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Superannuation

SMSF regulatory update

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO), as self-managed super funds (SMSFs) regulator, has recently announced it will contact approximately 17,700 SMSF trustees in relation to their investment strategy. This is due to growing concerns that some SMSFs are invested in an overly concentrated manner, typically with real property. The ATO statement can be found here. The ATO…

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What the election outcome means for you?

The federal election is done and dusted, and the Coalition Government has been given another three years in power. How will this outcome affect Australians’ finances? What will change – and what won’t – when it comes to policies affecting people’s money? Can we expect any surprises? The Coalition Government staying in power will largely…

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Superannuation: Too important to ignore

Superannuation is the one thing you could do for your financial future this year, that could make a big difference to your retirement income. But how much do you really need? That’s a big question. As we know, everyone’s needs are different, unexpected expenses just crop up and none of us know how long we…

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Smart super strategies for this EOFY

Want to help boost your retirement savings while potentially saving on tax? Here are five smart super strategies to consider before the end of the financial year. 1.   Add to your super – and claim a tax deduction If you contribute some of your after-tax income or savings into super, you may be eligible to…

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Federal Budget

How will the Federal Budget affect you? This year’s Federal Budget is an ‘election budget’ with future tax cuts for all Australians, especially low and middle income earners. Overall, there were minimal changes to super proposed in the Budget, with minor changes to super contributions for older Australians. We’ve summarised some of the key points…

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Save through super for your first home

A new scheme may help you make your dream of owning a home come true. Property prices in some parts of Australia have made owning a home unattainable for many prospective first‑time buyers. But the First Home Super Saver scheme, passed by the Australian Government back in December 2017, may help keep their dream of buying their first…

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Financial New Year’s resolutions for peace of mind

You know all those niggling anxieties about your finances that often lurk somewhere in the back of your mind? You know the ones… Do I have enough insurance cover? Is my super organised properly? Am I paying too much on the 32,496,357 bills that seem to keep flooding my inbox every month? It’s time to…

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Smart super strategies for this EOFY

Want to help boost your retirement savings while potentially saving on tax? Here are five smart super strategies to consider before the end of the financial year. 1.   Add to your super – and claim a tax deduction This financial year, there are new rules about who can claim a deduction for personal (after tax)…

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Why should I care about lost super?

Did you know there is about 14.8 million Australians with a superannuation account, 40% of which hold more than one account? Some of that 40% make up the $18 billion in ‘lost super’. Is some of that yours? Find it Moved house? Changed jobs? Don’t know where your teenage self stashed your super? It’s easy…

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