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Regulator warns on early release scams

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has issued a warning to super fund members to check the accreditation of people offering financial services before doing business with them. The warning follows the conviction of a Melbourne man, Grant Ross, who…

How funds can help their retirees in a low-rates world

Recommended: income solutions Big super funds have been grappling with strategies for their growing numbers of retirees for many years now. And it is not easy. In the first of a four-part series, we discuss how to cope in the…

How age affects our investment decisions

Milestone birthdays do play an important role in influencing investment behaviour, most evident in a declining appetite for risk, a new study has confirmed Reseachers from the UWA Business School at the University of Western Australia and the Department of…

LRBA amendment may be a negative for SMSF borrowing

Repayments of SMSF borrowings will have an impact on the fund’s transfer balance cap, under draft amendments to the new super rules released by the Government last week. The amendments will also change the way limited recourse borrowing arrangements are…

Q&A, 8 May

Q: Do I have to withdraw a minimum amount from amounts transferred to an accumulation account, as I do with my pension account? A: No, only account based pensions and transition to retirement pensions require a minimum set percentage of…

Investors are over-exposed to banks

Despite a backdrop of socioeconomic uncertainty and increased financial market volatility, growth in the personal savings of Australians remains strong. As of June 30 last year, total personal investments stood at $2.3 trillion, representing an even larger pool of savings…

Private Eye: Evan Hughes

Years ago when I was an art dealer, my father Ray’s gallery was the venue for a raucous financial services Christmas bash held jointly by Shed Enterprises, a related party to the publisher of this newsletter and Principle Advisory Services.…