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White noise: Great for babies, not so good for investors

White noise is broadly defined as the combination of sounds of all different frequencies together, typically being used to mask other sounds. Among the most common uses of white noise is to help babies (and adults) sleep without background noise. Whilst highly powerful for this purpose, one could easily make the opposite conclusion when it…

Drew Meredith | 13th May 2022 | More
Superannuation returns hit by volatility 

A bounce in share markets in March supported superannuation fund performance in the first quarter of 2022. However, with inflation concerns mounting, global share markets remain volatile, including the hard US share market, which is likely to dent superannuation returns for the current financial year.  Superannuation research house SuperRatings found the median balanced option rose…

Nicki Bourlioufas | 29th Apr 2022 | More
  • Minimum pension reduction offers opportunity for growth

    Among the Federal Budget proposals that received the least fanfare was the extension of the ‘temporary’ relief on the minimum drawdowns for account-based pensions. Whilst the media attention on the legislative change immediately highlights the fact that it benefits the wealthy more than the rest, it affords an entire generation of Australians greater flexibility. Few…

    Drew Meredith | 6th Apr 2022 | More
    Balanced super fund returns hit 10 per cent

    Australian super funds continued their incredible run of positive investment returns, with the median growth industry fund recording a double digit return once again. This markets the tenth straight year of positive results from the sector, and superannuation in general, that is central to funding the retirement of all Australians. Given the predictions of doom…

    Drew Meredith | 2nd Feb 2022 | More
  • SMSF legal disputes on the rise

    Most people are well aware of the many benefits of family trust and self-managed super fund (SMSF) structures, but less so about the potential drawbacks. That is something reflected in the surge in legal disputes between trustees of both structures thus far in 2021, according to Marie Brownell, national manager of estate planning at Equity…

    Drew Meredith | 10th Dec 2021 | More