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About Mark Beveridge

As one of the founders of Superfund Partners, we started with a vision of building a SMSF administration service that did all the things that I wished for during my years of outsourcing to other accountants. We set about with a clean sheet of paper and open minds to build a service to enable all SMSF trustees - whether they be independent thinkers who control every investment decision, or those who collaborate with a financial planner - to have access to a high quality service at a very reasonable price. I am so proud of the awesome team of professionals that we have created at Superfund Partners. Personally I have 28 years of experience providing advice. I hold a Diploma of Financial Markets, a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and I am recognised as an SMSF Specialist Advisor with the SMSF Association.

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SMSF Diversification Strategy – are you on top of your obligations?

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,

Is your SMSF adequately diversified?

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.

Financial Market Update | March

Beware the Ides of March! The month of March lived up to its brutal reputation that all started on 15 March 44BC when Marcus Brutus stabbed Julius Caesar to death in the Roman Senate.  Red ink flowed during March like the blood of Caesar. However, despite the dramatic headlines,

Financial Market Update | February

The month of February finished up being almost flat, a surprise after the deep selloff early in the month.

Listed property, (local referred to as A-REIT’s and global as G-REITs) was down again on the rising interest rate curve. Although one never wants to stand in front of a freight train the value now emerging in listed property starts to look interesting at these levels. 

Financial Market Update: A review of December 2017

The month of December capped off a great year for investment markets.  Good returns with unusually low volatility provided ‘many happy returns’ for balanced and growth investors.

Australian fixed interest turned in a negative return, as longer term rates rose during the month. A widely expected rise in the US Federal Reserve rates pushed their Fed Funds rate up to 1.5%,

Financial Market Update: A Review of November’s Performance

The S&P/ASX200 Accumulation has now put in two solid months, following the October gain of 4.01% with another 1.64% in November. Twelve month returns are 14.61% almost double our expected annual 12 month returns of around 8.5%. This surge may have pulled forward some of the next twelve months expected gains.

Financial Market Update: A Review of October’s Performance

The S&P/ASX200 Accumulation index finally put in a surge in October, with a gain of 4.01% in the month, shaking off a 6 month malaise. Twelve month numbers are back up to 16.13% almost double our expected annual 12 month returns of around 8.5%.

 

Global Markets

Global markets also had a good month,

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Financial Market Update: A review of August’s performance

The Australian market had a fair month in August. Mark takes us through the performance across the board to prepare us for what’s to come.

Stockmarkets

The Australian market had a fair month in August, with the ASX 200 Accumulation Index posting a 0.71% return for the month,

Property Marketing update July 2017 (1)

Property Market Update July 2017

The property market, you will probably know that we don’t often comment on residential property. Due to it being such a heterogeneous asset class (the opposite to homogenous) there are pockets performing differently everywhere. However, given that most of us will have some exposure, we have included some observations from SQM Research to update you on the broader market.

Financial Market Update July 2017

After a big sell-off in May, (-4.01%) the S&P/ASX200 Accumulation index managed a small gain of 0.17% for the month of June.

That was better though than Global markets, where the MSCI World index (in Aust Dollars) lost 2.54% for the month.

Bond markets sold off during June as interest rates rose,