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Annabelle Dickson
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New short-term rental rules force strategy rethink

Investors in residential property may have to rethink their revenue strategies, following the commencement of new short-term rental accommodation rules in New South Wales last month. The tightening of the rules in NSW follows a similar move in Victoria last…

AFCA sets benchmark for SMSF advice

If financial advice is provided to an SMSF it is important that the adviser consider both the personal circumstances of the members and of the fund itself, the ombudsman has ruled. A husband and wife, both directors of a self-managed…

Growth strategies stay on top of value

Growth managers continue to show their wares in the first quarter of 2020, holding up better than their value counterparts across Australian equity funds, declining only slightly less than the benchmark. The COVID-19-induced volatility over the first quarter led investors…

Bad debt charges to hit banks’ half year results

Significantly higher impairment charges will be a feature of the upcoming interim reporting season for three of the big banks and will continue to rise next financial year. Macquarie Securities has issued a report on the banking sector, saying: “We…

SMSF annual return deadline extended

The Australian Taxation Office has deferred lodgement of self-managed super fund annual returns. The ATO says returns due on 15 May and 5 June are now due on 30 June. The tax office says there is no need for a…

Super funds cushion the blow

Superannuation funds have held up well despite ongoing market volatility. Members are encouraged to hold on to their current option and avoid making “knee-jerk” reactions. Members have reaped the benefits of diversification with different portfolio options performing in line with…

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare seizes its moment

One of the shining lights in Australian equity portfolios during a very difficult March quarter was Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, a global leader in the manufacture of respiratory humidifiers. Demand for the company’s products, which are used in intensive care…

ATO’s SMSF rent relief needs to be fleshed out

The Australian Taxation Office needs to provide greater clarity about its announcement that it will not take compliance action if a self-managed super fund landlord gives a tenant a temporary rent reduction to a related party, a leading SMSF consultant…

Time for investors to diversify for dividends

Investors who are relying on bank stocks for dividends may need to look elsewhere as new measures mean they are likely to miss out on the equity income.

Commercial property’s defensive qualities missing

Australian real estate investment trusts (REITs), often considered a defensive component in a portfolio, suffered the biggest fall of any asset class in March, according to Morningstar’s review of returns for the month.

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