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Adviser decline approaches crisis point

The decline in the total number of qualified financial advisers accelerated towards the end of last year, at a time when the Government and advice industry itself are grappling to produce more affordable advice for the general population. The December

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Super guarantee debate goes another round

The debate about whether compulsory employer superannuation contributions should be increased from the current level of 9.5 per cent is constantly simmering, waiting for the next opportunity to boil over.

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Life insurance premiums to soar

Super fund members could end up paying anywhere between 11 and 26 per cent more for life insurance cover offered by their funds, when changes to the system result in fewer young fund members and those on low incomes having

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Take care with life insurance comparison sites

Most product comparison websites providing life insurance product information receive commissions that are little different from the commissions paid to financial advisers, yet they do not offer anything like the same level of service, according to new research. Rice Warner’s

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Limited benefit in new downsizing measure

Retirees with large superannuation balances will be able to make good use of the Government’s new measure to encourage people to downsize from large family homes, but those who expect to rely on an aged pension or part-pension in addition

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The assets that make SMSFs above-average performers

Self-managed superannuation funds produced higher investment returns than APRA-regulated industry and retail funds last year, according to industry consultant Rice Warner. Using publicly available figures supplied by the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Rice Warner calculated

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Super guarantee debate goes another round

The debate about whether compulsory employer superannuation contributions should be increased from the current level of 9.5 per cent is constantly simmering, waiting for the next opportunity to boil over.

More »