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Review of SMSF advice rules needed

The tightening up of regulations covering financial advice has made it hard for trustees of…

Carry forward rule kicks in

Since the start of the financial year, super fund members have been able to use…

What stocks to hold to play the gold boom

Macquarie Securities’ commodities team issued a note last week saying it had raised its gold price outlook and that this had triggered earnings upgrades for the gold stocks it covers. It has re-rated a number of gold producers ‘outperform’. Macquarie…

What the neobanks have to offer

Neobanks are targeting Australians who are after a competitive savings rate and personalised banking products. Last week neobanks 86 400 and the newly licensed Xinja launched their product offerings and, unlike traditional banks, they operate solely from smartphone apps. 86…

Credit availability picks up for home buyers

Borrowers now have better access to mortgage credit, as banks loosen the tight lending standards of the past few years. But credit availability varies widely from lender to lender. Macquarie Securities’ latest mortgage shadow shopping exercise and broker survey found…

Buying a first home just got easier for some

First home buyers are one step closer to a discounted deposit after the Government introduced the legislation to implement the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme last week. The scheme will support 10,000 first home buyers each financial year, which barely…

Exploring simple corporate bonds

Financial services group Australian Unity has tapped the little-used simple corporate bond market, launching two new series bonds on the Australian Securities Exchange. The health insurer, fund manager, banker and retirement living group is seeking to raise a total of…

A-REITs are hot, so be careful

Fund manager SG Hiscock has shifted its listed property securities fund to a defensive stance, in response to the late cycle environment. Surprisingly, it favours retail REITs. Grant Berry, portfolio manager of the SGH Property Income Fund, says the A-REIT…

Contribution doubling strategy

Because concessional contributions to superannuation allow you to claim a tax deduction against personal income, they are a valuable entitlement for anyone wanting to minimise their taxable income. While the annual opportunity to make concessional contributions is restricted to just…