Most financial advisers will say they have faced an increased level of scrutiny from clients due to the Royal Commission. The test is how the industry wins back trust.
Financial advice commissions and grandfathering have become among the more contentious issues at the Royal Commission. Here’s everything you need to know about where they came from but were afraid to ask.
Confirmation that Labor’s proposals on negative gearing will apply not only to investment property but all investments will require a rethink on many tax management strategies.
With the availability of large pools of retirees, the law of large numbers will start to see a predictable distribution of lifespans around the mean, allowing for longevity risk products. An important development.
A reader thought Noel Whittaker’s article last week reported an ‘incredible’ claim, so more detail is provided on the correct documentation and management of Transfer Balance Caps.
Humans “are fantastically adept at rationalising and believing what we want to believe.” The Royal Commission received fascinating research on conflicts of interest and why financial advisers compromise best interests duty.
With US interest rates on the rise and the prospect of Australian rates heading the same way, floating rate bonds have increased in popularity as they allow investors to benefit from increasing rates.
A significant compliance breach can materially affect the tax effectiveness of your SMSF, so check you are complying with these seven steps and stay on top of the administration and obligations.
Depending on the type of fund you use and whether you pay for advice, there is a large difference in the size of fees. It might be worth paying for extras but choose the fund and advice level that suits you.
There has been a massive focus on the maximum allowed in a tax-free pension of $1.6 million, but what happens if your portfolio rises in value and you exceed it? Should you worry about it?
The CEO of the new Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) writes exclusively for Cuffelinks on how it will operate, including jurisdiction, remediation, efficiency and building trust.
The current system is complex and inequitable, and those most affected by aged care anomalies are often least able to understand the consequences.
In a response to Graham Hand’s article on why roboadvice is struggling, the case is made that conventional financial advice will increasingly confine itself to the wealthy, and the mass market needs another solution.
Two studies dive into the numbers to argue that Labor’s franking policy will hit low income earners the hardest, because a franking credit is a constant 30% of the taxable income.
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