Letters: Learning to invest, investing in infrastructure, and Praise for Kohler's Week.

A query on Eureka Report education, a look at infrastructure investing, and the US state of affairs.

Learning to invest

I have recently subscribed to Eureka Report to try to improve my understanding of investing and hopefully improve my financial position.

I have read Alan Kohler’s book, Making Money, and found it gave me a broad understanding of investing. I have also enjoyed reading the articles in Eureka Report, but I think I would probably get more from the articles with further education.

If I wanted to improve my knowledge in investing, do any of the Eureka Report team deliver courses or seminars that would assist? Similarly, if I was seeking financial planning advice, does any of the team deliver services for the individual?

JS

Editor’s response: Eureka Report is planning on hosting a Eureka Congress this year, and a number of capital cities are being considered. Keep an eye out on the website, where we will be posting updates in the near future.

Superstream data standards

I would like to see an article in Eureka Report that focuses on superstream data standards.  It appears SMSFs are going to have to be able to receive rollovers using the standard next financial year, and will have to receive contributions under the standard by 2014 or 2015. I suspect I am not the only one struggling to find software to read and generate the messages.

Name withheld

Investing in infrastructure

Robert Gottliebsen's article, Infrastructure the route for DIY super, is a great article that looks at future investment opportunities for retirees. I think there are just not enough opportunities available in our limited market.  Next week I will be writing to all Federal politicians about the government's plan to tax larger super funds and pointing out the economic  importance played by SMSFs in financing infrastructure and future opportunities Australia will miss out on financing a large backlog of projects needing financing.

Praise for Kohler’s Week

I would like to compliment Alan Kohler for the best summation of the US state of affairs as described in Kohler's Week: Doom Delayed, Italy, Go Sequester!, China, Dogs & Cats. I found it succinct and it showed a deep understanding of the deviousness of political wrangling with an amusing outcome.

I am becoming more comfortable with the somewhat new group at Eureka Report and have sorted out those writers who talk about the sort of topics that interest a veteran like me.

Keep up the good work.

Brian Hawkins

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