SMSF investment

The super laws demand that trustees formulate and implement an investment strategy, and consider any super fund investment in light of your fund's investment strategy.

You must also ensure that your super fund doesn't break any special super investment rules. Year in year out the three most popular investment classes for SMSF trustees are: direct shares, cash (and term deposits) and direct property.


Self-managed super funds also invest in listed and unlisted trusts, other managed investment schemes, debt securities, derivatives and instalment warrants, collectibles, overseas investments and other investments.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining SMSF investment.

SMSF investment: Franked dividends lose some shine from 1 July 2015

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The Liberal government has committed to reducing company tax to 28.5%, effective from 1 July 2015 (subject to legislation). If the company tax rate drops to 28.5%, so does the level of franking credits linked to Australian company dividends. The policy to cut company tax was originally linked to … [Read more...]

Asset classes: Naming the investment winners for the 2014 financial year

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Australian and international shares delivered the biggest returns for the 2014 financial year (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014), according to Warren Chant of rating company, Chant West. In the table appearing later in the article, Chant West lists the investment performance of 13 asset classes, and … [Read more...]

Oops! Top 10 SMSF boo-boos

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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 2013. The next update, for compliance data up to 30 June 2014, will be available in early 2015. The ATO has published the top 10 compliance mistakes that SMSF trustees … [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...]

2014 Federal Budget: Superannuation and retirement summary (updated)

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Note: This article is updated regularly as more details are disclosed about announced policies. Article links take you through to further detail on my most items listed in this article. Latest update was 28 May 2014. On 13 May 2014, Treasurer Joe Hockey released his first federal budget. For many … [Read more...]

Is property a good investment for your SMSF?

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Over recent years, I have lost count of the number of times I have been asked whether I think property is a good investment for an SMSF. The question (is property a suitable investment for an SMSF?) is an important one, and the need to ask such a question by readers, associates and even friends … [Read more...]

SMSF borrowing: Investing in property (what’s OK and NOT OK)

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If you run a self-managed superannuation fund, you can invest in all types of real property, including residential property, commercial property, industrial property and even a farm (under certain circumstances). Before September 2007, the capacity to use borrowed money to purchase an SMSF asset, … [Read more...]

SMSF basics: Can my DIY super fund buy my residential investment property?

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Q: I own a unit as an investment property. I would like to keep this unit as long as possible. The unit is a safe income stream and a safe haven against market uncertainty. However, if I have to sell it later, I won’t be able to put the money into my SMSF because of the work test (as it is virtually … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Can we sell fund assets to members?

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Q. We understand that SMSFs cannot purchase property from members. What we want to know is whether members can purchase property owned by the SMSF, providing fair market valuation is paid for this? Does the valuation need to be established through a valuation, or is an appraisal sufficient? Our SMSF … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Purchasing overseas property

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Q: Since we can now use super to purchase real estate, is this also true for property in the United States? Can you provide me with some guidance on how I could find out the process and correct entities to establish in order to do this? Thanks. A: Before I answer your question, I need to clarify … [Read more...]