Where SMSFs fit in the property debate

While super funds have increased their exposure to housing, it’s only a drop in the property ocean.

Summary: That self-managed super funds have lifted their exposure to property through limited recourse borrowing arrangements is undisputed. But there has hardly been an avalanche. In reality the total number of funds with direct property exposure is quite small.

Key take-out: As discussions around a looming housing crisis escalate, don’t shoot the SMSF messenger. Potential reforms should not be focused on SMSFs as being the enemy of first-home buyers.

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