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Edition 196

  • 31 March 2017

This week's Productivity Commission Draft Report is unlikely to affect the retirement savings of the vast majority of Cuffelinks' readers. It addresses default super for those who do not choose a fund, usually at the start of their working life. With the third stage of the Report not commencing before 1 July 2017, it will be years before changes are implemented.

Insider sales can be a powerful warning

Purchases and sales of shares in their own company by directors and executives can be a powerful sign of the future potential within a company and should be monitored closely.

How super changes impact insurance and estate planning

Super fund members should review their estate plans and insurance arrangements in light of the new transfer balance cap rules.

Defined benefit pensions and the transfer balance cap

Defined benefit pensions once meant sitting back and enjoying the guaranteed income flow for life, but their treatment under the new pension rules is a potential minefield.

SMSF investments do not match objectives

Many SMSF trustees are expecting miracles from their portfolio, setting them up defensively to deal with risk while expecting returns over 10% a year. Something's got to give.

Interest rate duration: how exposed are you?

Investors need to know the interest rate duration of their fixed income portfolios and its impact on the capital value of their portfolios ahead of potential rate rises.

Fairer performance fees for limited-capacity managers

Big super funds are often crowded out from microcap opportunities due to limited capacity, leaving an opportunity for smaller funds and other investors provided the performance fees are fair.

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