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Devil in the detail with Age Pension changes

New changes to the eligibility for the Age pension is due to come into effect on 1st Jan 2017.   With the state of the Federal budget in deficit,  one might argue that changes to the age pension are inevitable.

However, the fairness of the new rules will undoubtedly be something that many existing pensioners will question and I expect many people will adjust their spending plans once they figure out how the new rules will affect their pension entitlement.

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Superfund Partners is very proud to support the Sun, Surf & SMSF Seminar to be held on the Gold Coast in January 2016.

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6 reasons to update your SMSF trust deed

With the amount of changes to superannuation in the last five years it’s essential that your SMSF has a robust, good quality trust deed.

Although the rate of actual law changes has slowed in the last few years, there have still been numerous rulings, cases and new strategies developed which require an up to date SMSF trust deed to protect your interests and get the most from your SMSF.

Gold Coast SMSF Workshop: Estate Planning

For many people their SMSF will make up the largest part of their wealth as they move into their later years. This means just as much effort needs to be invested when it comes to ensuring SMSF assets go to who you want them to on death as other personally owned or business assets.

SMSF Workshop: Estate Planning (Brisbane)

For many people their SMSF will make up the largest part of their wealth as they move into their later years.

This means just as much effort needs to be invested when it comes to ensuring SMSF assets go to who you want them to on death as other personally owned or business assets.

SMSF advice: We’re here to help

A recent statistic from Investment Trends caught my eye:  40 per cent of SMSF trustees who stopped using an accountant in 2014 cited lack of access to a wider range of advice services and expertise. Is this because accountants don’t have the expertise or to deliver the right SMSF advice to trustees,

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Should my SMSF become a sophisticated investor?

Australia has relatively strong investor protection laws, and although they don’t always meet the public’s expectations, they typically ensure investors have access to appropriate disclosures and protection mechanisms when they invest or take financial advice. However there are certain exemptions (namely the sophisticated investor exemption) available to companies that issue investments or provide advice and SMSF trustees can unknowing be placed into a situation where they can’t access these protections.

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Using an SMSF unit trust to buy property with super

The following article on using an SMSF unit trust to buy property was written by Daniel Butler of DBA Lawyers and published in the Australian Financial Review on September 26; 2015. The original article can be found here: Beware when using a unit trust to buy property in your SMSF (AFR subscription may be required).

Is self-managed super right for you? – FREE WEBINAR

More and more Australians are taking control of their financial lives and accessing wider investment choice via a self-managed super fund (SMSF), however this is an area many of us still don’t fully understand.

Webinar: self-managed super (SMSF) – is it right for you?

In this webinar Chloe Ward,

SMSF rules changes for art and collectibles investments

There is currently a transition period in place for new rules that apply to any artwork or collectibles held by an SMSF, however this transition period is coming to an end at1 July 2016.

As a result of the Cooper in SMSFs review, rule changes have been implemented in relation to the requirements for the ownership of collectible and personal use assets by SMSFs.