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Your super questions answered.

Can I give my money to kids and still get the age pension?

Questions from parents asking about gifting money to children have been quite common this year, say advisers.

  • John Wasiliev
The Australian Taxation Office occasionally “disqualifies” certain people,  which means they can never again be the trustee of an SMSF.

What happens if you make an illegal raid on super to ease tough times

More SMSF trustees are being caught out by the ATO illegally accessing their retirement savings – this is how they’re dealt with.

  • Meg Heffron
Airport codes aim to ease confusion.

IFM snares $3b deal for European mega-airport

The Australian investment manager shrugs off Europe’s infrastructure blues, teaming up with France’s Vinci to win a Polish tender worth as much as $3 billion.

  • Hans van Leeuwen

This Month

See which super funds rate the worst for retirement

Regulators have criticised the super industry for largely ignoring a new obligation to help members prepare for retirement.

  • Hannah Wootton and Joanna Mather
Jack Heath, chief executive of Philanthropy Australia.

Donating from super could raise $22b a year for charities

Making it easier and cheaper to leave super to charity could boost giving by as much as $22 billion a year, the peak philanthropy body has said, as it pushes for reform.

  • Lucy Dean
Kristina Keneally is the CEO of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Superannuation has become a wealth vehicle: Keneally

Former NSW premier and senator Kristina Keneally has ruled out a return to frontline politics and says Labor’s plans to double charitable giving needs more work.

  • Tom McIlroy

Super fund QSuper hands back keys to NYC office tower

QSuper has quit a big bet on Manhattan real estate as rising interest rates and falling vacancies spoil its global property interests.

  • Jonathan Shapiro
The government has emphasised that super is not an estate planning asset.

How to stop your super fund running out of money when you retire

‘De-risking’ your investment strategy is critical as you get older to retain your cash flow requirements and preserve the capital in your SMSF.

  • Ben Smythe
Super fund CEOs Paul Schroder (AustralianSuper), Debby Blakey (HESTA), Deanne Stewart (Aware Super), Vicki Doyle (Rest Super), Bern Reilly (Australian Retirement Trust) and Peter Chun (UniSuper) are actively engaging with company boards, which they say will improve the value of their investments.

Super fund CEOs put ASX on notice over workplace conditions

Industry super funds are using their $3.5 trillion asset pool to influence companies on decent work conditions, secure contracts and banning sexual harassment.

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  • Hannah Wootton
Boral and the broader cement and concrete industry are particularly vulnerable to climate change, investors say.

Greenwash clash as funds hit Boral board over lowered carbon targets

A group of funds led by HESTA and AMP are demanding Boral reinstate its 2030 emissions reduction target. Boral says that would be akin to greenwashing.

  • Hannah Wootton
Charles Emond says investors are overlooking two big risks for global markets because most have not experienced them before.

This investment giant says you’re underplaying two risks

The CEO of a $489 billion pension giant says investors don’t pay enough attention to stagflation and geopolitics. In a complicated world, “Australia stands out” for investors.

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  • James Thomson
Major banks and fintechs have been working with the RBA and DFCRC to develop use cases for a digital Australian dollar.

$A plunge boosts foreign equity position, RBA finds

The banks hedge their currency risk so extensively that Australia’s improved ledger has little real benefit to them.

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  • Jonathan Shapiro
Batteries are being added to two operating solar farms included in the platform backed by Aware Super.

Aware Super has $2b green plan to dodge energy grid logjam

The pension fund is backing a small-scale solar power and storage development venture that intends to avoid the roadblocks in the slow transmission build-out.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Retirement planning is notoriously difficult.

What a $3m retirement looks like in Australia

Whether it’s lavish overseas holidays with the family, or more modest travel destinations closer to home, there are retirement plans to suit every budget.

  • Duncan Hughes
Farmers may be forced to sell property if they have to pay tax on unrealised gains in the value of their farms.

SMSFs forced to sell to cover $3m super tax: study

Farmers and small business owners were particularly likely to be forced to sell assets to finance the tax, the study shows, with 13.5 per cent of affected SMSFs too illiquid to pay the tax without sales.

  • Hannah Wootton
Super funds’ industry body memberships and advertising spends will be scrutinised, such as their contributions to the well known industry super ‘compare the pair’ campaign.

What super funds spend on ads, donations, exec pay to be made public

APRA warned funds it wants to publish the data. It comes as, in the battle for members, funds launch bigger advertising campaigns and elite sport sponsorship.

  • Hannah Wootton
Running out of money is a common worry when people first retire.

Why the first five years are the most important in retirement

Stopping work is not the finishing line, but the start of an exciting life chapter. There’s important psychological and financial prep work to do first.

  • Tim Mackay
Treasurer Jim Chalmers has introduced a flurry of superannuation law reforms.

Crackdown for employers dodging super stapling laws

The government is also moving ahead with its plan to introduce payday super amid a flurry of law reform for the retirement income sector.

  • Hannah Wootton
Don Russell.

How ‘nation building’ can deliver competitive super returns

AustralianSuper’s Don Russell cites infrastructure as an area where the $3.5 trillion sector has helped modernise Australia without compromising on returns.

  • Hannah Wootton
In Victoria, there are more than 50,000 people and their families waiting for public housing.

Affordable housing generates $45,000 benefit for each tenant: study

The upside of improved travel times, more leisure spending and better productivity from affordable housing schemes could provide a $64 billion boost to the economy, an EY study for Aware Super found.

  • Hannah Wootton