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Edition 190

  • 17 February 2017

It is easy to feel lulled into a sense of security about interest rates, as a generation of investors has experienced little but falling rates. Despite the recent rises (see red arrow), US and Australian yields remain near record lows. Australia has the world's highest ratio of household debt to GDP, according to the Bank for International Settlements. It's frightening to consider the consequences of a 'black swan' rise in rates to the long-term US bond average of say 6% over the next couple of years, as recently forecast by legendary fund manager, Stanley Druckenmiller.

Trust alternatives after 1 July super changes

The changes to superannuation rules make rolling over an estate into a surviving spouse's pension account less attractive, reviving a role for testamentary trusts.

Preparing for the ups-and-downs of 2017

When markets deliver lower returns, investors need to save more, learn about investments and stay the course to achieve their retirement goals. Diversification is an effective way to weather uncertain times.

A study of NAB’s Subordinated Notes 2

Subordinated debt issues are a less risky investment than capital notes and hybrids, but each transaction is different and not riskless. The current issue of NAB Subordinated Notes is just one example.

Is super segregation still possible for SMSFs?

In light of the coming superannuation changes, advisers are considering alternative opportunities to retain some of the benefits, although each should be carefully checked.

Size matters for SMSF performance

There is much industry debate on the minimum size to make an SMSF worthwhile, and the range of costs can add up. A recent study of SMSF performance highlights the difference size can make.

Five ways to filter the fintech hype

Almost every day, there is a new and exciting fintech announcement of the next big thing. Some checks improve the chances of finding the financial services winners.

Most viewed in recent weeks

10 reasons wealthy homeowners shouldn't receive welfare

The RBA Governor says rising house prices are due to "the design of our taxation and social security systems". The OECD says "the prolonged boom in house prices has inflated the wealth of many pensioners without impacting their pension eligibility." What's your view?

House prices surge but falls are common and coming

We tend to forget that house prices often fall. Direct lending controls are more effective than rate rises because macroprudential limits affect the volume of money for housing leaving business rates untouched.

Survey responses on pension eligibility for wealthy homeowners

The survey drew a fantastic 2,000 responses with over 1,000 comments and polar opposite views on what is good policy. Do most people believe the home should be in the age pension asset test, and what do they say?

100 Aussies: five charts on who earns, pays and owns

Any policy decision needs to recognise who is affected by a change. It pays to check the data on who pays taxes, who owns assets and who earns the income to ensure an equitable and efficient outcome.

Three good comments from the pension asset test article

With articles on the pensions assets test read about 40,000 times, 3,500 survey responses and thousands of comments, there was a lot of great reader participation. A few comments added extra insights.

The sorry saga of housing affordability and ownership

It is hard to think of any area of widespread public concern where the same policies have been pursued for so long, in the face of such incontrovertible evidence that they have failed to achieve their objectives.

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