What is the transfer balance cap

What is the transfer balance cap?

The transfer cap refers to the amount of money that can be transferred from your superannuation account to your tax-free ‘retirement phase’ account. At the moment, the transfer balance cap is $1.6 million and all individuals have a personal transfer balance cap of $1.6 million. Exceeding the personal transfer balance cap means that you have…

Choosing investment options in your super

Choosing investment options in your super

Many Australians ignore the decision of choosing investments for their super and often end up in the ‘default’ option as they make no effort to choose otherwise. Default options that aim for ‘balanced’ or ‘growth’ investments tend to have 60-80% of funds invested in shares and property. This approach for investment is based on the…

SMSF Pensions

SMSF Pensions

SMSF funds can provide pension or lump sum benefits during retirement. Retirement is a condition of super release if you have reached your preservation age. Depending on your date of birth, your preservation age will be between 55 and 60. The benefits from your super are tax-free once you are over the age of 60.…

Basics of SMSF investing

Basics of SMSF investing

Setting up an SMSF fund is the simplest step. Establishing a fund which delivers you consistent returns from your investments is much more difficult. Investing successfully involves determining precise goals and picking investments which will effectively achieve those goals. The advantage of SMSFs is that you can build a portfolio which reflects your short-term and…

Protecting yourself from super scams

Protecting yourself from super scams

Superannuation is an attractive target for scammers as a significant volume of funds are placed into super funds by Australians. There are some straightforward steps you can take to protect yourself from super scams. Know the rules Becoming familiar with the rules surrounding superannuation will alert you against scams which make false claims e.g. offering…

Finding your lost super

Finding your lost super

Changing of name, address or job can mean that you lose track of some of your super. This means that there is money that belongs to you that is not currently in your super fund. Finding your super will collate your previous lost funds with your current account. It is likely that your lost super…

Life insurance through your super

Life insurance through your super

Over 70% of Australians have life insurance through their super fund. This acts as a financial safety net through your super if something unexpected happens. There are 3 main types of life insurance that super funds usually provide: Life cover: Also known as death cover, this type of insurance pays a lump sum or income…

Conditions to accessing your super

Conditions to accessing your super

You may find that accessing your super is the best way to meet your financial needs in a given situation, for example in the early stages of the pandemic. Individuals are able to legally access the funds in their super earlier but there are conditions of release. Common conditions of lease: Reaching your preservation age…