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About us

01 December 2013 | The Publisher

The massive shift of investors out of managed superannuation to self managed  super funds in recent times has been motivated by the fact that a lot of people want to put their interests first. In recent years, many fund members have been unhappy with the performance of their super funds and believed they could have done better. SMSF Investors also want to have control. They understand that  the right strategy, implemented well ahead of retirement can serve them better than leaving it until the day they retire. Statistics tell us that many people are living beyond 80 years of age so getting your retirement finances right is going to make a big difference to the way you can live once you've stopped working. There are many parties with vested interests who will tell you that SMSF is too hard, too time consuming, too costly for lay investors to manage. Our aim is to educate people so that they can achieve better outcomes because they have have improved their knowledge and unde

The state of the world

29 November 2013 | Broker reports editor

“TheWorld”Investment markets are global, so the attitude of global investors has profound implications for local investors. A broker report gives a positive outlook.

What you should know about financial advisers

28 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

27 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.

Is the share market a good play?

27 November 2013 | Broker reports editor

Super funds have reduced their ownership of shares since 2007, and since 2011. That is partly because of the rise of SMSF investors, who are less likely to diversify. How should they be assessing whether the share market is a good option?

Australia ok while China ok

26 November 2013 | Broker reports editor


Government finances may be coming under pressure, but Australia's exports picture is looking rosy, which will provide some impetus to economic growth. But it is all based on China, elsewhere the export picture is weak.

The 'sophisticated investor' trap

26 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.

Australia's property class war

25 November 2013 | PSI

“Property”SMSF investors are looking at property for investment. But Australia's property market is very much supported by tax breaks, creating a two speed society -- property owners, and the rest. If this bias is corrected to improve social equity and government finances, it will have long term implications for DIY super investors.

Warning: Super is coming under pressure

25 November 2013 | PSI

 PressureThe signs are growing that as government finances come under pressure, super will be targeted. A Grattan Institute report has called for big tax changes. DIY super investors have to plan accordingly.

Rots of ruck

22 November 2013 | PSI

 LuckEconomists have a great liking for the "R" letter in their economic anarysis. Sorry, analysis. No, on second thoughts, let's go back to anarysis. It seems to have a nicer ring to it.


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