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Who made January the first month of the year

All / 06.12.2018

Who made January the first month of the year

A new year is a time to look forward and plan new ventures and goals. But why does the New Year start in January? It hasn’t always been this way. So, where did our calendar originate?

The Ancient Egyptians developed one of the earliest calendars and started the New Year in the northern hemisphere’s spring. This seemed appropriate as new life emerged from the darkness of winter.

But then in 46 BC the Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar, came along. He and his scholars tinkered with the Egyptian calendar and created the Julian year. When you rule a large part of the world, you can do what you like with someone else’s calendar and they established a 12-month year starting with January.

The first six months were named after Roman gods, goddesses and a feast. The next two were named after Roman emperors. They ran out of ideas for the last four months so they reverted to the early Roman calendar and named them after the number of the month in the that calendar.

January After Janus the god of the sun – new year and new beginnings

February A Latin feast of purification held on the fifteenth

March After Mars the god of war

April After the Greek goddess of love, Aprhrodite

May After the Greek goddess of spring, Maia

June After goddess Juno, the Queen of the gods

July After Julius Caesar (of course!)

August After Augustus, the first Roman Emperor

September The seventh month of the early Roman calendar (sept is Latin for 7)

October The eighth month (oct is Latin for 8)

November The ninth month (novem is Latin for 9)

December The tenth month (decem is Latin for 10)

In the ensuing five hundred years, various people modified the Julian calendar, and as Europe became more united there was a need for a consistent system. Pope Gregory XIII established the Gregorian calendar in 1582 and kept January as the first month. We still use his calendar today.

Of course, the Romans are not the only ones who developed a calendar. The Hindu calendar celebrates New Year or “Diwali” in October/November and the Jewish New Year or “Rosh Hashanah” is celebrated in September/October. The Chinese New Year is in January/February.

And a little more trivia to end on – did you know that a common year (not a leap year) is 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds long – or 365.242199 days?

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers – please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.

Disclaimer
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances
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Ethical Investing – putting your super where your heart is

All / 29.11.2018

Ethical Investing – putting your super where your heart is

Millennials – take a bow.

Not only are you concerned about how your super is invested, you are more likely than other age group to act on your beliefs when choosing a super fund.

Research commissioned by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) reveals that 75% of Millennials prefer to invest in a responsible super fund than one that only considers maximising financial returns. Well ahead of Gen X on 66% and Baby Boomers on 68%.

Across all demographics, the proportion of people who would rather invest in a super fund that “considers the environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues of the companies it invests in and maximises financial returns”, as opposed to a fund that focuses solely on maximising returns, has risen by 27% since 2013.

That’s a pretty strong trend which sends a clear message not only to superannuation and investment fund managers, but also to the wider corporate community – people care about more than just profits. They also want their investments to contribute to the greater good.

What makes an investment ethical?

Ethical investment funds may use positive screens to select companies that are doing ‘good’ things, or negative screens to exclude companies doing ‘bad things’. Or they may do a bit of both.
There are, of course, different views as to what is ‘ethical’. Someone with strong religious convictions may be interested in a very different range of investments than someone with deep environmental concerns. Typically, though, ethical funds tend to avoid investing in companies involved in weapons manufacture, alcohol, tobacco, gambling or fossil fuels while favouring renewable energy companies, sustainable technologies or healthcare.

Even then it can be difficult to decide if a particular company is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Many people avoid investing in companies that mine uranium, but those same companies may also extract the materials needed to build wind turbine towers. Or a bank that finances coal mines may also lend to solar farms and energy efficiency projects.
Given the wide range of ethical considerations, you may need to do some in-depth research to find the fund or funds that best match your values.

Is your fund doing the right thing?

While you may have an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude to your super, it’s important to remember it’s your money and you get to choose where and how it’s invested. Start with your fund’s website or disclosure documents and look for the environment, social and governance section.
Most large super funds offer a range of investment options, only some of which may match your idea of ‘ethical’. However, there may be a direct share option, allowing you to construct your own portfolio of shares in companies that are compatible with your values. Or you may look to the increasing number of investment managers that apply ethical filters across their entire range of funds.

