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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.

Conventional retailers catch up

05 September 2013 | Broker reports editor

Retail SalesRetails sales surveys are indicating some moderate growth. As an indicator of the strength of the wider market, they may also be a useful leading indicator, underlying favourable sentiment for stocks with good dividend yields.

Lend Lease as a global play

05 September 2013 | PSI

Lend Lease cashflowLend Lease's Australian operations are coming under some pressure but the company has a growing international portfolio. This suggests that the stock is more of an international play, which may be attractive if the Australian dollar continues to slide.

Rio offers quality exposure and uncertainty

02 September 2013 | PSI

Mining TruckRio Tinto should be on attractive fundamentals but the earnings picture looks problematic, particularly with China's economy easing. Investor sentiment is at best mixed, but the quality of operations should be high.

The debt in retirement puzzle

02 September 2013 | PSI

The conventional wisdom is that debt should be reduced or eliminated in retirement. But the lowest interest rates in decades have changed the risk and reward equation, and some closer scrutiny is just

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