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Setting up a self managed super fund

26 June 2014 | ATO Information guide

Thinking about setting up a SMSF ato guideThe Australian Tax office has produced a series of information booklets intended to help taxpayers know about their rights and obligations under Australian taxation law. Personal Super Investor has included a copy of the Setting up a SMSF booklet which is part of the series of information booklets to help readers understand the tax issues pertaining to SMSF's. These guides often change so always check the ATO website for updates.

1 per cent of Australia's GDP goes on super fees

23 June 2014 |

1 per centThose who let other people manage their super funds are paying three times what they should, according to Treasury. It merits close attention if you want to do as well as you can for your retirement.

The good times roll on

19 June 2014 |

Good timesSuper fund returns look to be strong again this financial year. And Australians are saving more.

One million SMSF players

11 June 2014 |

millionThere are over 1 million SMSF trustees. On average they are 60, have about $1.7 million in the fund and have grown the assets by five times over the last decade -- it is up $65 billion in the last year. It is an extraordinary story and a profound shift in the Australian financial landscape. 

Pensioners under pressure

09 June 2014 | Lisa Peters

PressureThe trend is clear. Ageing is making pensions harder to sustain and saving for yourself is paramount. Many pensioners are leaving. Australia is better off in terms of its government finances than many countries, but the same demographic shifts are occurring.

Banks and other big players still don't get it

02 June 2014 |

SqueezeIn the battle between banks and industry funds, the not-for-profits seem to have an advantage. But the big operators still seem only dimly aware of the self managed sector.

What happens if trustees lose it?

27 May 2014 |

Lose itDIY super funds are fiercely independent in spirit. But they are not usually independent in structure. Rarely is there an independent trustee. It is a big problem.

Want to pay for financial advice? Buyer beware.

26 May 2014 |

BewareSuper investors have to assume responsibility for what happens to their own money. There is good financial advice available, but there is also a lot of self interested advice being proffered. It is very much a case of "buyer beware".

Government leaves super alone

13 May 2014 |

Australian GovernmentSuperannuation has been left untouched in the Budget. Its tax advantages remain intact. The rise in contributions has been put off, however. The treatment of excess contributions will also change.

Non concessional contributions changes

13 May 2014 |

2014 upwardsAny investor looking to give their super fund balance a boost by making a non-concessional contribution, needs to be aware of some changes to the limits that will soon come into play.

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