Comparing super funds

Which superannuation fund is the most suitable for you? The best-performing super fund over the longer term is generally what everyone wants, but sometimes such information can be hard to find.

You can find out how to compare super funds, where to find the latest information on fund performance, and how to discover other important features of super funds.

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Investment performance: Super funds gain 3.2% for October 2015

The median superannuation growth fund gained 3.2% in value for the month of October 2015, following a loss of 1.1% in September, and a dramatic 2.9% loss in value in August, according to superannuation ratings company, Chant West.Although the 2.3% median return delivered in July 2015 and the … [Read more...]

SMSF investment alert: Stricter rules for artwork and other collectibles

If you hold artwork, antiques, coins, or other collectibles within your self-managed super fund, then you need to be aware of new rules regarding storage and insurance that originally came into effect from July 2011, and will reach their full effect from July 2016.The impending date of July 2016 … [Read more...]

Fund choice: Choosing a super fund without an adviser

The questions that Australians need to ask when considering seeking financial advice when selecting a super fund are: how do I find a good adviser, and how do I know the advice I’m getting is appropriate?One option for resolving the dilemma of finding a good adviser is not to get advice. … [Read more...]

Help! How can we find independent financial advice?

Q: My husband and I are looking to start a SMSF. We have been able to find sources for the set up, accounting and audit of the fund and are now looking for assistance on the investment portfolio. We have a share portfolio outside super and so we have some knowledge in the area but do not feel … [Read more...]

How to spot an independent financial adviser

Note: SuperGuide originally published this article about five years ago, but the topic remains highly relevant for readers today. We have updated the original article with information on the legal definition of ‘independence’ and the IFAAA’s version of independence.Every week I receive emails … [Read more...]

How many financial advisers operate in Australia?

Q: I’m looking for information on an approximate breakdown of how many Australian financial advisers are part of a dealer group, and how many are operating by themselves as individual businesses. I’ve asked ASIC, FAA and the FPA and I can’t get an answer. Looking through the older ABS stats it also … [Read more...]

SMSFs: Is DIY super right for you?

Running your own super fund is not necessarily a difficult task but you need to keep your wits about you. You may hear a lot a noise about DIY super, and sometimes from people who know nothing about super. Your best defence against bad advice is to start with your own research.The term, DIY … [Read more...]

SMSF basics: Trish’s 10 commandments of DIY super

If you’re running a self-managed super fund (SMSF), then you’re obviously aware that being a SMSF trustee/member is a very different experience to belonging to a large super fund. In a large super fund, someone else looks after your superannuation benefits. As a SMSF trustee, you make all of the … [Read more...]

SMSF trustees: Is your super fund ready for SuperStream?

If your SMSF receives super contributions from an employer, or employers, on behalf of SMSF members, then your self-managed super fund should be SuperStream-ready… yesterday!If you have just set up your SMSF and seeking information on how to make your SMSF SuperStream-ready, continue reading, … [Read more...]

SMSFs surge towards 560,000 controlling $590B in assets

Note: We regularly update this article with the latest data on superannuation funds issued by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). This article contains the latest statistics available, as of November 2015 (for data as at June 2015).Well over half a million self-managed super … [Read more...]