The Greens have announced a policy of banning superannuation funds from borrowing to invest in property. The Greens banking and finance policy says: “The Greens would also follow the recommendation of the Murray inquiry and prohibit superannuation funds from direct borrowing to invest in housing. This recommendation was ignored by the government despite the warning that… Continue reading Greens want to ban super funds from borrowing for property
The Government’s decision not to ban SMSF borrowing, as recommended by the Financial System Inquiry, has been welcomed by professional bodies.
The Federal Government has said that SMSF Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements (LRBAs) won’t be banned, as part of the response to the Financial System Inquiry (FSI). The Government has not accepted the recommendation of the Financial System Inquiry to ban most forms of super fund borrowings, including SMSF LRBAs. “While the Government notes that there are… Continue reading Government won’t ban SMSF LRBAs, responds to FSI
Of all the superannuation related Financial System Inquiry recommendations the one for a legislative objective for the superannuation system appears to be the least controversial, with widespread support from a range of organisations.
Instead of being banned SMSF borrowing arrangements should be reformed says SISFA, the Self-managed Independent Superannuation Funds Association. The final report of the Financial System Inquiry (FSI) recommended a prospective ban on most forms of direct leverage by superannuation funds, including SMSF Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements (LRBAs)
It appears increasingly likely that the Government will not adopt the recommendation of the Financial System Inquiry to ban most forms of direct leverage by superannuation funds, including SMSF Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements (LRBAs).
The Financial Service Council (FSC) says that, though SMSFs should be banned from direct borrowings, large super funds should retain the right to borrow through unit trust structures, in a submission in response to the final report of the Financial System Inquiry (FSI).
Consulting firm Mercer has called for default superannuation funds to be removed from industrial awards, to “free up competition.” “Mercer believes the superannuation default fund requirements in Modern Awards should be removed,” said the submission in response to the final report of the Financial System Inquiry.
The Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA) has recommended the Government amend the SIS act so that SMSFs can only borrow to purchase “listed and widely held assets or units,” not real estate. AFMA, which represents banks, stockbrokers and other participants in the financial markets, says this would preserve the intention of the 2007 changes, which… Continue reading SMSF LRBAs should be restricted to securities, says AFMA
NAB says extending choice of super fund to all employees, as recommended by the final report of the Financial System Inquiry, is “crucial to increase competition” in the superannuation system. NAB is also, broadly, supportive of the other superannuation-related recommendations of the Financial System Inquiry (FSI), in a submission on the final report.