Securing Your Superannuation Future: How to Start and Run a Self Managed Super Fund

Book description

Find Out if an SMSF is Right for You

Are you thinking about setting up a self managed superannuation fund but unsure where to start? Are you worried that you're not maximising all the benefits an SMSF offers? In Securing Your Superannuation Future, Daryl Dixon offers practical, easy-to-understand tools and strategies to help you set up and run your own super fund.

More Australians than ever are deciding to take control of their super, and Daryl's insights go beyond the standard requirements for running an SMSF. He reveals many tax-saving tips and practical steps to work through important decisions such as:

  • Do you need professional assistance to run your fund?

  • Who should be the trustees and members of your SMSF?

  • What steps should you take to build your super in a tax-effective way?

  • How do you construct your SMSF investment portfolio?

  • When and how should you access your super?

  • How can you maximise the amount of super you pass on to your beneficiaries?

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Title Page
  4. Foreword
  5. Chapter 1: Is an SMSF right for you?
    1. What is an SMSF?
    2. What are the benefits of self managed super?
    3. Do you need to be a superannuation expert to run an SMSF?
    4. How do SMSFs compare with other funds on fees?
    5. Is it worth swapping your current super solution for an SMSF?
    6. Does an SMSF suit your stage in life?
    7. You think an SMSF might be for you?
    8. In summary
  6. Chapter 2: SMSF pre-setup checklist
    1. Step 1: identify the members of your SMSF
    2. Step 2: select a trustee or trustees for your SMSF
    3. Step 3: consider your overseas travel plans
    4. Step 4: familiarise yourself with the roles and responsibilities of trustees
    5. Step 5: decide who will help establish and administer your SMSF
    6. Step 6: decide if you need investment advice
    7. Step 7: decide if you need financial advice
    8. Where to now?
    9. SMSF pre-setup checklist
    10. In summary
  7. Chapter 3: The SMSF setup phase
    1. Steps to set up your SMSF
    2. The rollover process
    3. In summary
  8. Chapter 4: Making contributions to your SMSF
    1. Are you eligible to make contributions?
    2. What types of contributions can you make?
    3. Concessional contributions
    4. Non-concessional contributions
    5. Other types of contributions and strategies
    6. How do you make a personal contribution to super?
    7. In summary
  9. Chapter 5: How to construct your SMSF investment portfolio
    1. Step 1: determine what type of investor you are
    2. Step 2: determine your risk profile
    3. Step 3: work out your asset allocation
    4. Step 4: build your portfolio
    5. Step 5: manage your portfolio
    6. In summary
  10. Chapter 6: Investment rules
    1. Prepare a written investment strategy
    2. You must invest for a sole purpose
    3. Keep your SMSF and personal affairs separate
    4. Be careful when acquiring assets from related parties
    5. In-house assets
    6. Keep things at arm's length
    7. Don't provide financial assistance
    8. Don't give a charge over fund assets
    9. Don't borrow, unless you're allowed
    10. Investment in artwork, cars, jewellery and wine
    11. Be careful when using derivatives
    12. In summary
  11. Chapter 7: Accessing your SMSF benefits
    1. Preservation status of benefits
    2. Conditions of release
    3. How can you access your super within your SMSF?
    4. What are the tax implications of withdrawing your super?
    5. Starting multiple pension accounts
    6. Tax-effective pension strategies
    7. How do pensions and lump sums affect your Age Pension?
    8. In summary
  12. Chapter 8: Insurance in your SMSF
    1. Types of personal insurance you should consider
    2. SMSFs and personal insurance
    3. Benefits of holding insurance within super
    4. Drawbacks of holding insurance in super
    5. In summary
  13. Chapter 9: Estate planning and protecting your SMSF
    1. Who can receive your super benefits?
    2. How can benefits be paid?
    3. Who decides who gets your super benefits?
    4. Death and taxes on super
    5. Time limits
    6. Does an SMSF continue after a member's death?
    7. Anti-detriment payments
    8. What happens to your SMSF if you become bankrupt?
    9. What happens to your SMSF if you divorce?
    10. What happens to your SMSF if you lose capacity?
    11. In summary

Product information

  • Title: Securing Your Superannuation Future: How to Start and Run a Self Managed Super Fund
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: June 2012
  • Publisher(s): Wrightbooks
  • ISBN: 9780730377788