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News Alert - Can your intended auditor still audit your SMSF?

11 September 2013 |

Alert signA self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustee must appoint an independent approved SMSF auditor to perform a financial and compliance audit of their SMSF's operations before they lodge their SMSF annual return. New rules are in place regarding auditors that you need to know and there are some time critical issues that need to be addressed well in advance of lodging your SMSF return.

Airlines are being re-rated

11 September 2013 | PSI

Airline's re-ratedThere is increasing demand for air travel in Asia, but that does not necessarily translate into good investment prospects. The weakening Australian dollar is already having a negative effect, although the removal of the carbon tax will be a positive.

The election's impact on the stock market

10 September 2013 | PSI

Abbott winThe election result was anything but a surprise, so the market is likely to have anticipated many of the consequences. But it is still worth looking carefully at what the impact will be on sectors and companies.

Australia's super funds growing sharply

10 September 2013 | PSI

Super growthAustralia's super funds grew by a fifth in 2012 and are up 13% since 2007. It is part of a global picture that sees global super assets top $US14 trillion. It will have effects on investment behaviour in the medium term.

Australian house prices

09 September 2013 | PSI

House pricesAustralia's housing market is often described as one of the most over valued in the world, but it is worth examining the international context a little more closely. The emerging strength in the American market may be a positive sign.

SMSF Compliance: What the Auditors look for

09 September 2013 |

Each year your fund will need to be audited before you can submit your annual return. We provide a list of 46 key things that the auditors will be looking for in order for a SMSF to comply with the rules and regulations stipulated by the Superannuation Industy (Supervision) Act 1993 (SISA) and the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (SISR) Acts. It is well worth your while knowing the rules well in advance of the reporting season as any breaches could cause you a lot of grief and may not be able to be unwound in time for when you must submit your return.

SMSF supervisory levy increases

05 September 2013 |

The SMSF supervisory levy has changed since its inception. The Government has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to encouraging people to fund their own retirement by way of the superannuation system. At the same time, the former government wanted to share in the wealth creation by increasing the SMSF Supervisory levy by 575% over the past five years. The government says that the administrative costs that need to be recouped, to make system pay its own way.

What reporting season is telling us

05 September 2013 | PSI

The reporting season had relatively few surprises and resulted in low market turnover. That is probably good news for the stock market and underlines its advantage as a yield play. We look at how some of the sectors performed.

The battle for the banks after the GFC

05 September 2013 | PSI

BankThe global big banks have been quietly preparing to take depositor's money if they get into trouble again. Meanwhile, there is a push amongst regulators to make banks more accountable by focusing on equity. It is the future of the global financial system at stake.

Ask an economist, then do the opposite

05 September 2013 | PSI

SlitherShankAustralian's strange obsession with bricks and mortar with bricks and mortar explained. Then it is explained what to do about it. Or not.

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