Advice moves with the times

Fortunately, it’s becoming easier to track down the investment funds that suit you with advisers more switched on than ever to the needs of the ethical investor. Talk to yours about the issues that are important to you so they can help you invest your super where your heart is.

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers – please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.

Disclaimer
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances
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How to protect yourself from being scammed

All / 22.11.2018

How to protect yourself from being scammed

Since the earliest days of commerce there have always been people prepared to commit fraud against others. With easy access to millions of people via the internet, modern fraud has increased the opportunities for the bad guys and heightened the risk for the innocent.

We are all interested in making a better return on our investments but who can we really trust?

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), the government body with a charter to protect consumers, has a most helpful website at www.scamwatch.gov.au with tips to assist Australian small businesses and consumers, and lists of scams they have uncovered.

The federal government has an online service called “Stay Smart Online” at www.staysmartonline.gov.au. You can sign up for the email alerts that provide details of the latest scams doing the rounds and what to do if you are targeted, either online, by phone or via the post.

The Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) warns that financial scams tend to look realistic and are presented professionally. Scammers often go to a lot of trouble to:

  • print attractive documents and set up a professional looking website;
  • choose names that sound similar to reputable companies or organisations;
  • convince you with a persuasive story using the names of professional brokers or investment managers.

Some of the clues to look out for include offers with a much higher return than genuine investments. Some offer 20% a year, others may go to 200% or even more. Many scams state that financial success is easy and risk isn’t a problem.

Then again it could be a “secret offer”, “inside information” or “new techniques”. There is always some feature to make you feel like you will have an edge over other people. Scams get dressed up as an opportunity and scammers will create a sense of urgency with “don’t miss out”, “act quickly” or, “hurry, before it’s too late”.

Start your research by first checking if the person or company making the offer is domiciled in Australia and operating under a licence issued by ASIC.

These days, websites are like phone numbers – anyone can have one. Don’t get caught by the unscrupulous. Check with ASIC or a licensed financial adviser before doing anything – or better still, just ignore the “magic offer”.

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers – please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.

Disclaimer
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances
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Money and love: how to make it work

All / 15.11.2018

Are you and your partner financially compatible? A marriage between a saver and a spender comes with its problems, but nothing true love can’t overcome – right?

According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), household finances are among the main reasons couples argue.

When Anna met Tony they planned a life together. They rented an apartment and Anna cashed in her $35,000 investment portfolio to fund their wedding and honeymoon.

Savings-focused Anna was now keen to save for a house. Conversely, Tony loved spending and was content to continue renting.

Despite their differences, they opened a joint savings account, and using MoneySmart’s compound interest calculator, Anna worked out the following:

Initial deposit $1,000
Fortnightly contribution $500
Interest rate 2.65%
Total after 5 years $70,563

 

They decided that Anna would pay the utilities bills and Tony would pay the rent. Anna engaged a financial adviser who created a budget to keep them on track. Additionally, the adviser suggested couples’ health insurance and combined car insurance policies to save extra dollars.

Anna stuck to their budget, saving each fortnight while meeting her obligations. Tony, prioritising differently, continued his spending lifestyle.

Five years later, they had only Anna’s savings and an eviction notice for unpaid rent. They were arguing constantly but when Tony suggested they should have used Anna’s original investment as a deposit instead of paying for the wedding, it was all over.

Anna was shocked to discover the money she’d saved was jointly Tony’s and that she was partly responsible for the outstanding rent as the lease was in both names.

It’s a frequent scenario causing Binding Financial Agreements (pre-nups) to become common in Australia. The Family Court of Australia reports that pre-nups can be made at any time providing both parties are signatories.

Would a pre-nup have helped Anna?

As soon as the marital cracks appeared, Anna could have initiated a pre-nup to protect herself, as long as Tony agreed.

To avoid financial disagreements, MoneySmart suggests that couples discuss four important points.

  1. Current situation: Review each other’s income/expenses and assets/liabilities.
  2. Goals: Will you buy a house, start a family? Agree in advance then discuss budgeting strategies to pay off existing debt and begin saving.
  3. Spending/saving: Understanding one-another’s financial attitude makes it easier to find common ground. Be prepared to compromise.
  4. Financial control: Will one handle the household finances or will you do it jointly? Both must be happy with the decision and keep communication open.

