Deciding to implement an SMSF setup is something that needs a plan if undertaken.We are observing that our clients are taking the opportunity to review their Superannuation and retirement goals, The markets are changing, and people are beginning to plan for their retirement strategy.
We are receiving several questions from clients asking whether, given the current market fluctuations of their investment in the superannuation, it is a great time to take charge of your own Superannuation. Some are evaluating if it is a great time to take control by setting up a new Self-Managed Superfund, commonly known as an SMSF.
Clients are considering a range of investments when it comes to their SMSF. These include commercial property, shares, and less conventional investments such as bitcoin as part of their investment strategy. Please do your research for your circumstances and ensure the appropriate Investment Strategy is documented for your Fund.
We can work through with you your strategy to purchase a residential property or commercial property within your SMSF. The key is understanding what restrictions are in place before starting this process.
There are several benefits to being your own Trustee of your SMSF. And hence the ability to run your own Fund. For example, as a Trustee, you can react and manage your superannuation savings. This is because you have greater control and flexibility over your investments. You can take a more hands-on approach to acquire or selling investments within your super fund. This includes responding quickly to opportunities to realign your investment portfolio as the market changes.
But you also need to be aware that being an SMSF comes with the fact that there’s more work for you as a trustee to manage your investments. In doing so, you must ensure you have the expertise and confidence to evaluate your investments. You also need to ensure your SMSF is following its investment strategy. We can certainly assist you here, but you must be prepared to keep records and understand that your SMSF investments are for retirement.
ASIC does not recommend setting up an SMSF with a small balance. Typically a fund should have a combined balance of $200,000 plus to be a viable Fund. You can combine your benefits with other family members, and please discuss with us if this is your option.
Not always easy to be a Trustee
Running an SMSF also takes time and effort. You must ensure that your super fund SMSF is managed properly and that you are achieving returns. As a Trustee, it is also essential to follow the rules there. There are there strict laws within the superfund environment that you, as a trustee, understand. We can help you here to make sure you keep on the right side of the Superannuation laws.
As an SMSF specialist advisor, we can help you to review whether a self-managed super fund is a suitable vehicle for you to establish. We welcome you to make time and discuss your needs in relation to your soft-managed super fund needs and your retirements.
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