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How the Intergenerational Report misleads on super

Super tax concessions will be worth more than the cost of the pensions in future, but they represent two fundamentally different forms of government support for our retirement income system. Both have a role.

What exactly is the ATO’s role in SMSFs?

In 1999, the ATO assumed regulatory control of SMSFs as they were seen as tax vehicles, not serious retirement funds. In 2015, does the ATO have any role in ensuring that SMSF members have a comfortable retirement?

Who can make tax-deductible contributions?

Concessional contributions can include tax-deductible super contributions, where an individual claims a deduction. The ATO can confirm your eligibility which generally requires you to meet one of three conditions.

A super consensus needed before the demographic tsunami

It’s no surprise that the Intergenerational Report predicts an increase in the number of people retiring over the next decade as well as years spent in retirement. It’s a challenge for any government now and to come.

Do you plan to be a ‘have’ or a ‘have not’?

Regardless of age, there's always something that can improve your preparation for retirement, especially given doubts about the sustainability of Australia’s tax and welfare systems.

Superlinks - not a gift to the rich

"Congratulations on the 100th edition of Cuffelinks and thank you for asking me to make some observations on the state of the superannuation system." Using our large super balances to fund infrastructure projects could be the win-win many have been searching for.

Treasury says don’t use the $32 billion number

The $32 billion 'cost of superannuation' number has become the most dangerous weapon used by critics of super tax concessions. Treasury says it's not the amount that would be saved.

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Unexpected results in our retirement income survey

Who knew? With some surprise results, the Government is on unexpected firm ground in asking people to draw on all their assets in retirement, although the comments show what feisty and informed readers we have.

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?

Three all-time best tables for every adviser and investor

It's a remarkable statistic. In any year since 1875, if you had invested in the Australian stock index, turned away and come back eight years later, your average return would be 120% with no negative periods.

The looming excess of housing and why prices will fall

Never stand between Australian households and an uncapped government programme with $3 billion in ‘free money’ to build or renovate their homes. But excess supply is coming with an absence of net migration.

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Picking macro trends is difficult. What may seem logical and compelling one minute may completely change a few months later. There are better rewards from focussing on identifying the best companies at good prices.

Six COVID opportunist stocks prospering in adversity

Some high-quality companies have emerged even stronger since the onset of COVID and are well placed for outperformance. We call these the ‘COVID Opportunists’ as they are now dominating their specific sectors.

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