After the divorce, Anna worked with her adviser to start afresh. She took out income protection insurance in case she was unable to work, made a Will, and instructed her super fund to set up a binding nomination, naming her niece as her beneficiary.

Marriage incompatibility is not limited to young couples. The ‘silver-splitter’ phenomenon of older divorces is increasing and Australia Bureau of Statistics figures demonstrate that in 2016 the average divorce age was 44.2 years, slightly up from 2015.

You’re never too young, or too old, to protect yourself. And these days, as we’re all living longer, a little forward-planning can only be a good thing. It might not sound romantic, but involving your financial adviser early in a relationship, could save a lot of heartache later on.

 

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.

 

Disclaimer
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances.

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Generational Risk Management

All / 15.11.2018

Personal risk management is a critical foundation stone of any financial plan. The key personal insurances are:

  • Life insurance. This pays a lump sum benefit when you die.
  • Total and permanent disability insurance (TPD). A lump sum is paid if you meet the policy definition of being totally and permanently disabled.
  • Income protection (IP) insurance. If, after the selected waiting period, you are unable to work due to injury or illness, depending on your policy you will receive a regular income either until you can return to work or the end of your selected benefit period.
  • Trauma insurance. Also called recovery insurance, trauma insurance pays out a lump sum if you suffer from one of the medical conditions specified in your policy.

Each of these insurances plays an important but different role in protecting you and your family from the financial consequences of death or disability, and the appropriate mix of cover depends to a large extent on where you are on your journey through life.

Carefree 20s

Good job, no kids or other dependants? Why do you need insurance? Well, even in your 20s illness or injury can strike, and any prolonged periods off work can have a huge impact on your current lifestyle and financial future.

Income protection is the key insurance in the ‘carefree’ 20s. Trauma and TPD could useful add-ons. But as soon as you have children, or significant debt, life insurance should also be considered.

Indebted 30s

Typically this is the decade of buying a home and starting a family. Life and income protection insurance remain the top priorities. However, trauma and TPD insurance should now be seriously considered, particularly for full-time homemakers who are not eligible for income protection cover.

It’s also worth exploring if young children can be added to a parent’s policy to provide serious illness cover. This can help if a parent has to give up work to care for a child (income protection insurance doesn’t cover this), and also assist with meeting out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Consolidating 40s

With years to go before the mortgage is paid off, and young children turning into expensive teenagers, the same risk management priorities apply as to the Indebted 30s. A homemaker returning to employment should spark an insurance review.

Fabulous 50s

The mortgage is under control, the kids are becoming independent (hopefully) and you’re starting to build a serious investment portfolio. However, with this decade often being the peak earning period it remains important to protect your biggest asset – your ability to earn an income. And until you reach the point of true financial independence, life, TPD and trauma insurance should all be part of the mix. It’s important to keep in mind that as you get older the likelihood of claiming against your insurance increases significantly.

Another important issue to consider: do your now independent adult children have adequate personal insurance cover? If not, should they become ill or disabled, you may end up having to help them out financially, thereby impacting on your future plans. If they are unable to pay for adequate cover themselves, a better option might be to assist by paying their insurance premiums.

Triumphant 60s 

You’ve made it! While we are working later into life the 60s remains the popular decade for retirement. It delivers financial independence to many, and it may seem that there is little justification for maintaining personal insurance cover. However, many policies are renewable until age 65 or 70, and with the growing risk of death or serious illness, maintaining some level of cover may provide additional peace of mind. With premiums often ramping up rapidly later in life, it’s a matter of finding the right balance between the cost and the potential benefit.

While age has some bearing on personal insurance priorities, individual circumstances must be taken into account. Your financial adviser is ideally placed to help you design the risk management plan that’s right for you.

 

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.


Disclaimer

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances.

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An important conversation

All / 01.11.2018

None of us likes to consider our own mortality. For our older loved ones, it’s an even more confronting topic and difficult to discuss.

