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Edition 191

  • 24 February 2017

At the SMSF Association Conference last week, Minister Kelly O'Dwyer quoted from a Cuffelinks article by Paul Keating. The context was his surprise at the growth of SMSFs, but another part of the article was overlooked. He wrote, "the SGC (Superannuation Guarantee Charge) was not introduced as a welfare measure to supplement the incomes of the low paid. It was principally designed for Middle Australia, those earning ... one to two times average weekly ordinary time earnings ... for Middle Australia, the SGC and salary sacrifice was and is the way forward."

Stop the tinkering and bring on the ideas

ASFA chief calls on baby boomers to redefine retirement, doubts fintech will disrupt, loathes dinner party freakonomics, believes brands work and wants a market full of fresh ideas not policy tinkering.

Super complex: the advice gift keeps on giving

The increasing complexity of super would leave the fathers of Australia’s system wondering what has happened to their brainchild. Advisers and clients are struggling with the complexity before the looming deadlines.

Home is where the care is

Changes to Home Care Packages effective 27 February 2017 allow care recipients to choose their own care providers and offer better portability when relocating.

Unwelcome consequences of US trade policies

Trump’s vision for US trade policy might suit US corporates and Middle America, but the rest of the world will suffer the consequences. Income inequality and environmental setbacks are other unwelcome effects.

‘Episodic’ market volatility ahead for 2017

Contrary to popular understanding, markets have been below normal volatility levels in the last year, but it might be time to prepare portfolios for greater volatility and a potential downturn in 2018.

When a company is a money pit

Not all business use their capital in the most productive way, and investors need to recognise when companies are struggling to generate cash flows to pay off debts when due.

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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.

Two strong themes and companies that will benefit

There are reasons to believe inflation will stay under control, and although we may see a slowing in the global economy, two companies should benefit from the themes of 'Stable Compounders' and 'Structural Winners'.

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