SMSFs (Self-managed super funds)

The SMSFs section is for Australians running self-managed super funds (SMSFs), covering the current issues facing SMSF trustees, setting up a SMSF, how to run a SMSF, investing your DIY superannuation money, getting financial advice, and special SMSF rules such as investing in property.

This section also includes a special section called SMSF basics.


Below are some of our key SMSF articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining SMSFs (Self-managed super funds).

300,000 retired Australians to lose some or all Age Pension entitlements

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UPDATE: The changes to the Age Pension assets test have now passed both houses of parliament. The successful passage through parliament was due to the Greens supporting the changes. The ALP opposed the changes, which were announced by the Australian Liberal government in the May 2015 Federal Budget, … [Read more...]

Super pensions: Starting a TRIP takes planning

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Quoting author Mark Twain, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”. Humour aside, apparently the term ‘pension’ can trigger a negative reaction for some baby boomers. Many baby boomers don’t even like the relatively inclusive term of ‘seniors’ because this term … [Read more...]

Age Pension assets test changes: Comments from readers

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UPDATE: The changes to the Age Pension assets test have now passed both houses of parliament. The successful passage through parliament was due to the Greens supporting the changes. The ALP opposed the changes, which were announced by the Australian Liberal government in the May 2015 Federal Budget, … [Read more...]

TRIPs: 10 interesting facts about transition-to-retirement pensions

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Note: The general concessional contributions cap remains at $30,000 (for the 2015/2016 year, and also applies for the 2014/2015 year). The special $35,000 cap for over-50s continues to apply for the 2015/2016 year (or more specifically, to anyone who is aged 49 years or over on 30 June 2015). If … [Read more...]

SMSF: How much does a DIY super fund cost? (updated figures)

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Note: Article updated in June 2015, and enhanced with an extra table outlining fees for small and large SMSF account balances. This Q&A includes the latest SMSF cost data released in December 2014 by the ATO, and selected cost data released by ASIC in September 2013. The next SMSF cost update is … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: 10 facts about your SG entitlements

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Note: Since 1 July 2014, the Superannuation Guarantee rate increased to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applied for the 2013/2014 year). The SG rate now remains at 9.5% for another 6 years, increasing to 10% from July 2021, and eventually to 12% from July 2025. If you work as an employee, and you … [Read more...]

2015 Federal Budget summary: No new taxes on super but bumpy ride for retirees

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On 12 May 2015, the federal treasurer Joe Hockey released the second federal budget of his career. While last year’s budget was fire and brimstone and targeted ‘leaners’ (who Hockey blamed for the state of Australia’s finances, when he was not blaming the former ALP government), Hockey’s launch of … [Read more...]