Each week, we load words into Google Trends, which shows how often a particular search term has been googled since 2004, and makes a forecast for next year. This week: SMSF.
What a time to launch a superannuation website and newsletter! The super, advice and investing landscape is facing more game-changers at the moment than at any time since the introduction of compulsory super in 1992.
If we ignore the media hype and look at the facts, 2012 was in fact a wonderful year for the equity market. Not only great returns, but surprisingly low volatility and few large down days. 2012 was the calmest year since 2005.
Kerry Packer openly admitted that he managed his companies to minimise their tax bills. He would have loved superannuation and franking credits. A super fund needs only 32% of its assets allocated to fully franked shares to pay no income tax on its entire portfolio.
From 1 July 2013, investment managers and platforms will be banned from paying commissions to financial advisers on new business. This should have happened years ago, but the industry’s tardiness has resulted in additional regulations on advice fees that are deducted from clients’ accounts.
Lifecycle theory is one of the more exciting and applicable research fields in financial academia yet it receives little discussion in Australia’s superannuation industry. The findings have the potential to improve outcomes for Australian households.
Many people regard inflation as a relatively recent phenomenon – it was a problem in the 1970s and it appeared to have been cured in the great ‘disinflation’ of the 1980s and 1990s. But inflation is not a recent phenomenon, and it certainly has not been ‘cured’.
The failure of charitable donations to reach the intended use due to adverse investment returns is a poor outcome, which may damage a charity’s reputation and result in much lower donations in the future. This is highly relevant to the design of a charity’s investment policy.
Many residential properties held by SMSFs will carry large loan liabilities at the same time that the member is required to draw down 4%, 5% or 6% of the portfolio as pension income. Make sure the cash does not run out.
Each week, we load words into Google Trends, which shows how often a particular search term has been googled since 2004. This week’s is not a pretty picture.
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