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ATO declares war on SMSF trustee misconduct

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is targeting what it says is a worrying increase in badly behaved self-managed superannuation trustees. It plans to apply harsher penalties. Speaking at the SMSF Association National Conference, Dana Fleming ATO assistant commissioner of the…

The rise of renters by choice

The number of Australians choosing to rent rather than buy is rising, as more people focus on issues of affordability, flexibility and lifestyle, new research reveals. Academic from the University of Technology Sydney, University of New South Wales and Swinburne…

Luxury is the new black

When investors turn their minds to global equities they usually think about big tech stocks. Tim Samway says there is another compelling global growth theme – luxury goods. Samway is the executive chair of Hyperion Asset Management, whose Global Growth…

Volatile reporting season ahead

A leading analyst has forecast a bumpy profit season, as companies downgrade their forecasts. Share price reactions have been sharp following ‘negative surprises’. Macquarie Securities says the industrials sector will be flat, with no overall earnings growth this financial year.…

Open Banking puts consumers in control

Consumers will have an online “consumer dashboard” to allow them to manage their data consents when the Consumer Data Right in banking kicks off in July. Details of the dashboard are included in the rules for the Consumer Data Right…

Fewer IPOs but better returns

Initial public offerings (IPOs) on the Australian Securities Exchange produced significant returns for investors last year, if they could get their hands on the few listings that were offered. More than half of the listings in 2019 posted year-end gains…

Testamentary trust passes the test

A ruling of the Family Court of Australia has tested the effectiveness of using a testamentary trust to protect assets from claims arising from the breakdown of a marriage. A father established testamentary trusts for his son and daughter in…

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…

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…