September 26, 2010

How much money do you need to set up a self managed super fund?

One common question in regards to the establishment of a SMSF is ‘how much do we need to start one?’

The answer is simple: It depends!

If you read the information out there regarding this subject, you will find that the recommended minimum amount required for establishing a SMSF is $200,000. This figure is based on one thing – the cost of operating an SMSF when compared to the management and administration fees charged by retail and industry superannuation funds.

September 18, 2010

Best structure for property investment – family trust or SMSF?

For many years the family trust has been the preferred investment vehicle for people looking to build wealth through property – and rightly so. However, with self managed super funds now able to borrow to invest in property via limited recourse loans, every property investor who currently has a family trust or who may be considering one needs to take another look at what is the most appropriate structure for their situation.

September 4, 2010

6 ways to purchase property using your super

If you have read any of my other articles you should now that your SMSF is a fantastic vehicle for holding your investment properties.

Extremely tax effective with the maximum possible asset protection.

In this article I will review the 6 ways that your SMSF can purchase property:

1. Direct purchase
2. Instalment warrant
3. Tenants in common
4. Joint venture
5. Unit trust
6. Pre-99 unit trust