Super & Retirement

Selling property to top up super balances

By Nick Renton AM There are many investment seminars being conducted at the present moment to deal with selling property to put into superannuation before 30 June 2007, but bear in mind that these are usually run by entrepreneurs with a vested interest in selling superannuation plans and other services of various sorts to investors,…

Making the super switch

Australians are notorious for their banking apathy – while we all whine about transactions fees and ATM charges, few of us actually take the time to find alternative arrangements. So when it comes to our super savings, is our failure to take a closer look at the products available, and the sometimes hidden costs of…

Why you should split super with your spouse

Until recently, the ability to split superannuation pots was a popular strategy for couples looking to reduce the amount of tax payable on their end benefits. But from 1 July 2007, the government’s Better Super changes mean that for the majority of people aged 60 or over, super paid as a lump sum or income…

How to beat the super doom and gloom

The rapid decline in global equity markets has stripped wealth from superannuation nest eggs in an investment environment that looks challenging for at least the next 12 months. The popular default options of the nation’s super funds are likely to return an average loss of 4 per cent for the 2007/08 financial year, according to…

Getting behind the DIY super wheel

Over a half a million Australians have decided to take control of their retirement destiny, by setting up a self-managed super fund (SMSF). And the number of DIY funds is only going to increase – and rapidly – with an estimated 1,500 new schemes being set up every month. In fact, the Australian Prudential and…

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