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Dodgy doings in industry funds

08 May 2014 |

DodgyA scandal about the activities of managers in an industry fund underlines the importance of good corporate governance. There are also lessons for self managed super fund trustees about their own conflicts.

Part 1. An introduction to Superannuation

04 May 2014 |

Info ButtonIf you have been thinking about setting up a SMSF there are some background issues you need to consider.

Australian super fees too expensive

04 May 2014 |

 feesThe Australian superannuation system seems to be handing out too many rewards to the managers of the funds. But for those who want to run their own super, there is a need to pay strict attention to compliance.

Part 2. Superannuation Fund choices

04 May 2014 |

info buttonUnderstand your options before deciding on whether or not to set up a SMSF. If a DIY fund is the preferred option, it is important to focus on the primary objective of running a SMSF and sticking to it. Managing your own super fund can be complex so it makes a lot of sense to get help. Trying to save money by not getting the right advice from a professional could end up costing you more than you would have saved.

The great fee boom

27 April 2014 |

feeboomSuper fund managers are paid according to the size of assets under management, not a fee for service. As the super fund pool grows to $1.7 trillion, those fees are rising sharply. The cost to savers is massive, according to a new report.

They want to keep your money for longer

23 April 2014 |

keeping your money longerThe finance industry is lobbying to raise the age at which people will be able to get access to their super. It is being justified as being in line with the raising of the retirement age, but closer scrutiny suggests there are darker motives.

What happens if your adviser takes your money?

10 April 2014 |

stealA report by the Financial Ombudsman Service shows that some financial advisers are failing to look after their clients' money.

Accountants may not be able to give advice

08 April 2014 |

accountantThe 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.

The ATO is getting serious about compliance

07 April 2014 | Staff reporter

ATOUp 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.

Watch out for ATO fines

26 March 2014 | Staff reporter

ATOChanges 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.

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