Today's Lead Article
| 18 Jun 2015
The most important financial indicator in the world is the US interest rate, which has been virtually zero for some time. It looks like that is about to change.
Mortgages v super, the battle of the giants
The two biggest pools of capital in the country are residential property and superannuation. The debate about whether the super contribution would be better used to pay off mortgages reflects that.
When is a retiree rich?
A million dollars may sound like a lot of money. But when you look at the income you get, especially in an environment of low interest rates, it is not.
| 15 Jun 2015 | Investing
Research is emereging that the retirment outcome for super savers varies greatly depending on market fluctuations. The aim should be to get a good result despite those fluctuations.
| 05 Jun 2015 | News
Half the population will not have enough, property caution, investing in China, global growth to slow, property bubble.
| 04 Jun 2015 | Investing
Dividend imputation is being criticised in some quarters as a tax lurk for investors. It is a very simplistic picture.
| 03 Jun 2015 | Investing
Brokers give differing views on the bank sector.
Staff reporter | 29 May 2015 | News
Super tax benefits exaggerated, discretionary trusts to be targeted by ATO, advisers and accountants preferred, 1 million SMSFs, Australian recession, why Chinese buy Australian property.
| 28 May 2015 | Super
Putting a commercial business into super is possible, but requires care.
| 27 May 2015 | Investing
There are indications that the US Federal Reserve will soon start to raise interest rates. It is a sign that the unique investment conditions caused by the GFC are starting to alter.
| 26 May 2015 | Investing
Banks have been the safe haven for SMSF investors. But they now dominate the ASX. Is it time to take a close look?
| 25 May 2015 | Investing
Buying Australian shares for their dividend yield has been a sound strategy for DIY super funds. But with earnings coming under pressure there may be some difficulties looming on the horizon.
Staff reporter | 22 May 2015 | News
Problems with projecting final outcomes, especially income in retirement; SMSFs move away from cash; Labor's tax slug worse than thought; Coalition's policy to hit middle income retirees; Australia's high tax burden and Portugal's negative interest rates.