The ability of an SMSF to leverage an advantage has nothing to do with tax avoidance; it is simply a function of the legal structure of the super fund, writes Gordon Mackenzie.
With Australia’s property market heating up, Helen Hodgson asks what role self-funded superannuants have played in the price rises.
Without a return to a more stable distribution of investment returns, many people will find they reach retirement without much of the money they thought they would have, writes John Evans.
Those keen to address the gender imbalance in superannuation might want to keep sex out of the equation and instead boost the savings of low earners and informal carers, argues Rafal Chomik.
Low income workers will suffer under a Coalition pledge to discontinue a superannuation top-up scheme directed at those earning less than $37,000 a year, writes Helen Hodgson.
Retiring should be happening later, not earlier, and and we should use the policy levers we have to make this happen, writes John Piggott.
It will take more social change and policy intervention to help women close the gap in working life as well as retirement, writes Rafal Chomik.
Separating superannuation taxes from personal income tax makes tinkering with pension tax tempting for governments, writes John Piggott.
Too many Australians whinge about government handouts to the less fortunate, but see nothing wrong with pocketing billions from the state, argues Dr Mark Rolfe.
The global financial crisis may have changed investor behaviour but the appetite for risk is still strong, particularly among those close to retirement, new research finds.