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The RBA today announced another interest rate cut to a 3 ½ year low of three percent (3%) as a buffer against weak commodities and a slowing economy. Some economists are expecting this to be the last cut in the current economic cycle.
Buried deep in the Government's Mid-Year Budget and Fiscal Outlook papers there is an announcement that will bring a major smile to the faces of SMSF trustees. Until now, in the absence of an eligible reversionary pension beneficiary, pensions ceased on the death of the member. The subsequent sale of Fund assets to pay out the requisite lump sum benefit then occurred in the accumulation stage resulting in a net 10% capital gains tax bill based on the original purchase price of the asset. Some Funds in the past have suffered substantial tax much to the chagrin of the lump sum beneficiaries.
Jerry Miccolis, co-author of “Asset Allocation For Dummies” and chief investment officer at the wealth advisory company Brinton Eaton in New Jersey, has shared his list of 10 mistakes investors should avoid. According to Mr Miccolis these are:
Generally, infrastructure assets are natural monopolies that provide an essential service to the community. Infrastructure assets offer investors protection from the impacts of inflation because their earnings generally have some direct linkage to inflation. Over time the stable, reliable earnings of infrastructure assets are expected to lead to a combination of income and capital growth for investors.