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Savings "glut": more bull from economists

09 May 2014 |

SavingsThe idea that money is a quantity of "stuff" (a bit like water) is deeply misleading. It leads economists into blind alleys, deceived by their own metaphors. Money is transactions. You can't literally have a "glut" of transactions.

Dodgy doings in industry funds

09 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.

Regional banks get some equality with major banks

08 May 2014 | Broker reports editor

Rural BanksAfter the GFC, regional banks were severely downgraded because of their difficulties raising wholesale funding. There was a flight to the Big Four Banks. But regional banks are now seen as being on a similar footing.

The perils of borrowing in super

06 May 2014 |

DangerLimited recourse borrowing is something that can be used in self managed super funds to acquire assets. But there are strict protocols on how the asset must be bought. The ATO is also starting to look at the income from such borrowing. If it is not deemed to be "on commercial terms", there may be problems.

The perversities of investment

06 May 2014 |

 confusingOne of the strange aspects of investment markets is that the rational thing to do is to buy low and sell high. But in reality it happens the other way around. Past pessimism may be deceptive, but the markets are still looking shell shocked.

Part 1. An introduction to Superannuation

05 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

05 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.

Have I got some nice junk for you

02 May 2014 |

 junkThe search for decent returns is evident in the growing appetite for junk bonds. Yet the yields are comparatively low when compared with what is available to Australian investors.

Slithershanks on property

02 May 2014 | PSI

 slithershanksProperty investors should always keep their goals in mind, such as becoming the Queen of Brazil one day, or perhaps writing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony before he did. It is an important lesson to remember.

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