• While a SMSF does give you more control over your finances, it also comes with the additional responsibility of researching, managing and being ultimately accountable for your retirement investments. This can mean a lot of extra work and, for newcomers to the sector, potential stress. The volatility and complexity of the share market means many investors also turn to property to balance their exposure to risk. read more

    • Are you considering setting up your own SMSF? You are not alone. The SMSF Association of Australia revealed there are more than 550,000 SMSF funds in Australia, making it the fastest growing superannuation sector read more

    • To be responsible for a SMSF is a complex and challenging task, but with commitment, knowledge and the right advice, the astute Investor has the potential to reap immense financial rewards. SMSFs deliver opportunities to accelerate financial growth and protect the value of your most important life investment—your retirement savings. read more

    • Purchasing property through your SMSF isn’t as easy as it is individually. Before 2007, you couldn’t borrow in a SMSF, which meant you had to have a large fund to be able to purchase property. Since then borrowing in a SMSF has made it easier for smaller funds to diversify and invest in the property market. There are obvious benefits in doing this – paying only 15% tax on taxable income; having an asset that provided it is sold when in retirement, incurs no capital gains tax. Even the benefit of being able to touch and see your investment appeals to many SMSF trustees. read more

    • The recent Financial System Inquiry recommended banning SMSFs from borrowing to invest in property. What would this mean for you as an investor, and what’s the likelihood it will materialise? Neil Howard explains. read more

    • If you are pursuing a safe and ongoing income source from your SMSF, now might be the time to buy an investment property. However, there are strict rules of investing in property through your SMSF. Read on to find out how to meet the requirements... read more