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Edition 216

  • 26 August 2017

Superannuation dominates the retirement savings plans of the majority of our readers, and over half of you are trustees of your own SMSFs. However, industry and retail funds perform vital roles for the majority of Australians, and this edition compares these three super segments.

1. How are SMSFs and their trustees changing?

The three main issues for SMSFs today are the complexity of super rules, unmet financial advice needs and changes in asset allocations both aggressively and defensively.

2. Drilling down into latest SMSF allocations

A deep dive beneath the headline numbers shows exactly which funds and shares SMSFs invest in, confirming that the average allocation to global shares is higher than many claim.

Listed property report card for August 2017

A quick name-by-name summary from the latest round of A-REIT (listed property) results with most trusts doing well as management teams deliver on their strategies.

The dangers lurking for credit investors

Due to the growing risks to high yield or junk bonds, this is not the time to accept their tight spreads in the search for better returns. Investment grade bonds and dividend yields are likely to be more dependable.

Are the criticisms of retirement villages justified?

Moving to a retirement village is a major event in an elderly person's life. The contract should not be treated casually as the retirement village will impose conditions which the retiree and family should understand.

Where do our wealth and jobs come from?

There's no doubt Australians love property, especially housing, and despite slowing economic growth and a lack of political leadership, the business sector continues to create Australian wealth and jobs.

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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?

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.

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.

Comparing generations and the nine dimensions of our well-being

Using the nine dimensions of well-being used by the OECD, and dividing Australians into Baby Boomers, Generation Xers or Millennials, it is surprisingly easy to identify the winners and losers for most dimensions.

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