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In our library, you will find the latest financial news, valuable insights and ideas, tips and tricks we've learnt over the years and other helpful educational pieces.

Superannuation

Making sure control of your SMSF falls into the right hands

1 February 2018
By Andrew Albury
There are a number of important elements that, when planned, implemented and reviewed correctly and regularly, work together to make a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) operate successfully. One of the most critical, and often overlooked, of these, is succession planning.

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How much is enough?

22 November 2017
By Andrew Albury
Life expectancies are increasing. Interest rates are sitting at historic lows, and look like they’ll stay there for some time yet. Many retirees rely on investment income to fund their retirement years. However, the current low return environment means retirement savings have to stretch further than ever before and the income provided by today’s low yields may not be enough. So how much is enough?

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Don’t forget about Small Business CGT Concessions

10 October 2017
By David Lloyd
We’re now a few months into the 2017-18 financial year and the much-discussed superannuation reforms have now been implemented, the most significant of which is the $1.6 million cap on all new and existing pension accounts. However, something we thought it worth touching on which may have been overlooked in the midst of all the changes is the use of Small Business CGT Concessions.

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Protecting yourself while helping your adult children

28 September 2017
By John Barton
As parents, much of our time, energy and money is directed towards ensuring our children have the best possible start in life, as well as providing them with the means to become productive members of society. However, as our children become adults and begin their own families, the focus tends to shift to securing our own retirement...

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Five money tips for young professionals

25 August 2017
By Alec Berry
We understand that as a young professional, you’re juggling a number of competing priorities, and that it can be difficult finding the time or headspace to think about your financial future. However, with age on your side, you are in a powerful position. We've shared five considerations to help get you started in building the foundations for your financial future...

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What happens to SMSFs if members go overseas?

12 July 2017
By David Lloyd
While living and working abroad can be an attractive option, there are a number of things to take into consideration beforehand. This includes SMSF compliance.

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10 super and tax planning tips for end of financial year

31 May 2017
By Renee Black
Here we share ten superannuation and taxation planning strategies you may want to consider in order to boost your retirement savings, maximise Government entitlements, avoid potential penalties and ultimately, reduce your tax payable before end of financial year.

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Federal Budget 2017 – Super

9 May 2017
Key points from the Federal Budget 2017 announcement, including the use of LRBAs to be included in a member's total super balance and transfer balance cap from 1 July 2018 ...

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Don’t let the super reforms unravel your estate planning

4 April 2017
By Andrew Proudfoot
There is now only 13 weeks left before the Government’s new super reforms kick in. This means, there is only 13 weeks left to rethink your super strategy and make any necessary changes to ensure you get the best financial outcomes and avoid potential penalties. Time is running out.

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Superannuation changes: what you need to know

20 January 2017
By David Lloyd
2017 is going to be a big year for superannuation. As end of financial year nears, we thought it worth outlining what changes you should make note of and what you can do to make sure you’re taking advantage of them before 1 July 2017.

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7 ways to kickstart 2017 – and make it your best financial year yet

6 January 2017
By John Barton
If there is one thing 2016 taught us, it is that peace of mind is a valuable thing. We are both excited and hopeful for the year to come and have shared 7 tips to help make 2017 your best financial year yet and to help you achieve peace of mind for the year to come, regardless of what events unfold this year.

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What the $1.6 million pension cap means for you

30 November 2016
By David Lloyd
As part of their controversial suite of proposed changes to superannuation put forward in May, the Coalition announced a cap of $1.6 million on all existing and new pension accounts. Last week, these changes passed through Parliament and are now Law.

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$500,000 non-concessional lifetime cap to be scrapped

15 September 2016
In a monumental turnaround, the Federal Government has today made major changes to its superannuation package by dumping highly controversial plans for a $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions.

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Small win for SMSF trustees sets the scene for further Budget review

22 July 2016
Since the handing down of the Federal Budget in May we have been working closely with a number of SMSF advocacy bodies, including SISFA (of which I am a Director and MGD a founding member) and SMSF Owners’ Alliance, to ensure any proposed changes to SMSF policy translate into level-headed fair regulation.

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ATO extends deadline for SMSF borrowing arrangement

14 June 2016
The ATO has announced that it is allowing SMSF trustees additional time to ensure that any limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) that their fund has are on terms consistent with an arm’s length dealing, or alternatively are brought to an end. The previously announced 30 June deadline has now been extended to 31 January 2017.

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Federal Budget 2016 – Superannuation Update

20 May 2016
The budget contained a number of important changes to the superannuation system, including retirement income streams and tax changes. The announced changes took everyone by surprise and it is important that you discuss your particular situation with your adviser and how these changes may affect you.

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Taxation & superannuation planning for year end 2015-16

20 May 2016
With 30 June 2016 rapidly approaching, now is the time to review your financial position and consider any superannuation and tax-effective strategies that might be appropriate for you.

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