It’s tempting for SMSF investors to switch from passive investments to actively managed strategies when markets are volatile and falling. But it’s more important than ever to work out the right trade-off between performance and fees to help preserve precious capital.
There’s plenty of information out there on how to create an investment strategy in retirement. But have you ever wondered how retirees actually invest?
Accurate asset valuation is integral to ensuring SMSF compliance with super legislation. SMSF assets must be valued at their current market value. SMSF trustees can take responsibility for valuing many types of assets if they wish, or they can use the services of independent professional valuers.
A health check of your SMSF’s investment strategy could help improve your fund’s performance.
One of the great benefits of an SMSF is it can buy the commercial property used by your business, with the fund becoming your landlord. But how do you go about organising a loan and rental arrangement that keeps the tax man happy?
The top performers over the last calendar year were International Shares, Australian shares, Global Listed Infrastructure, Global Listed Property and Australian Listed Property. However, all asset classes produced positive returns with cash bringing up the rear.
The concept of ‘arm’s length’ is familiar to businesses the world over. To ensure business transactions are conducted at commercial market values buyers and sellers must act independently, without colluding and without one party influencing the other. So how does this concept apply to your SMSF?
Most super fund members are familiar with the process of making contributions to their super account. However, they may be less familiar with the process of transferring an asset such as property or shares in or out of their fund without any money changing hands. We take a look at the pros and cons of in specie transfers relating to SMSFs.
If you’re a member of a big super fund, chances are you are a part-owner in an airport, a pipeline or a major shipping port. So why have super funds embraced infrastructure and what’s in it for you as a super fund member?
Shares at record highs and interest rates at record lows. One of the defining aspects of 2019 was the flight to higher risk assets in pursuit of higher returns.
An SMSF is no different to a fitness, diet or a savings plan, in that a few days dedicated to making sure it is in order for the year ahead will reap benefits over the next 12 months. So what are some of the things that you should be resolving to do for your SMSF in 2020?
When it comes to delivering a good investment return to their fund members, super funds mix a variety of investment assets and structures together. To understand what your super fund is doing on your behalf, it’s worth learning a little more about these investments – particularly whether they are listed or unlisted.
Self-managed super funds are still growing both in number and in assets. Yet, despite the popularity, the average trustee of an SMSF has only a vague understanding of the difference between those funds and public offer funds, which include retail funds and industry funds. Here, Noel Whittaker clarifies the differences.
What’s your risk profile and why is it key to one of the most important decisions you can make when it comes to boosting your super account?
There’s debate in the SMSF sector as industry stalwarts question figures published by ASIC that suggest it costs $13,900 a year to run a DIY fund.