconventional' monetary policy actions by central banks are likely to be 'normal' for many years.

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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.

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.

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.

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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