THE SOAPBOX

The must-read section of SuperGuide. These popular and compelling columns generate debate about issues affecting Australians planning for retirement, or living in retirement.

Each month, we draw attention to an area of our superannuation system that needs improvement or deserves recognition. Trish Power's views in the columns are informed, and independent.

Below are some of our key THE SOAPBOX articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining THE SOAPBOX.

2016 Federal Election update: What superannuation and retirement policies can you expect?

The 2016 Federal Election on 2 July will decide whether the Coalition’s announced super policies will go ahead, while the ALP has been unusually silent on its proposed super policies, apart from quietly reaffirming two policies, with one measure adopted by the Coalition.The May 2016 Federal … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Borrowing to invest can be the means, not the end

As a property and share investor for nearly 30 years, I believe the use of borrowing can be a legitimate means to purchase assets, but gearing is not an investment in itself: it is simply a means to invest with associated costs and extra risk.Over the years, I have spoken to thousands of … [Read more...]

Financial advice: Only 75 independent financial advisers in Australia

Note: This article is updated regularly when new financial advisers join the independence club (latest update May 2016). A financial adviser does not have to be a member of the IFAAA to join the SuperGuide list, provided they can declare that they satisfy the requirements of being an independent … [Read more...]

Liberals to impose $1.6 million cap on pension start balances, if win election

Note: The proposed policy will apply to both existing and new pension accounts from 1 July 2017, which means the policy will apply retrospectively. Based on federal treasurer Scott Morrison’s comments after announcing the 2016 Federal Budget, he claims this policy is not retrospective, that is, it … [Read more...]

ALP to tax pension earnings above $75,000 a year, if wins election

Note: Based on the ALP’s own election documents, this policy will be applied retrospectively, and will apply to all super pension earnings above $75,000 a year, from 1 July 2017. The ALP claims this measure is not retrospective, that is, it only applies to superannuation pensions started from 1 July … [Read more...]

2016 Federal Budget summary: Superannuation shock for Australians

Note: For the latest updates on the 2016 Federal Election superannuation policies, from the three main political parties (Coalition, ALP, Greens), see regularly updated SuperGuide article 2016 Federal Election update: What superannuation and retirement policies can you expect?On 3 May 2016, the … [Read more...]

Super tax refund for lower-income earners to extend beyond June 2017

In a welcome backflip, as part of its 2016 Federal Budget release on 3 May 2016, the Coalition government has announced it will extend the Low Income Super Contribution (LISC) beyond its legislated expiry date of June 2017. The only change is that it will be renamed as the Low Income Superannuation … [Read more...]

Double contributions tax for more high-income earners

Note: Currently (and until 30 June 2017), anyone earning an adjusted taxable income of more than $300,000 pays an extra 15% tax (total of 30%) on concessional (before-tax) super contributions. In April 2015, the ALP announced an election policy to bring the income thresholds down to $250,000, and on … [Read more...]

Temporary Budget Repair Levy: More income tax for high-income earners until June 2017

Note: In the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition confirmed it would cease the TBRL as legislated, but the ALP has announced that it would re-introduce the levy if it won the 2016 Federal Election on 2 July. Previously, in rare bipartisanship, the ALP supported the Coalition’s decision to temporarily … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions cap for over-50s to be slashed from July 2017

On 3 May 2016, as part of the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition government has announced it intends to scrap the over-50s concessional (before-tax) contributions cap of $35,000, and reduce the general concessional contributions cap to $25,000, from its current $30,000, taking effect from July 2017. … [Read more...]