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SMSFs may be worst option to borrow for property

04 October 2013 | Staff reporter

Property Buying property in your super fund may sound attractive, but how effective is it really? Research into the tax implications suggests that it can be a poor option. Everything depends on the price at which the property is purchased.

The US debt crisis

04 October 2013 | PSI

usaThe American dollar rules the world, and so America has options no other country enjoys. What, then, are the likely consequences of the current political stand off? Some possible investment and political implications.

Two heads face off

04 October 2013 | PSI

liarIn today's column we examine the art of having two faces in financial and property advice, the mysteries of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment and certain insights into risk management that are only whispered in quiet places amongst consenting fee structures, if at all.

Are shares too expensive?

04 October 2013 |

expensiveInvesting in shares is all about timing. There is much discussion at the moment about whether or not low interest rates are fueling a property boom. But there is less discussion about the possibility that share prices are being boosted too much as investors pursue yield. Yet low interest rates traditionally drive higher equity prices; in traditional investing they are seen to be closely related.

Big miners undervalued

02 October 2013 | Broker reports editor

AgricultureInvestors in the big miners have had a disappointing two years. But some brokers are arguing that the undervaluing of the sector has gone on too long, and that an upwards correction is coming. Investors should ponder why the market is sceptical, however, tailoring expectations accordingly.

Tax for SMSFs and big funds

02 October 2013 |

AgricultureWith one exception, SMSF funds and managers of big super funds are subject to the same tax requirements. But they tend to behave differently because of the differences in scale. This especially affects the approach to property and certain aspects of stock market investing.

Is America's self-destruction an opportunity?

02 October 2013 | PSI

USAOpprtunityThe American economy may be adversely affected by the political gridlock in Washington. If there is serious volatility it may open up some buying opportunities. Investors may gain from watching the markets closely for mis-pricing.

Will the over-60s be taxed?

02 October 2013 |

Over60There is an increasing level of noise about introducing taxation on superannuants who are over 60. While it is extremely unlikely either side of politics would do anything that would result in a voter backlash there are many issues that should be watched. Super splitting is one of them.

A rare agriculture investment

02 October 2013 | Broker reports editor

AgricultureNufarm is one of the few stocks on the ASX that offers exposure to the agriculture sector. The company manufactures crop protection products. The stock has risen by a fifth since last April but brokers are divided about the best investment strategy.

Beware property sharks

02 October 2013 | PSI

Property SharkThere are increasing signs that property spruikers are targeting SMSF investors to sell houses. This represents some danger for the sector. Sticking to investment fundamentals, especially net rental yield, is paramount if problems are to be avoided.

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