SIRA Views

June 21, 2013  /  3:15 AM
The End of QE

“Billions wiped off share values!  Market meltdown!  Shares in freefall!”    Well, drama sells newspapers and brings in viewers but we’d like to know where they were when the stock markets rose 30% over the last year!   After all, the US share market is back where it was just 2 months ago, while Europe, the UK and Australia are back at levels last seen in January.

May 30, 2013  /  2:28 AM
David Bannister on the ‘No More Practice’ website

See SIRA Groups David Bannister discussing accountants licensing on the ‘No More Practice’ website for their Reality Check newsletter. David compares the main 3 options for accountants looking to continue advising clients in relation to self managed superannuation funds from July 1 2013:

May 29, 2013  /  3:55 AM
Enshrinement of the terms Financial Planner & Financial Adviser

So we now (almost) have enshrinement of the use of the titles Financial Planner or Financial Adviser after the Bill was passed last night. We just have to wait for it to be approved by the Senate which apparently is just a formality.

May 16, 2013  /  3:21 AM
ASIC Warns Advisers to be Vigilant in SMSF Advice

ASIC has been quite vocal in its concern about unlicensed advisers promoting and working in the SMSF sector.

The following clip is a great interview with Graham Colley from the SMSF Professionals Association of Australia (SPAA) discussing the importance of advice.

The interview also highlights the  need for accountants to seriously consider their own business and their licensing options prior to 1 July 2013:

May 15, 2013  /  9:43 AM
2013 Federal Budget

I had planned to put out a budget ‘blog’ today, but unfortunately, from a superannuation, investment and financial advisory point of view there is nothing to tell and given it is difficult to write about something that is really nothing more than what we already know

April 16, 2013  /  5:12 AM
End of Financial Year Comes Quickly – Start Planning

I know I know, it’s only the middle of April, but somehow one day it’s the middle of April and the next it’s June 30 and the last thing anyone needs is to realise on the 1st of July that you haven’t made your super contribution.  And believe me, you will realise it 1 minute after midnight on the 1st, with no recourse!

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