SMSF property: 5 must know rules

Owning property in your Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) can be both rewarding and challenging, writes Peter Hogan, MLC National Manager, SMSF Advice. Unlike owning property yourself, special rules apply to SMSF owned property, particularly residential property. Borrowing by your SMSF to invest in property also adds extra restrictions. The clear advantages of owning property…

Smart strategies… to get debt in order

Trustees of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs) looking to diversify their investment strategy may consider artwork as a viable alternative asset class. Artwork for such superannuation purposes includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, engravings, photographs and reproductions. There are several issues trustees should address before purchasing. There are rules which came into effect from 1 July 2011 which…

More obligations | Superannuation Funds | Life & Income Protection Insurance

An amendment to the Exposure Draft Superannuation Legislation was released by the government in December 2011. Known as the Exposure Draft Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Obligations and Prudential Standards) Bill 2012, this amendment added a number of covenants to the existing legislation document and increased the scope of obligations for trustees and licensees of superannuation…