ransomware virus

How I lost my files to ransomware

A cautionary tale to remind us that the authentic-looking email from that authentic company we deal with may not be friendly at all. This is what a ransomware virus can do after a moment’s lack of care.

Budget

Budget super changes impact at the margins

Budget 2017 outlined two changes to superannuation rules, both in an attempt to improve home affordability. One makes a small reduction in the tax burden for savers, while the other allows more money into super.

index debate

Market’s big names weigh into index debate

The distinction between active and index management is increasingly blurred, while active managers as a group face large outflows and struggle to justify their fees. There are big players on both sides.

passive vs active

Active versus passive: there’s more to it

Long gone are the days when ‘passive’ investing meant simply replicating a cap-weighted index, especially with the surge in ‘active’ and ‘factor-based’ funds such as smart beta. We need more nuanced definitions.

estate planning

How to preserve estate money in super

The transfer balance cap affects the amount of a deceased member’s benefits that can be paid to the surviving spouse as a pension or income stream, but there’s a way to retain it in the super system.

income streams

Managing for retirement income

Latest thinking on retirement in the US devises a risk management strategy that allocates assets in a trade-off between growth assets versus more conservative ‘risk management’ assets.

dividend franking

Why Australians love dividends and franking

Australians love owning dividend-paying shares, especially with the added benefits of franking credits, and the rewards from owning shares should not be judged in terms of price movements in isolation.

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