A real-world benchmark for SMSF performance

Loneliness may well be the bane of the long-distance runner's lot, but isolation can be a major challenge for SMSF trustees to manage too.

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ATO to release further guidance on reserves

The ATO is set to release further guidance outlining the circumstances in which it is appropriate for an SMSF to establish and maintain a reserve.

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The great Australian (retiree) dream

The very high level of debt-free home ownership among current Australian retirees helps counterbalance their low average super savings, undoubtedly contributing to any sense of financial security.

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ATO granted super enforcement powers

The government has announced a number of reforms designed to give the ATO more powers to oversee and enforce superannuation guarantee payments.

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Are young investors wasting their youth?

It was George Bernard Shaw who coined the phrase 'youth is wasted on the young'. In Australia today, it seems the young may be wasting their investing youth.

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Government introduces first home scheme laws

Legislation for the government’s First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS), as well as its proposed new superannuation rules for retirees downsizing their homes, have been introduced to parliament.

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Australian Dietary Guidelines and healthy eating chart (PDF)

The Australian Dietary Guidelines give advice on eating for health and wellbeing. They’re called dietary guidelines because it’s your usual diet that influences your health. Based on the latest scientific evidence, they describe the best approach to eating for a long and healthy life.

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Australia’s leading causes of death – ABS

Not the sort of topic one might normally come across but keeping an eye on the 'big' picture is always good for keeping things in perspective.  Census data from 2006, 2010 and 2015.

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Lack of literacy promotes unrealistic goals

A large proportion of Australians have unrealistic retirement goals. Australians’ lack of financial literacy is contributing to unrealistic expectations about their retirement, with more than half of consumers saying they want to travel regularly in their retirement despite the fact 63 per cent say they do not have a financial plan to guide their savings. […]

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Our ‘hardest’ SMSF tasks

What are the hardest aspects of running your self-managed super fund (SMSF)? There are certainly more and more tasks and professional help my be needed to manage them properly.

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