Economic Update and Outlook for Quarter 1 – 2024

Our research partners, Innova Asset Management, have released their Quarter 1 – 2024 Market Commentary report.

As we reflect on the first quarter of 2024, the stock market has been really interesting, driven by new technology and changes in the economy. Two main things stood out during this time: the significant changes brought by new AI technology in tech companies, and how unsure everyone was about interest rates going up or down. Together, these factors greatly impacted how the stock market moved, how investors felt, and the overall view of the economy.

Here’s a quick look into the dynamics that shaped the financial terrain:

– The stock market in 2023 was mainly driven by breakthroughs in AI technology and changing views on interest rates.

– The largest US tech companies, often called the “Magnificent 7,” were a big reason the market did well.

– NVIDIA stood out due to its focus on AI and big projects by companies like Microsoft.

– The US economy stayed strong, thanks to people spending a lot of money, making it less likely for the economy to shrink.

– Global stock markets, especially those focused on technology like the Nasdaq, did really well in 2023.

– After reaching high levels in 2022, inflation (or the cost of living) in rich countries started to decrease, changing what people thought the Federal Reserve would do about interest rates.

– There’s a growing difference in value between the most prominent US companies and other stocks, with indexes like the S&P 500 and Nasdaq showing higher than usual prices.

Watch the full video breakdown below, or read the attached commentary here on the current key issues, a comprehensive review of Quarter 1, and how we are positioning our Innova Active portfolios for clients.

The New Lifestyle Year’s – How Modern Australians Redefining Retirement as We Know It?

As Australians increasingly adopt flexible work arrangements as they age, the nation is undergoing a notable shift in its perspective and approach towards employment.

There has been a definite shift in the ages of those in the workforce and remaining in the workforce over the last 30 years.  I think that this has less to do with Australians living longer and the rising cost of living, and more to do with Australians seeking a certain lifestyle that suits them.  And it’s fantastic to see…!!!!

According to the results of the 2021 Census, Australians aged 55-69 made up 680,000 volunteers, 765,000 provided unpaid care (most likely to an ageing relative), 547,000 provided childcare to children who were not their own (grandkids in the main), and 79,000 reported that they were studying.

There’s a lot going on in the new “lifestyle” stage of the lifecycle.

Here are the 3 main points:

A new life stage has emerged

73% of Australian workers aim to work during retirement, tailored to their lifestyle.

A new life stage, “The Lifestyle Years,” has emerged for workers aged 55-69.

Statistics show 2.7 million Australians over 55 are active in the workforce, forming 19% of the total, with a significant increase in the participation rate for workers aged 55-64 over the past two decades.

Over 55s seek flexibility, financial security and connections through work

Australians aged 55 to 69 seek flexible career options that match their passions and keep them active.

About 25% of retirees changed careers in the last five years for various reasons like staying active, reducing stress, and contributing to the community.

Switching careers later in life fosters new work relationships, supports retirement plans, and maintains connections within the wider community.

Over 55s prioritise fulfilment over full-on work

Holidays, Hobbies, Healthcare take precedence over other aspects.

More Australians are desiring reduced stress and increased activity.

Australians want more time for personal passions and family.

It’s all about Australians over 55 choosing work opportunities that enable them to have greater control of their time, a change of pace and move closer towards their financial goals. And it’s brilliant…!

Final Thoughts

At Collective Wealth Advisers, we are huge advocates of choosing lifestyle as your number 1 priority.  Sure, the dollars and cents are important, but if you don’t have clear and articulated goals and sense of purpose in your years after work, then what’s it really all for?

To build a brighter future today, come and speak with us.  We are the retirement planning experts!

This article was compiled using information from the Australians at Work: Over 55s repost, published by Amazon Australia in partnership with Bernard Salt AM 2023.  To read the full repost, click HERE!

Contact us to arrange a meeting to discuss your purposeful retirement objectives.

What you need to know about buying a property with your SMSF

Investing in property with a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) has become a popular option for pre, current, and post-retirees in Australia. SMSFs provide more control over investment decisions and allow individuals to take advantage of tax benefits. However, before investing in property with your SMSF, there are several things you need to know.

What is an SMSF?

An SMSF is a type of superannuation fund that is managed by its members, rather than a professional fund manager. The members of an SMSF act as trustees and are responsible for making investment decisions on behalf of the fund. SMSFs can have up to six members and provide more control over investment decisions compared to other superannuation funds.

