Second straight monthly loss for super members as volatility becomes the new normal

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Super members have suffered their second straight month of negative returns and are now firmly in the red for the financial year as market volatility and political uncertainty weighs on market sentiment. Nonetheless, super members remain well ahead over the long term with $100,000 invested ten years ago in any number of funds still worth […]

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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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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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Don’t panic! What superannuation is teaching the post-GFC world

Ten years since the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers, Australia’s superannuation funds have accumulated over $1 trillion in retirement savings, providing a windfall for members prepared to take a long-term view. According to data from leading superannuation research house SuperRatings, members with a balance of $100,000 at the end of August 2008, just days […]

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Excess transfer balance determinations now being issued by ATO

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The ATO determines whether a taxpayer has exceeded the transfer balance limit of $1.6m and if a taxpayer has exceeded the $1.6m limit, the ATO must issue an excess transfer balance determination (ETB determination) to the taxpayer. An ETB determination means the taxpayer has too much super in pension phase. The ETB determination will specify […]

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Australia ranked 6th globally for retirement outcomes in 2018 Natixis Global Retirement Index

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Australian retirees’ wellbeing is again ranked 6th in the world for the third year running, according to new research from Natixis Investment Managers. Australia’s ranking is largely attributed to an improvement in the “Finances” sub-indices, and stability in the “Health” and “Material Wellbeing” sub-indices, where it ranked 4th, 13th, and 21st respectively. The 2018 Global […]

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UniSuper reduces admin fee to boost retirement savings of casual and young members

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UniSuper, the $72 billion super fund for the higher education and research sector, has announced a significant reduction in its annual administration fee, further lowering the cost of superannuation for over 100,000 members. From 1 October, UniSuper will replace its standard annual $96 fixed administration fee on its accumulation products with an annual fee of the […]

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Life after accumulation: Vanguard launches suite of retirement research

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Vanguard has launched a new suite of research aimed at helping Australians plan for a comfortable retirement. Vanguard’s Investment Strategy Group has developed tools which can assist investors and their advisers compile a comprehensive retirement plan, and execute a sensible spending strategy, to ensure income endures throughout their retirement years. The research spans three new […]

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