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It's going to be tough to be old in Australia

10 April 2014 |

workThe "demographic bulge" is about to put great pressure on the Australian budget. A raising of the pension age, more means testing of welfare and co-payments for government services are all being put on the table by governments. The pressure to make DIY super work is increasing.

Accountants may not be able to give advice

09 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

08 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.

Why are interest rates so low when debt is so high?

08 April 2014 |

QuestionThe biggest puzzle facing super investors is the low level of interest rates at a time of high government debt. It is a symptom of the Dr Strangelove world of modern finance, where "notional" debt is out of control and the only way to cope is to have no cost on that debt.

Politically correct sexism and ageism

07 April 2014 |

CorrectAttacking "rich old white men" who have substantial super is apparently perfectly aceptable, despite the obvious ageism, sexism and perhaps even racism. It is a poor way to conduct a discussion about social equity and the budget deficit.

Picking the right commodities play

07 April 2014 | Broker reports editor

PlaySuper investors looking for diversity should have some capital in commodities. But the risks and rewards are higher, so it is necessary to make some complex assessments of macroecomics and supply and demand patterns.

What do the changes at NAB mean?

04 April 2014 | Broker reports editor

 NABThe departue of CEO Cameron Clyne at NAB has focused interest on the sector. Self managed super investors have greatly increased their holdings in the banks, although this has largely been at the expense of retail shareholders. What will it mean for bank share prices?

Can Arthur Sinodinis remember what FOFA is?

04 April 2014 | Slithershanks

 Forgetful Arthur SinodinisSlithershanks think it's time to rush to the aid of Arthur Sinodinis, who is clearly having a little trouble with his memory.

Spending too much, look out

03 April 2014 | Reynard

Government DebtThere is a gap between what the government is getting paid and what it is spending that must be closed. That is not good news for investors.

High speed computers v you

03 April 2014 |

high speed tradingHigh frequency trading, feral computer programs manipulating share prices, are rife in the world's stock markets. It is hard to adjust investment strategies to cope, but super investors should at least be aware of their existence.

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