APRA has given a clearer definition of the term ‘financial institution’, and it may be broad enough to catch a wide range of client-authorised activity, including Separately Managed Accounts.
Research now backs up the anecdotal claims that SMSF trustee confidence in the superannuation system is declining. The proposed Council with its independence and long term view will help address this.
The recent superannuation reforms were just tinkering around the edges of Australia’s retirement savings system challenges. We need far more radical policy changes if our nation is to survive its demographic time bomb.
Social impact investing is an emerging new asset class that provides opportunities for investors to generate both a financial and a social return.
The ideal outcome approaching retirement is to have the ability to extend a working career as a conscious choice, or if financially and personally appropriate, make the farewell speech.
If a company is growing, with increasing equity and profits, how does an investor know that management and the board are dudding shareholders?
For much of the last 2,500 years, one ounce of gold has been able to buy items worth the equivalent of around USD500 in today’s dollars adjusted for inflation. But retail buyers are rushing to buy physical gold at current levels.
Every super fund member fears a downturn, but with an expected working life of 45 years and retirement of 30 years, we need to look beyond the short -term. A look at stock market cycles helps with the long-term view.
A fundamental tenet of free market capitalism is that owners choose how their assets are used to their best advantage. Does this apply to shareholders? And do super fund members get to exercise such choice?
As equity holders we love to see companies reporting profit growth. In fact, we become wary if they don’t. Find out how the wrong sort of growth can quickly and permanently destroy wealth.
Models, statistics, historical data and forecasts can paint a picture of the average investor, but just who is average? Financial planning and investment decisions need to consider the individual.
Could this be the greatest mathematical discovery of all time? An appreciation of compounding is essential for understanding investments, and an accumulation index rather than a price index better measures performance.
In 1909, there were 15 workers for every retiree, but by 2025 it will be down to only 3.5 workers. But we’re still defining ‘retiree’ as over 65. Using dynamic retirement age principles gives a brighter perspective on old age dependency.
The Stronger Super reforms have significantly raised the profile of lifecycle funds by legitimising their use as a single investment strategy for MySuper products. But are lifecycle funds any better than normal balanced funds?
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