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How to find a sustainable super fund

Australia’s catastrophic bushfire season has prompted many people to consider how they can help address climate change concerns in the way they manage their households and their finances. When it comes to their superannuation, the Responsible Investment Association Australasia lists…

Beware of bushfire insurance claim rip-offs

Australians whose homes have been affected by the bushfire crisis are being warned to steer clear of potential exploitation with their insurance claims from insurance claims management services and dishonest tradespeople. The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) reports that insurers…

First home deposit scheme opens for business

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) is in full swing with buyers now able to apply for a mortgage with a discounted deposit. The scheme has its critics. The scheme will support 10,000 first home buyers each financial year,…

More neobanks enter the savings account market

Neobanks Xinja and Volt have launched savings accounts, giving consumers more choices of at-call accounts offering rates higher than 2 per cent. Meanwhile, Macquarie Bank has increased the four-month introductory rate on its Macquarie Savings Account to 2.65 per cent.…

Driven by dividends: Aussie sharemarket over the past decade

Dividends accounted for more than half the growth of the Australian sharemarket over the past decade. The S&P/ASX 300 produced a total return of 7.8 per cent a year over the 2010s, with dividends accounting for 59 per cent of…

2019’s top super fund performers

Superannuation funds produced strong returns in 2019, continuing a run of positive returns that has been going for eight years. Growth funds were up by close to 15 per cent. UniSuper Balanced was the top performing “growth” fund in 2019,…

SG contribution opt out starts

People with multiple employers can now apply to opt out of receiving superannuation guarantee contributions from one or more of those employers. The new law, which took effect on 1 January, is designed to help people avoid unintentionally breaching their…