SMSFs (Self-managed super funds)

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

Super alert: Have you counted your super contributions lately?

Note: This article outlines the super contribution rules, and also provides a list of helpful articles that explain how the two types of contributions caps work, and the general contribution rules.You can make two types of super contributions: concessional (before-tax) contributions and … [Read more...]

Excess contributions: Happy ending to a super horror story

Note: This article contains good news for those worried about exceeding the super contributions caps. The excess contributions rules are now a lot fairer than in the past. This article also explains the unfair rules that used to be in place before July 2013.You can make two types of super … [Read more...]

Excess contributions tax: The most ridiculous super policy ever?

Note: This article outlines the disastrous outcomes that can result when a tax policy is not properly considered, and not properly implemented. The excess contributions rules are now a lot fairer than in the past, and a lot fairer than what is discussed in this article. For the latest excess … [Read more...]

Excess contributions rules: A quick summary

If you plan to make superannuation contributions to a super fund, you need to be mindful of the contributions caps for both concessional (before tax) contributions and for non-concessional contributions. You also need to understand the financial (or other) consequences of exceeding those … [Read more...]

Top 10 performing super funds for 2015 calendar year, and for past 10 years

The investment performance result for the 2015 calendar year (1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015), for the median growth superannuation fund, has delivered the fourth straight positive calendar year return, according to rating company, Chant West.The modest investment performance for the 2015 … [Read more...]

Super funds gain 5.8% for 2015 calendar year

The median superannuation growth fund gained 5.8% in value for the 12 months to December 2015, according to rating company, Chant West. In terms of long-term performance this means the median growth super fund has delivered four calendar years of consecutive positive investment returns. Performance … [Read more...]

Asset classes: Naming the investment winners for the 2015 calendar year

Australian property (both listed and unlisted), private equity and unlisted infrastructure were the stand-out performers for the 2015 calendar year (1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015), according to rating company, Chant West.In the table appearing later in the article, SuperGuide presents the … [Read more...]

SMSFs outperform large funds over 8 years, just

Note: The ATO publishes an annual report about SMSFs for each financial year. This article covers the latest SMSF performance data available from the ATO, as at January 2016. The ATO will provide updated performance data (for year ending 30 June 2015) in late 2016.A common argument put forward … [Read more...]

Oops! Top 10 SMSF boo-boos for 2015 financial year

Note: Every year, the ATO publishes the top compliance mistakes made by SMSF trustees. This article contains data up to 30 June 2015 (latest available as at January 2016). The next update, for compliance data up to 30 June 2016, will be available in late 2016.The ATO has published the top 10 … [Read more...]

SMSF confidential: the inside story on DIY super funds

Note: The ATO publishes an annual report about SMSFs for each financial year. This article covers the ATO’s 2013-2014 statistical review of SMSFs (released in December 2015). This report also contains data for the 2014-2015 year. The annual report for the 2014-2015 year will be available in late … [Read more...]