Retail super fund members are misinformed, and they don’t know it

Many retail super fund members are misinformed about their super funds, and they don’t know it, research released by AIST has revealed. The research, commissioned by the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, found a “high level of confusion” amongst retail super fund members. While many retail fund members were confident,… Read More »Retail super fund members are misinformed, and they don’t know it

Isolated price rises, and low interest rates, putting pressure on retirees

Low interest rates, combined with rising costs in some areas, is putting pressure on retirement budgets. Costs for retirees were largely stable over the March 2019 quarter, according to the ASFA (Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia) Retirement Standard. The cost of the ‘comfortable’ retirement was up 0.1% for couples… Read More »Isolated price rises, and low interest rates, putting pressure on retirees
Superannuation legislation, Bills, Parliament

Priorities for superannuation policy post-election? Industry has some ideas

Now the election is over, what will be the Government’s superannuation policy priorities? The superannuation and financial services industry has started putting forward suggestions. Related: Liberal superannuation policy Policy stability supported by legislative objective The SMSF Association has called for policy stability, supported by legislating objectives for superannuation. Association CEO… Read More »Priorities for superannuation policy post-election? Industry has some ideas

ATO statistics contain “positive story” for SMSFs: SMSF Association

The SMSF Association says new superannuation statistics from the ATO “tell a positive story” about the SMSF sector. The ATO has recently released its statistical overview of SMSFs for 2016/17, based on SMSF Annual Returns, registrations and auditor reports. SMSF Association CEO John Maroney said: “These statistics reveal an SMSF… Read More »ATO statistics contain “positive story” for SMSFs: SMSF Association

AIST puts Labor ahead of Coalition on superannuation policy

The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) has scored Labor ahead of the Coalition in terms of superannuation policy, in a pre-election score card. AIST says that Labor’s policies will “more positive impact on superannuation and the retirement outcomes for most working Australians”. Labor superannuation policies AIST supports six out… Read More »AIST puts Labor ahead of Coalition on superannuation policy

At last, an answer to the $5 billion question: who gets the imputation cheques Labor will take away?

Written by Ben Phillips, Australian National University and Matthew Gray, Australian National University. Labor is banking on about A$5 billion per year from ending the cash payment of company tax refunds to dividend holders who don’t pay tax. It’ll exempt charities, non-profits, pensioners and part pensioners and other Australians on… Read More »At last, an answer to the $5 billion question: who gets the imputation cheques Labor will take away?

Stopping refunds of franking credits doesn’t target wealthy, Alliance claims

The Alliance for a Fairer Retirement System claims that Labor’s franking credit policy doesn’t target the wealthy, pointing to the number of people receiving franking credit refunds and taxable income figures, while their own analysis tells a different story. The Alliance – which was formed in response to Labor’s franking… Read More »Stopping refunds of franking credits doesn’t target wealthy, Alliance claims