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10 April 2014 |
A report by the Financial Ombudsman Service shows that some financial advisers are failing to look after their clients' money.
08 April 2014 |
The rules permitting accountants to give financial advice are only an interim measure. Next financial year, all accountants will need to have acquired the appropriate licence, and only 30 have done so. A crisis could be in the offing.
07 April 2014 |
Up until now, the ATO has only had a big stick to punish DIY super funds that do the wrong thing. Closing them down. But soon there are likely to be fines for contraventions, meaning that the risks of being penalised are likely to rise.
26 March 2014 |
Changes to come into effect on July 1 make it easier for the ATO to impose fines on self managed super trustees. Making sure that compliance is up to standard has become even more important. Some fines are over $10,000.
27 November 2013 |
There is a debate about how much disclosure financial advisers. The Institute of Chartered Accountants has weighed into the debate saying some suggestions do not address the serious systemic issues.
26 November 2013 |
Farmers can get great advantages from SMSFs if they go about it the right way. But there are traps and pitfalls says one financial adviser.
25 November 2013 |
If you have $5 million in your DIY super fund you are a retail investor, but if you have $5 million as an individual you are a wholesale investor and considered "sophisticated". Go figure. It is one of the contradictions of the new financial advice laws.
28 October 2013 |
There are consequences when a trustee of a self-managed super fund (SMSF) becomes a 'disqualified person'. Trustees include directors of a corporate trustee of an SMSF. If you are a trustee and become a disqualified person, you are not allowed to remain a trustee.
10 October 2013 |
The Coalition's proposed changes to governance of super funds imply yet another argument for starting your own SMSF in the right circumstances. At least with your own fund you can manage the interests in an easily understood way. With retail funds and industry funds, the transparency is low.
02 October 2013 |
With one exception, SMSF funds and managers of big super funds are subject to the same tax requirements. But they tend to behave differently because of the differences in scale. This especially affects the approach to property and certain aspects of stock market investing.
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