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Maximising your SMSF returns

Many Australians opt for a self-managed super fund but fail to understand how to truly make it perform optimally.

If you have an SMSF and are serious about maximising your returns, consider the following:

Risk

Without taking risks, you won’t be able to experience great profit. However, there you still need to be cautious of where you invest your money. After taxes, at the moment, property and real estate are not the best of investments, but this hasn’t always been the case. Many individuals with a SMSF are interested in cryptocurrencies. At the end of 2017, they were performing extremely well, however at the beginning of 2018; there was a significant drop in the worth of this currency.

Do your research

Knowing what kind of risk-taking will work for you will come down to you doing your research and investigating what options are best. Subscribing to mailing lists where investment trends are discussed, as well as keeping up to date with technical and compliance news relating to SMSF are great strategies for maximising SMSF returns.

Speak to a professional

If in doubt, it’s always best to speak to a professional. They can assist you in making the right decision regarding your SMSF and give you personalised advice. A financial advisor can also assist you in managing your fund, organising and strengthening your portfolio and advise on technical issues.

It’s never too early

No one in their retirement reflects on their life and wishes they had of started worrying about their nest egg later in life rather than earlier. Paying attention to your super and retirement options from a young age is important if you want to be comfortable in your retirement phase.

Posted on 2 February '18 by , under Super.

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Before consolidating your super, it is important to do the following:

Research your funds' policy
Compare your active super accounts so you can make the right choice about which one you should close. Things to assess include:

  • Exit fees
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  • Investment options
  • Ongoing service fees
  • Performance of the funds

Check employer contributions
Changing funds may affect how much your employer contributes, as some employers contribute more to certain funds. Check your current accounts to see if changing funds will affect this. Once you have selected a super fund, regardless of whether you choose a new super fund or one of your existing ones, provide your employer with the details they need to pay super into your selected account.

Gather the relevant information
When consolidating your super, you will need to have the following details ready:

  • Your tax file number.
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  • Your fund's superannuation product identification number (SPIN).
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  • Details of your previous fund.

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