The Royal Commission stoked the coals on financial advice fees and commissions, taking three days to learn trustees and management are severely conflicted by best interest responsibilities.
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The ATO has issued an update on illegal early release of super, when an SMSF is worth having, reporting obligations and trustee checklists. Make sure you stay on top of the rules.
Many people, especially SMSF trustees who expect to go on the age pension in future, remain confused about Labor’s proposed franking policy. These 10 emails confirm Labor’s position.
On 21 June 2018, Raiz Invest (formerly Acorns) listed on the ASX, valuing the company at $119 million. How does this ‘micro investing’ platform stack up as a place to invest or buy shares in the company itself?
SMSFs are being targeted by property marketers, but is a single, illiquid investment a good super strategy, with its associated leverage? ASIC is worried SMSF trustees are not seeing the full picture, so we went looking.
The Royal Commission criticises incentives and rewards across financial services, but they have a place if they are properly structured. Just ask the legal people involved how their hard work is recognised.
There’s a fundamental difference between banking and wealth management: bankers have no fiduciary obligation to their clients. It’s difficult for bankers to own fund managers and financial advice and fully accept the difference.
It’s the world game that billions are watching, and it only takes a few simple observations during a game to impress. It’s equally easy to show you don’t have a clue what’s really happening.
Howard Marks’ memos to his clients are always worth reading, and when a highly successful manager acknowledges the strengths of index investing, it’s worth checking what he says.
SMSFs have long lagged institutional superannuation funds in allocating to global equities, but SMSFs trustees increasingly realise the best opportunities lie overseas, and they use managed funds as the vehicle.
A reader of Cuffelinks sent an email to the Shadow Treasurer complaining about the future loss of franking credit refunds. Here is Chris Bowen’s response and a firm stance on the policy.
This wide-ranging interview with Pilar Gomez-Bravo, Director of Fixed Income at MFS Investment Management, covers the role of active management, the low rate environment, portfolio creation and asset class correlations.
A reader responded with detailed comments on the need for board members and the Chair to have relevant expertise in the company’s industry. Please join the debate.
Bernard Salt’s smashed avocados are now part of our lexicon, even if the way we are using it was not his original meaning. Whatever, lots of expenses such as concert tickets add up significantly with compounding over time.