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We take a visual look at the latest trends in SMSFs.

After a record year, trustees think equity markets still have room to run.

Putting the right steps in place can minimise the risk of costly disputes, writes Anthony Fensom.

Industry experts react to the federal government's major shake up of superannuation policy.

The Government calls 'Your Future Your Super' the most significant reforms since the start of compulsory super. Stapling has benefits and we should remove poor funds, but performance comparisons are difficult. 

A return to normality brings with it an increase in the cost of enjoying a ‘comfortable’ retirement, writes Anthony Fensom.

Take advantage of opportunities and avoid a knock on the door. Here are 25 items to check.

The Budget handed down  this week delivered many welcome changes to superannuation. However, they are subject to legislation and at best, the start date will be 1 July 2022.

The rules around contributions and fund governance are changing.

Many self-funded retirees will outlive their savings as most men and women now aged 65 will survive at least another 20 years. Compare your spending with how much you earn to see how long your money will last.

Several superannuation thresholds will be indexed from 1 July 2021, and it's critical to check the new opportunities to put more into the tax advantages of super. Some of the calculations are tricky, others easy.

Calculating your own inflation rate is better than using a blunt measure like CPI, writes Christine Benz.

We compare different strategies for generating cash flows, from pure total return to income-centric approaches to annuities.

A review can boost your savings and help shield you from oncoming volatility, writes Anthony Fensom.

The solutions to retirement problems are obvious. All we need are 'efficiency' and 'flexibility'. Learn what these two words mean and the future of superannuation policy is clear. Just don't tell Paul Keating.

These common trouble spots can catch retirees off guard (who don't plan for them).

Administration costs can rise for complexity, especially owning property in an SMSF, but fees are highly competitive from a wide range of service providers. The break-even cost is less than previously reported.

The trick is to avoid ending up in your twilight years with too much money that you wished you’d enjoyed earlier, writes Anthony Fensom.

The Retirement Income Review goes much further than an innocent-sounding 'fact base', and is sure to guide policies in the run up to the next election. It will change how we think about retirement incomes.

The 4 per cent withdrawal rate in retirement is an industry standard, where a retiree can expect not to run out of money. Its creator, Bill Bengen, explains its use to Michael Kitces. 

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