Downsizer Contributions – value for some is questionable!

In November 2017, legislation was passed that will allow certain individuals who sell their main residence to contribute up to $300,000 of the sale proceeds to superannuation without being constrained by the usual restrictions that otherwise apply to contributions including contribution caps and work requirements. The value of homes in most ...

Affordable housing – Is super the answer?

In its 2017 Budget, the Government announced several measures designed to ease the pressure on spiralling housing prices, particularly in the East Coast capital cities of Melbourne, Sydney and to a lesser degree, Brisbane. I was in Sydney recently on a personal visit and couldn’t help but notice the eye-watering prices ...

Has superannuation failed us?

For many older Australians, superannuation is a relatively new concept, having only been available to the masses since the mid-1980’s. Although ‘award based’ superannuation first appeared in 1985, the more formal compulsory superannuation guarantee system was introduced in 1992. Before becoming compulsory, employer sponsored superannuation was pretty much optional. Certainly, public ...

 

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