Buying a Property with an SMSF

Buying property with your SMSF can provide several benefits and significant tax advantages. SMSFs can purchase residential or commercial property, but there are rules and regulations that must be followed. It is essential to seek professional advice when considering buying property with your SMSF to ensure compliance with these rules.

Benefits of Buying Property with an SMSF

  • Tax Advantages

SMSFs can provide tax benefits when investing in property. Rental income from property is taxed at a concessional rate of 15%, and capital gains tax is also discounted if the property is held for longer than 12 months. In pension phase, there is no tax to pay on rental income or capital gains incurred.  SMSFs can also claim deductions for expenses related to the property, such as repairs and maintenance.

  • Control over Investment

Investing in property with your SMSF can provide more control over your investment structure compared to other superannuation funds. The members of an SMSF can decide which property to purchase, how much to spend, and when to sell. This control allows for greater flexibility and the ability to tailor investments to meet individual goals.

  • Potential for Long-Term Gains

Investing in property with your SMSF can provide the potential for long-term gains. Property values tend to appreciate over time, and rental income can provide a reliable source of income during retirement. SMSFs can also take advantage of negative gearing, which allows for tax benefits when the costs of owning the property exceed the income generated.

Steps to Buying a Property with an SMSF

  • Establishing an SMSF

Before investing in property with your SMSF, you must first establish an SMSF. This involves setting up a trust, appointing trustees, and registering with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). It is essential to seek professional advice when establishing an SMSF to ensure compliance with regulations and to develop an appropriate investment strategy.

  • Developing an Investment Strategy

An investment strategy outlines the investment goals and objectives of the SMSF. It is essential to develop an appropriate investment strategy that aligns with your goals and risk tolerance. The investment strategy should also consider the diversification of investments to mitigate risk and ensure the long-term sustainability of the SMSF.

  • Conducting Due Diligence

Conducting due diligence is an essential step when considering buying property with your SMSF. This involves researching the property, including its location, potential rental income, and any potential risks associated with the investment. It is essential to seek professional advice when conducting

  • Applying for an SMSF Property Loan

If you don’t have enough cash in your SMSF to purchase the property outright, you may need to apply for an SMSF property loan.

  • Making the Purchase

Once you have obtained finance and conducted due diligence, you can make an offer to purchase the property.

Living in your SMSF Property

  • Overview of SMSF Property Rules

There are strict rules around living in an SMSF property, including:

– The property must be used solely for investment purposes until retirement.

– Members of the SMSF are not allowed to use the property for personal use until retirement.

– The property cannot be rented to a member of the SMSF or a related party.

  • Options for Living in Your SMSF Property

After you meet a ‘condition of release’ (generally retire or reach preservation age), you may be able to live in your SMSF property. To live in your SMSF property after you retire, you’ll need to follow specific rules and regulations and it’s essential to seek professional advice to ensure that you’re following the correct procedures and meeting all legal requirements.

Selling your SMSF Property

Selling property from your SMSF can be a complex process that requires careful consideration. It’s important to understand the restrictions and alternative options for exiting your SMSF property, as well as the tax implications of selling property from your SMSF.

  • Restrictions on Selling to Yourself

One of the most important restrictions to consider is the prohibition on buying or selling assets between yourself and your SMSF. This means that you cannot sell your SMSF property to yourself or purchase it from your SMSF. However, there are alternative options for exiting your SMSF property.

  • Tax Implications of Selling Property from Your SMSF

When selling property from your SMSF, it’s important to understand the tax implications. Any capital gains made on the sale will be subject to capital gains tax. The tax rate will depend on a variety of factors, such as the length of time you held the property and your current phase within your SMSF. It’s always recommended to seek professional advice when considering selling property from your SMSF.

Establishing an SMSF Loan

SMSFs can borrow to invest in property, but the loan must be used solely to purchase a single asset, such as a residential or commercial property. The property must also be held in a separate trust.

SMSF loans (also known as a Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangement – LRBA) can be complex and it’s best to seek advice from a specialist on your options and obligations.

Final Thoughts

Property investments inside an SMSF can be a great way to build your retirement savings but they are not for everyone. There is complexity involved and like all matters when dealing with an SMSF, you require an understanding and education around the do’s and don’ts. There are also significant penalties imposed on the fund, and possibly the trustees, if legislative requirements are not met.

As always, seeking professional advice from an SMSF Specialist adviser is essential when looking at your options. Collective Wealth Advisers are SMSF Specialist advisers and have a deep understanding of the processes and responsibilities involved in SMSF management.

Contact us to arrange a meeting to discuss your SMSF objectives.