Are you questioning your obligations and requirements aligning with your SMSF diversification strategy? The Australian Taxation Office has recently mailed around 17,000 SMSF trustees with a ‘please explain’ letter. The target was a batch of funds that have more than 90% of their assets in a single asset class.
In many uninformed sectors of the media there was a tendency to report the issue in such a way that implied that having a single asset,
Yes – your SMSF can invest in gold and silver bullion and other precious metals as part of your investment strategy however there are a number of rules that you must comply with. Importantly, an SMSF investment in gold or silver bullion valued entirely on the spot price of the precious metal.
The ATO has sent a letter titled ‘Is your SMSF investment strategy meeting diversification requirements’ to 17,700 SMSF trustees highlighting concerns with the lack of diversification and threatening an administrative penalty of $4,200 may be payable if your SMSF fails to meeting the diversification requirements under the relevant superannuation laws.
Did you get a letter recently from your super fund about protecting your super?
In February 2019, changes proposed in the 2018 budget became law, and if action isn’t taken then inactive superannuation accounts could lose their insurance. The changes are due to commence from 1 July 2019,
SMSF trustees need to truly understand diversification and better diversify their portfolios.
The benefits of a well-diversified portfolio are numerous but the key ones that SMSF trustees should focus on are the benefits of mitigating volatility and short-term downside investment risks, preserving capital and the long-run benefits of higher overall returns.
Balance and contribution caps are just part of the new regime.
There have been dramatic changes in the past few years – and more this July – to the administration, reporting and compliance of self-managed super funds, and it’s crucial that an SMSF trustee is up to speed on how they affect their fund.
A recent survey of SMSFs revealed that estate planning is the highest unmet need for advice, estimated to affect 59,000 funds which equates to about 10% of the total number of SMSFs in Australia. Given demographic trends and the continued growth of SMSF numbers in Australia, this advice gap looks set to rise over time.
How much superannuation should I have for my age?
As of July 2014, employers have been required to contribute 9.5% into superannuation, however individuals are able to contribute further.
According to The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia’s (ASFA) Retirement Standard,
If you have super with a default fund (i.e. the one your employer offered) you will have some form of life insurance, unless you have opted out. If you have researched and selected a superannuation fund specifically for yourself, you have probably been offered insurance. Either way life insurance and superannuation go hand in glove.