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 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...]

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 compliance: Is your fund due for a super service?

Read this article to discover the rules in place for SMSF trustees, and discover what you can do to ensure your SMSF operates within the super laws.A lot has changed for SMSF trustees in the past few years. The most recent significant change was the introduction of financial penalties, which are … [Read more...]

SMSF trustees face bigger penalties from 2015/2016 year

SMSF trustees can expect harsher fines from this financial year (2015/2016 year) onwards with administrative penalties of up to $10,800 per trustee (including corporate trustee) for a breach of the super rules.A SMSF trustee must run his or her super fund according to the superannuation rules. … [Read more...]

SMSF trustees unfairly targeted by super tax illiterates

Some leaders in the superannuation sector and in some economic think tanks are ignorant about SMSFs, including how the super tax rules work generally. Yet we have numerous pronouncements by various individuals and organisations about SMSFs not paying tax, or SMSF trustees not having the skills to … [Read more...]

Super rich tax? Trawling SMSF accounts to fix budget not the answer

Note: This article is an updated response to recent claims that superannuation tax concessions are directed towards the ‘super rich’. The federal government is considering significant tax reform, which is likely to include superannuation tax changes as part of that reform process. The relevant links … [Read more...]

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

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 November 2015 (for data as at June 2015).Each quarter the ATO releases self-managed super … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Franked dividends and the 45-day rule

Q: Could you please advise me if the 45-day holding rule applies to shares held in a SMSF when the fund has accumulated less than $5,000 in franking credits during the entire financial year?A SMSF must hold company shares for at least 45 days (plus the day of purchase and day of disposal) to be … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Companies that pay fully franked dividends

Q: Can you tell me how you find a list of all ASX-listed companies that pay fully franked dividends?The question you ask is a very popular question and unfortunately the answer is no longer straightforward. A complete list of companies that pay franked dividends used to be available for the cost … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Where can I find information about SMSF borrowing?

Q: I’ve just finished reading DIY Super For Dummies and found it really helpful. What interested me was the borrowing options for SMSFs. We already own a property in our fund and we are looking at using borrowings for financing our next fund purchase. In your book you mention a joint venture to … [Read more...]