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We have all been affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways and to varying degrees. The longevity of COVID-19, the fatigue that many are experiencing, and the impact of uncertainty on our mental health and wellbeing is a reality for all Australians – and our mental health is just as important as...

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20 poorest countries – 1960’s to now.

  Like all the animated charts added over the past two years, this information gives perspective and grounding for a better understanding of how the world changes. Australia's per capita income in 2018 was US$50,500.   Double click on the image to make it bigger.    

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How SMSF trustees navigated COVID-19 volatility

  Last week, Vanguard and Investment Trends launched the 2020 SMSF Investor Report. This year's report surveyed over 3000 SMSF trustees on their investment priorities and industry outlook, providing an insight into how trustees navigated through COVID-19 volatility.

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ATO confirms important issue on pension payments

  The ATO has confirmed only payments made to a member after 24 March in excess of the reduced minimum pension can be treated as a lump sum, even where a valid election was previously in place, says the SMSF Association.  

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A beginner’s investment guide to long-term wealth

  It's often said that starting out early on one's investing journey will deliver good long-term results.  

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SMSFs urged to act on compliance issues ahead of tougher penalties

  SMSFs with outstanding compliance issues should consider making a voluntary disclosure while the ATO still has a more flexible approach in place and before they implement tougher admin penalties, says a law firm.

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Your super fund, your choice

  Choice is inherently regarded as a good thing, particularly in these COVID-affected times when some of our basic choices have had to be suspended for the greater community good.  

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More than $31bn paid under early super release

  The government’s early super release scheme shows no signs of slowing down, with almost 90,000 release applications received by super funds in the first week of August and more than $700 million in payments made.  

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Update of Superannuation contribution rules from July 1, 2020.

  The rules around Superannuation contribution change almost every year, so it is important that taxpayers know what these changes mean to them.  

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September update of latest COVID-19 initiatives.

  With the ending of a number of the original COVID-19 relief and stimulus initiatives, August and the beginning of September has seen the release of new plans to move into the post-September period. Links to these updates and changes are listed below.  

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Shares vs property

There’s no quick answer to the question of where to invest your hard-earned money. However, there are some basic facts and rules that can help guide your decision. Is property best? We all love property. We all want to buy property. Whether we can afford to buy it is another question, but we all talk...

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COVID-19 resources – Jobkeeper, Victoria Stage 4 Update

Several new links have been added to the many already in this article, links that date back to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you have any questions, or require further assistance, please send us an email or phone. Please click on the following links to access a wide range of Covid-19 related guidelines...

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