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Have you considered what you will do if an unexpected event occurs?

Your SMSF is a long-term plan.  Much can happen during this time including illness, incapacity or death of a member.

It is best practice to have contingency plans in place to deal with unexpected events. For example, if a fund member dies, leaving you as the sole member are you happy to continue with the SMSF?

Outlined are some issues to consider planning for as trustees.  Leaving the planning to when, and if an event happens may be too late.

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Property and my SMSF

The directly held property makes up approximately 19% of all SMSF assets, indicating that many SMSF trustees consider it’s an important and significant part of a diversified portfolio. There are numerous strategies and ways for property to form part of an SMSF’s investments and each must be carefully considered.
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Crypto Currencies

This is an area that is becoming increasingly discussed within the self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) environment and we encourage those that are interested in this type of investment contact us first to discuss the implications as there is no ‘one size’ fits all.

Some areas of compliance to review but not limited to, are:

  1. Separation of assets – An electronic crypto currency wallet is a pre-requisite for purchase, one of the potential issues here is that some providers do not cater for self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) titles on this wallet. .
  2. Acquisition from a related party – Ensure that this purchase is made from an independent third party.
  3. Investment strategy – This will need to be reviewed, and potentially updated, to ensure this is an allowable investment by the Fund.
  4. Trust Deed – As with your SMSF’s investment strategy, this will need to be reviewed, and potentially updated, to ensure this is an allowable investment by the Fund.

 Please note that there are taxation rulings and determinations issue by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and capital gains tax rules may apply to the disposal of the asset.


Investment Strategy

Always Keep Your Investment Strategy in Your Mind

You have made it through the financial year and navigated the new superannuation laws that took effect on 1 July 2017 but there is one thing you should always think about and that is your investment strategy. Additionally, there is no better time than right after a financial year end where you can review your SMSF investment strategy and its performance.

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