Work test exempt contributions (aka ‘last drinks contributions’) details now released

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In the 2018 May Budget, the Government announced the proposal to allow individuals who are recent retirees and who have attained age 65, to make last chance voluntary contributions by providing a one year exemption from the work test. This proposal will apply from 1 July 2019 to the 2019/20 and subsequent financial years. As […]

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Voluntary super contributions ease

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Voluntary superannuation contributions have eased slightly after approaching record highs as super members appeared to take a breather after riding the bull market of recent years. The latest data from superannuation research house SuperRatings reveals the average voluntary contribution over the course of the 2017 financial year was $1,054. This was a 10 percent decline […]

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CPD: Global themes in a tech driven world

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In a recent series of presentations to advisers in Australia, industry veteran Epoch’s CEO and co-CIO Bill Priest, discussed the new world order, in which bits replace atoms, tech is the new macro and companies need to evolve to stay relevant. Global businesses have arguably entered a period of unprecedented innovation and disruption, one where […]

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Over $5m in super released for first home buyers scheme

In the period from 1 July 2018 to 6 August 2018 taxpayers have made 1,449 requests to the ATO under the first home super saver scheme, FHSS. These are called FHSS Determinations to enquire as to the amount which can be currently released under the scheme. Requesting an FHSS Determination does not amount to a […]

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Vanguard expands ETF line-up offering low cost access to International Infrastructure and Global Small Companies

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Vanguard Australia has announced the upcoming launch of two new exchange traded funds (ETFs), offering investors exposure to International Small Companies and Global Listed Infrastructure, and further building out the firm’s range of broadly diversified low-cost ETFs. The Vanguard Global Infrastructure Index ETF (ASX:VBLD) and the Vanguard MSCI International Small Companies Index ETF (ASX:VISM), will […]

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Local Government Super adds to responsible investment credentials with highest GRESB score to date

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Local Government Super (LGS) has further cemented its position as a leader in responsible investment, receiving a 5-star rating and an overall score of 85/100 from the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) assessment. LGS ranked above the peer average of 81/100 and the global average of 68/100.  GRESB is an industry backed organisation committed […]

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State Street Global Advisors defines the formula for retirement happiness

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State Street Global Advisors, the asset management arm of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), has announced that it has defined a ‘formula for retirement happiness.’ In a new research paper, entitled The Global Retirement Reality Report: The Happiness Formula, State Street Global Advisors compares objective rankings of various retirement systems with qualitative results from a […]

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Can an SMSF lease residential property to a related party?

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“No” is probably the first answer that comes to mind but it is actually “maybe”, if we are to believe the full Federal Court in the judgement it handed down in the Aussiegolfa Pty Ltd (Trustee) v Commissioner of Taxation [2018] case last month. One of the issues the Court examined is whether the leasing of a […]

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CPD: The many diversification benefits of global equities

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Most investors understand the basics of diversification, or at least understand the adage ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket.’ However, many investors don’t understand the diversification benefits that arise from each and every asset class. Using global equities as an example, Perpetual explores the way an individual asset class can provide a range […]

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Why following the winner might make you a loser

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One of the most common investment strategies is to back last year’s winner. All too often investors pile into the best performing asset class of the last year in the hope that success will be repeated. But as the below table shows very rarely do asset classes consistently outperform and backing last year’s winner could […]

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