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Kids are staying home for longer, but when is a “dependant” really dependent?

Many adult children continue to stay in mum and dad’s house because it’s generally cheaper than the alternative and probably a lot more comfortable. Although many stay-at-home grown-up kids can most likely support themselves, the familial home in most instances can provide the higher standard of living. When is a “dependant” really dependent? But this

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SMSF trustees: Tread carefully with peer-to-peer lending investments

One investment option that has surfaced relatively recently, and that SMSF trustees may consider as a part of their strategy to grow their fund, is investing through peer-to-peer lending. Peer-to-peer lending involves an investor – a trustee of the SMSF in this case – providing funds to an online lending platform. This platform, which must

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A super legislative tsunami is heading our way

A super legislative tsunami is on its way The bills proposing changes to the superannuation system were introduced into Parliament last week, on November 9. The Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Bill 2016 (you can read the details here) contains the vast majority of the changes to the regulation and taxation treatment of

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Second tranche of super changes caps pension transfer balance

The government’s release of the second tranche of proposed superannuation changes, which covers concessional contributions, catch-up concessional contributions and removing the earnings tax exemption for transition to retirement income streams, also proposes introducing a general pension transfer balance cap. This will limit the amount of super a member can transfer to pension phase and enjoy

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Potential pitfalls over which SMSF trustees should step carefully

The continued solid growth in self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) indicates that plenty of Australians consider themselves at least as capable of successfully managing their retirement savings investments as the professionals (or perhaps more so). With returns from the bigger retail super funds not always impressive, the surge towards SMSFs is not expected to diminish.

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