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New understanding of the SMSF trustee market

06 March 2014 | Dr Colin Benjamin

SMSF ResearchGovernment decisions to free up the financial consulting market raise questions about the sensitivities of those who are most vulnerable to self-serving financial advisors. In reality, without at least $200,000 invested, there is a risk that higher fees will eat into nest eggs. It is worth considering the deregulation of agents.

Where DIY super is heading

26 February 2014 | PSI

Way ForwardA survey of self managed super trustees reveals a strong streak of independence and a liking for shares and cash. The results are significant for what they say about the role of financial advice.

The giants who dominate the super industry

23 February 2014 | PSI

MellerAn interview with AMP head Craig Mellor reveals how much the "big boys" dominate the superannuation industry and the domestic investment options. It is worth examining what these players are thinking when crafting an investment strategy.

The doubtful future of the future of financial advice

13 February 2014 | PSI

Future doubtThe Coalition's proposed "reforms" of the Future of Financial Advice are dubious in the extreme. Why should financial advisers not be subject to perfectly normal professional standards, such as not having a conflict of interest? Two lawyers have described the consequences. It is another reason for the DIY fund.

Are financial advisers going to get a free pass from the government?

10 February 2014 | Staff reporter

Free PassThe government is asking for repsonses to a draft bill to change the Future of Financial Advice legislation that applies to how financial advisers are regulated. There is a risk it may be a green light for financial advisers to do what they like, without the constraints that apply to other professions.

DIY fund lobbying heats up

08 December 2013 | PSI

 lobby The politics of DIY super is heating up, with the industry funds flexing their muscles and lobbying the Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, hard. SMSFs do not have as co-ordinated a voice.

Pressures on super mount

01 December 2013 | Staff reporter

InsuranceInsurance premiums are rising, gobbling up the increases in super contributions. And lobbyists for the financial advice industry are gearing up their efforts to have legislative changes watered down. It is a time for SMSF investors to be wary.

What you should know about financial advisers

27 November 2013 |

“Adviser”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.

Farmers get benefits from SMSFs

26 November 2013 | PSI

Andrew LairdFarmers can get great advantages from SMSFs if they go about it the right way. But there are traps and pitfalls says one financial adviser.

The 'sophisticated investor' trap

25 November 2013 | Staff reporter

“sophisticated”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.

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