When Lindsay became ill, his family’s priority was to support him through his treatment, and keep him positive and as comfortable as possible.

Typical of his generation, Lindsay had always been very private, never sharing personal information – not even with his nearest and dearest. After he passed away, it dawned on the family that nobody knew whether Lindsay would have preferred cremation or burial. At such an emotionally charged time, the question caused quite a dispute.

As parents, we aim to have open dialogue with our children over issues like drugs, sex, etc. But as our parents age, difficult discussions around medical arrangements, Wills, money, etc, are usually put off until something occurs to trigger the talk. Often, by then it’s toolate, which is why it’s so important to communicate while you still can.

Once Lindsay’s funeral was over, the family faced more complex questions: did Lindsay have a Will? Was there any insurance? What investments and assets did he have? Trying to locate Lindsay’s paperwork and make sense of his finances became a nightmare.

If only someone had asked him.

What should you talk to your parents about?

If you think about all those things you’d rather not discuss you’re off to a good start.

Before the conversation, consider:

  • Finances, assets, investments, accounts, insurance policies, etc
  • Will:
    • Is it current?
    • Where is it kept?
    • Who is the executor?
  • Medical:
    • Medications
    • Power of attorney
  • Funeral preferences
  • Aged care arrangements, family home, care facilities
  • Location of important documents
  • Usernames and passwords for online accounts
  • Contact details for doctor, financial adviser, trustees, power of attorney, solicitor, executor, etc.

Before opening any dialogue, consider your approach. These are sensitive topics; introduce them gently and tactfully. It may be helpful to involve their executor, financial adviser or accountant.

During the conversation:

  • Extend an invitation

Invite your loved one to express their feelings and articulate their wants. Present the discussion as a means to making their life more manageable. Stress that you’re not taking over, but that you care and that they are in control.

  • Present an example

Use examples of challenges faced by others, explaining that you hope to avoid the same situation. Tell them you’d like to help them organise their paperwork to provide peace of mind and a plan for their future.

  • Support independence

Point out that you’re not reducing their independence but ensuring they maintain their independence as long as possible.

  • Don’t judge

As your loved one opens up, listen respectfully and without judgement. Encourage discussion around their choices so you can understand and help implement them.

Afterwards, follow up and fulfil any promises you made.

Finally, just when you think your job is done, have the same discussion with your children, only in reverse. Be clear about what you want and why you’re talking to them.

Children don’t want to think about your mortality any more than you do. They’ll think you’re overreacting and probably won’t thank you for the information – not right now anyway. But that’s the nature of kids.

The main thing is that when your time comes, they’ll realise you’ve saved them a lot of heartache.

 

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.

 

Disclaimer
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances.

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Aged Care for those on the land

All / 25.10.2018

Arranging aged care can be stressful, but when it involves someone who is a farmer, unique circumstances apply. If your loved one is a farmer on his or her own land, would you know how best to help?

Farmers – often a husband and wife team – may continue working well past retirement age because farming isn’t just a business – it’s a life.

As a family business, the farm might be passed down to the next generation so when considering aged care, questions over whether to retain the assets or to sell them can be daunting and emotional. It’s possible that the options available will be limited by the cost and level of care required.

Aged care costs

Looking at aged care in general, costs vary considerably and residents may be asked to pay the following:

Daily fees. The basic daily fee is set and regulated by the federal government to cover meals, laundry, cleaning, etc. An additional means-tested daily fee may also apply.

Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD). This is subject to the resident’s assets and income and is fully refundable. A resident may choose to pay the RAD in full or in combination with Deposit Accommodation Payments (DAP) applying to any unpaid portion. RADs are usually paid from the proceeds of selling the family home. When the family home is a farm, it can get complicated.

Back to the farmers

According to the Australian Government, assets are defined as, “Most of the things you own…” Although different rules apply to properties greater than two hectares of which the owner is putting to effective use, eg. farming. The buildings, equipment, fencing, livestock, etc on the property are considered assets, and their assessment may deem the farmer wealthy, potentially increasing the cost of care.

One of the most pressing issues farmers face when considering aged care is what to do with the business itself. If the decision is made to dispose of the assets by selling or gifting, alternative problems may arise.

