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Time of review SMSF borrowing arrangements

SG contribution opt out starts

People with multiple employers can now apply to opt out of receiving superannuation guarantee contributions…

SMSF auditors slated in ATO report card

SMSF trustees should be on high alert after only a minority of SMSF auditors came…

House sales provide better gains than apartment sales

House owners have a greater chance of making a gain on the sale of their property than apartment owners. And owner occupiers do better when they sell than investors. Residential property researcher CoreLogic reports that during the September quarter 90…

Signs of a sustained gold rally

Gold price rallies tend to be short and sharp but Morningstar has forecast that, after rising strongly last year, the metal may hold its current level through the rest of this year. The gold price rose around 29 per cent…

More lenders drop home loan rates below 3 per cent

Several lenders announced cuts to their home loan rates last week, with the number of lenders offering rates below 3 per cent growing. ANZ cut home loan and deposit rates. On the home loan front, for borrowers with loan-to-valuation ratios…

CBA and NAB in latest bank class actions

Class actions against banks and other financial institutions prompted by the Hayne royal commission continue to hit the courts. Last week it was NAB and Commonwealth Bank in the firing line. On Friday, Shine Lawyers announced that it had launched…

Libra hits more hurdles

In the latest setback for Facebook’s plans to launch Calibra, Vodafone has left the Libra Association and financial regulators are coming down on the cryptocurrency. Calibra is the digital wallet for the Libra stablecoin, which is currently under development and…

AFIC concentrates its portfolio

One of Australia’s long-standing listed investment companies, Australian Foundation Investment Company, is concentrating its portfolio as its investment team looks for greater conviction in its holdings. Over the past four years, the fund has been going through what is calls…

Time of review SMSF borrowing arrangements

As SMSF trustees review their investment options for the year ahead, one development they need to consider is the recent changes limited recourse borrowing arrangements may make borrowing a less popular option self-managed super funds. The outstanding balance of borrowings…