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Edition 185

  • 9 December 2016

Our superannuation system should be as simple to understand as possible, to encourage people to use it and trust it and save for their retirement, but the latest round of changes has introduced new levels of complexity. Jonathan Hoyle and Diana Chan think it's an early Christmas present for financial planners from Santa Scott Morrison, and they highlight the critical issues.

Five questions after Super Scott’s Santa surprise

Does the Treasurer realise the extent of the super 'gift' he has delivered to financial planners for Christmas? We're beginning to understand how complex the system has now become.

When an SMSF member becomes disqualified

When an SMSF member becomes a disqualified person, it's time to act. The law allows a window of only six months for the SMSF to address the issue and become compliant again, but it's rarely an easy process.

What do different types of bond yields mean?

The yield quoted for a bond can be calculated in many different ways, depending on its characteristics or the investment horizon of the bond holder. Which yield are you buying?

SAFs can provide powerful estate planning solutions

The last article in our series on small APRA funds explains how SAFs can provide estate planning solutions in unique circumstances, including blended families, second marriages and adult children with special needs.

Buffett on inflation and equity investing

It might be intuitive to think shares are more resilient to the effects of inflation than other asset classes, but as Warren Buffett warned in 1977, it could work the other way.

Exchange traded products in 2016 and a look ahead

Exchange traded products have had another strong year of growth in 2016. Their popularity with investors, both in Australia and globally, is driving innovation and it will continue in 2017.

Your best reads of 2016

It will soon be the time of year when people turn their mind to some casual reading and enjoy a quiet moment. Tell us the best book you read in 2016. It could be an oldie or a newie, but let's get a reading list going.

Most viewed in recent weeks

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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