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Max Newnham Answered by Max Newnham 1yr ago

SMSFs and discretionary trusts

This question is in relation to the planning considerations for an investment combination of an SMSF and discretionary trust. Under... Read full Q&A

Max Newnham Answered by Max Newnham 1yr ago

SMSF reserves and account-based pensions

If a reserve in a SMSF is used to commence an account-based pension for a member, how is it treated... Read full Q&A

Max Newnham Answered by Max Newnham 1yr ago

Excess pension funds and tax

I have a SMSF that was valued at around $2.2m at 30th June 2017. I deliberately kept the value of... Read full Q&A

Max Newnham Answered by Max Newnham 1yr ago

Reversionary pensions: SMSFs vs APRA funds

Having just returned from overseas for a family bereavement it got me thinking about what the effect would be... Read full Q&A

Max Newnham Answered by Max Newnham 1yr ago

Can a SMSF be a wholesale investor?

Can a SMSF be a wholesale investor if it has less than $2.5 million in assets and it has a... Read full Q&A

Max Newnham Answered by Max Newnham 1yr ago

Loans made to children

My wife and I have helped pay the university fees of our three children, (aged 20, 22 and 24 years)... Read full Q&A

Max Newnham Answered by Max Newnham 1yr ago

Should we just sell down our fund?

We're parting ways with our financial advisor as their hidden fees were making any real progress near impossible for us.... Read full Q&A

Max Newnham Answered by Max Newnham 1yr ago

Lending for property from a pension fund

We have both an accumulation fund and a super pension fund as completely separate funds. We wish to know if... Read full Q&A

Max Newnham Answered by Max Newnham 1yr ago

Annual minimum drawdowns

Under the new super regime will the minimum drawdown in subsequent years on a $1.6m pension account as at 30.6.17,... Read full Q&A

Max Newnham Answered by Max Newnham 1yr ago

The franking elephant in the room

The angst being expressed by so many about Labor's proposal regarding franking credits is hiding an elephant in the room.... Read full Q&A

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