Setting up a SMSF

Running a self-managed super fund (SMSF) gives you control over where your super money is invested, and access to a greater choice of investments compared to managed super funds, such as retail or industry funds.

As a SMSF trustee, you can invest in direct property, artwork and virtually any valuable asset. You can even purchase business property, such as an office, and use the property in your business.

Before you get too excited about the positives of running a SMSF, you need to ask yourself three key questions: Are you into commitment? Are you familiar with investing? Do you have lots of money, that is superannuation money?

Below are some of our key articles on Setting up a SMSF:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Setting up a SMSF.

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...]

SMSF confidential:
the inside story on DIY super funds

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Note: The ATO publishes an annual report about SMSFs for each financial year. This article covers the ATO’s 2012-2013 statistical review of SMSFs (released in December 2014). This report also contains data for the 2013-2014 year. The annual report for the 2013-2014 year will be available in December … [Read more...]

SMSFs outperform large funds over 7 years

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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 February 2015. The ATO will provide updated performance data (for year ending 30 June 2014) in late 2015. A common argument put forward … [Read more...]

Oops! Top 10 SMSF boo-boos for 2014 financial year

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Note: Every year, the ATO publishes the top compliance mistakes made by SMSF trustees. This article contains data up to 30 June 2014 (latest available as at February 2015). The next update, for compliance data up to 30 June 2015, will be available in late 2015. The ATO has published the top 10 … [Read more...]

Two-way traffic! Finally, one fund helps move super from NZ to Australia

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An Australian super fund is now accepting transfers from New Zealanders hoping to transfer their KiwiSaver accounts to Australia. Let’s hope that many more super funds follow, but in the meantime, WA Super is the only Australian super fund offering this service, and it is awaiting your KiwiSaver … [Read more...]

SMSFs: Can I transfer my life insurance to my DIY super fund?

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Q: I have searched the ATO site to determine if we can have our SMSF pay life insurance for members. I am unable to find whether these things are arm’s length in regard to existing policies or not. There seems no writing to assist with a transition of these items into the fund and then the fund … [Read more...]

SMSFs: Is DIY super right for you?

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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...]

SMSFs must call Australia home

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‘When I retire, I am going to travel…’ is a common phrase when Australians dream about life after work. For many Australian retirees, overseas travel features prominently in their retirement plans. If you're a SMSF trustee however, and you intend to travel for extended periods, or even live outside … [Read more...]

SMSF trustee declaration: a quick guide

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When setting up your SMSF, you must sign a SMSF trustee declaration that confirms you understand the responsibilities and duties involved in running a SMSF. In late 2012, the ATO made 3 significant changes to the SMSF trustee declaration, reflecting significant changes in the super laws affecting … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Three most popular asset classes, and the rest (updated)

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Note: We regularly update this article with the latest data on self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) released by the Australian Taxation Office. This article contains the latest data available up to June 2014 (for data as at March 2014). Each quarter the ATO releases self-managed super fund … [Read more...]