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How to get the most out of being a lounge lizard

Remember those days when television was black and white, and the ABC and three commercial channels (less in some states) were the only game in town. Today, it’s a smorgasbord of choice, with this article detailing some of the better options.

Matthew Sainsbury | 15th May 2024 | More
Ageism is the latest industry excuse to criticise SMSFs

From their inception, SMSFs have always attracted more than their fair share of criticism. Now it’s an ageing membership that’s being used to restrict their numbers.

Kevin Pelham | 23rd Apr 2024 | More
  • Retiring to warmer climes: Why the Gold Coast is sunnier than Florida

    When retirement looms, many look for a milder climate. In the US it’s Florida, and in Australia, it’s the Gold Coast. And the latter might just have more to offer.

    Jamie Nemtsas | 23rd Apr 2024 | More
    Six great books to help you overcome the anxiety of retirement

    Ending your working life and starting retirement can be stressful. To help you adjust to a completely new way of life, The Golden Times suggests these titles are well worth a read.

    Nicholas Way | 23rd Apr 2024 | More
  • SMSFs are becoming a byword for complexity

    The SMSF Association is taking up the cudgels for a more simplified SMSF sector, with Transfer Balance Caps, ISuper Balance and the rules overseeing the notice of intent to claim a tax deduction in its sights.

    Staff Writer | 17th Apr 2024 | More
    LRBAs and buying property: A guide for self-managed super funds

    LRBAs allow self-managed super funds to borrow money for property acquisition while protecting other assets. According to SMSF specialist Heffron, these investments offer growth opportunities, but following the rules is crucial.

    Staff Writer | 20th Dec 2023 | More
    No magic number: The price of a comfortable retirement

    While recent studies estimate the total savings needed for retirement at about $1 million, specialists caution against a one-size-fits-all approach, and many Australians could be “comfortable” on less.

    Staff Writer | 13th Dec 2023 | More
    ‘Alarming precedent’: SMSF group urges crossbench to reject super tax bill

    The proposed tax on super balances exceeding $3 million is still flawed and should not be legislated in its present form, the peak body representing self-managed superannuation funds said, imploring Senate cross-benchers to ice the bill.

    Lisa Uhlman | 6th Dec 2023 | More
    Building a legacy: Estate planning amid the Great Wealth Transfer

    Planning one’s legacy involves a series of strategic decisions to protect and distribute assets efficiently – and with a record $3.5 trillion set to change hands over the coming decade, it’s key to Australia’s future financial security. Here, we explore tips to help investors optimise their wealth transfer outcomes.

    Staff Writer | 29th Nov 2023 | More
  • Super cap could cost 50,000 SMSF members extra $80,000 in tax: Research

    The government’s plan to increase taxes on super balances above $3 million will have a costly impact on the SMSF sector, with thousands of members likely to face liquidity stress, according to new research from the University of Adelaide’s International Centre for Financial Services.

    Lisa Uhlman | 18th Oct 2023 | More
    ‘Bitterly disappointing’: SMSF group slams unrealised-gains tax

    The government’s plan to include unrealised capital gains in earnings calculations when it doubles the tax rate for super balances above $3 million is “flawed policy”, according to the SMSF Association. It says there’s an easy fix.

    Lisa Uhlman | 4th Oct 2023 | More
    Buyback reform may have ‘unintended consequences’ for SMSFs: DNR Capital

    The plan to align the tax treatment of off-market share buybacks with that of on-market buybacks puts smaller companies, self-funded retirees and retail investors at a disadvantage, according to portfolio manager Scott Kelly, who worries the proposed changes are “just the beginning”.

    Staff Writer | 27th Sep 2023 | More
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