Seek professional guidance

A financial planner can help determine the most appropriate course of action while considering the family’s plans for the future of the farm and its assets.

When making arrangements on behalf of an older relative you must ensure that the appropriate Powers of Attorney are in place. Speak to your solicitor; or ask us for a referral.

This is an emotional decision for anyone, but when your home is your work and you’ve worked hard to keep it over generations, deciding what to do next is just that little bit harder.

 

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.


Disclaimer
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances.

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Is it time to update your Will?

All / 18.10.2018

Estate planning ensures that when we die, our assets can be passed promptly and tax-effectively to the people we love or the charities we support.
As life changes, your Will should be updated to reflect those changes.

Many events can trigger a need to review your Will, such as:
• Marriage or entering a de-facto relationship;
• Divorce;
• Changes in the family such as births and deaths;
• Adult children entering or leaving marriages or de-facto arrangements;
• Death of a person who plays a key part in the estate plan such as the executor.
Is it time to update your Will?

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.


Disclaimer

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances.

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8 Pearls of Financial Wisdom

All / 16.10.2018

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The rules governing gifts from SMSFs

All / 10.10.2018

There are now almost 600,000 Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs) in Australia where the members of the fund are also the trustees. These trustees are responsible for running the fund according to the superannuation rules. If they get it wrong, the consequences can be dire. Each year, SMSFs lose their concessional tax allowance because the trustees recklessly or persistently ignore the rules.

The superannuation rules aim to ensure that superannuation is for your retirement and is not used for other purposes or invested recklessly. One rule bans a fund from giving financial assistance to members of the fund or their relatives. Whilst this sounds simple, it pays to understand how the rule works.

Who counts as a relative?

The list of relatives in the rules is long and includes everyone you would expect including parents, grandparents, children, siblings, uncles and aunts and nephews and nieces.

The rules also prohibit schemes where financial assistance is provided to a non-relative who then provides support to a relative. Attempting a scheme like this is asking for trouble because it shows you knew the rules and were trying to get around them.

What is financial assistance?

Transactions that are banned by the rules include the following:

  • Gifts and loans;
  • Selling an asset to a member for less than its value;
  • Buying an asset from a member for more than its value;
  • Buying services that are unnecessary or at inflated prices;
  • Providing a guarantee or security using fund assets.

Some examples

  1. A SMSF holds works of art and the trustee gives a painting to his daughter as a birthday present. This obviously breaks the rules. If the trustee paid market value to the fund for the painting, he could then legally make the gift.
  2. A SMSF owns a workshop that is leased to a business run by a member of the fund. The business has cash flow problems and misses the monthly rent payment. No action is taken to recover the debt and the fund is therefore providing assistance to the member.
  3. A SMSF buys a printing machine and leases it to a business run by the members of the fund. When the lease expires, the business buys the machine from the fund at market value plus a margin to compensate the fund for the use of the money. This transaction is effectively a loan to the members and breaks the financial assistance rules.
  4. A SMSF owns a block of land and the trustee sells it to her son at the market price. The son arranges to pay for the land in 12 instalments. Apart from exposing the fund to the credit risk that the son may default on the loan, the transaction breaks the financial assistance rule.

These are only a few examples of what you can’t do as a trustee of a SMSF. To reduce the risk of making an honest mistake, most trustees work with professional advisers to ensure they legally enjoy the flexibility and control that a SMSF offers.

The rules are many so if you’re not sure, please make sure you consult your financial adviser or SMSF specialist before you do anything.

For more information or to speak to one of our Financial Advisers please contact TNR Wealth Management on 02 6621 8544.

 

Disclaimer
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information and any advice in this publication does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and so you should consider its appropriateness having regard to these factors before acting on it. This article may contain material provided directly by third parties and is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable but has not been independently verified. It is important that your personal circumstances are taken into account before making any financial decision and we recommend you seek detailed and specific advice from a suitably qualified adviser before acting on any information or advice in this publication. Any taxation position described in this publication is general and should only be used as a guide. It does not constitute tax advice and is based on current laws and our interpretation. You should consult a registered tax agent for specific tax advice on your circumstances.

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