There is always a lot of discussion about how much money you need to start a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF). The decision all too often seems to centre around the one-dimensional aspect of fees. The answer, though, is not so straight forward. Starting an SMSF to save fees is akin to starting a restaurant […]
What is asset allocation? Asset allocation is the process by which you decide what proportion of your portfolio is invested in each specific asset class, including equities, fixed interest, property, cash and alternative investments. Research has shown that the asset allocation decision is the most important factor when it comes to explaining long-term performance of an […]
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released its Quarterly Superannuation Performance report on 22 August 2013. The report, which can be found here, reports the total invested in Australian Superannuation assets now totals $1.62 trillion. As of June 2013, APRA reported that self-managed superannuation funds accounted for largest proportion of total superannuation assets (31.3%), followed by […]
Assuming you already understand the limitations and legalities around borrowing to buy an asset inside your SMSF, it is important to understand what lenders are looking for when you apply for an SMSF Loan. This understanding can speed up the loan approval process and ensure you don’t get caught short just before settlement. In this article we […]
Corporate Super – How do you make it work for employees?
By David Baruffi, Director & Financial Advisor Corporate Superannuation is often seen by servicing advisors as a relatively passive exercise. However we have found that many employees report being disengaged from their Corporate Superannuation plan and do not understand the various benefits on offer as part of their Corporate Superannuation arrangement. Engaging employees in a […]
Self-Managed Super Fund Administration – get it right!
By David Baruffi, Financial Advisor Self-Managed Super Funds are usually established so members can take more control of investing their superannuation monies. However establishing an SMSF to gain control of investing your super brings the responsibility of administering the fund. Investing the money and administering the SMSF are two completely separate tasks and need two […]