Home price rise rate doubles in a year


Property investment specialist Future Estate has reported the median dwelling price of all combined capital cities is now close to $520,000, reflecting a yearly increase of over $25,000. The 12-month rise in prop.. Read More

Annual returns get time extension


The ATO has announced a time extension will apply to SMSF annual returns relating to the 2017 financial year due to the changed reporting circumstances arising from the super reforms. The annual return of an SMS.. Read More

LRBA amendments poorly targeted


The SMSF Association has criticised a federal government proposal to make amendments to legislation in relation to limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBA). The association said the government’s propo.. Read More

XTB ends 2017 on strong note


Corporate bond investments provider XTB’s fixed-rate portfolios outperformed both the credit index and the comparative bond exchange-traded fund (ETF) market in 2017. The firm also said its funds under man.. Read More

Small-cap IPO rise hits fundraising


The market has experienced a significant shift in the past two years towards more initial public offerings (IPO) comprised of small-cap companies, putting a dent on funds raised. The HLB Mann Judd “IPO Wat.. Read More

Pension strategy can optimise falling markets


A superannuation specialist has suggested innovative pension strategies can allow SMSF trustees to use the super reform regulations to benefit from falling markets. Specifically, advisers who implement a stop-lo.. Read More

Vacancy rates jump in December


National residency vacancy rates increased in most cities across Australia in December, with material increases recorded in Sydney, according to SQM Research. Data released by the research house revealed Perth&r.. Read More

Market concerns over ETFs unwarranted


Accusations the exchange-traded fund (ETF) sector is creating an investment market bubble are unfounded and inaccurate, a financial services sector economist has said. “Obviously growth in ETFs around the w.. Read More

Outlook positive for global real estate


The global real estate asset class delivered modestly positive returns in 2017 and similar results are expected for the next 12 months. “Generally, global real estate investment trusts are trading at a disc.. Read More

Crypto-fund open for investment


Australian crypto-fund Apollo Capital has announced it is now open and accepting official investment applications. The fund, which began investing from 1 February, is an actively managed crypto-fund specialising.. Read More

Legitimate early release of super under review


Revenue and Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer has announced Treasury will review the rules controlling the early release of superannuation on severe financial hardship and compassionate grounds. The.. Read More