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SMSF investment strategies –– are they a financial product?

SMSF investment strategies –– are they a financial product?

Daniel Butler, Director ([email protected]), and Bryce Figot, Special Counsel ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers Many advisers do not foresee the potential flow-on legal consequences from merely providing an investment strategy template to an SMSF client. Indeed, many believe they are merely assisting their client particularly to ensure the SMSF will have the necessary paperwork to survive an [read more]

Investment strategies –– what SMSF trustees must do

Investment strategies –– what SMSF trustees must do

Daniel Butler, Director ([email protected]), and Bryce Figot, Special Counsel ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers This article provides some background and some key points to SMSF investment strategies. What is an investment strategy? An investment strategy is a plan for making, holding and realising assets consistent with the investment objectives adopted by an SMSF trustee. An investment strategy [read more]


Who can provide taxation advice?

Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers This article examines who is authorised to provide taxation advice in view of the limitations in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (‘CA’) on advisers relating to who can provide financial product advice. Broadly, there are a number of exemptions in the CA and Corporations Regulations 2001 (Cth) (‘CA Regs’) [read more]

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The many roads that lead to meeting FASEA’s education standards

Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (‘FASEA’) has finalised the acceptable pathways that advisers can take to meet FASEA’s education standards. We outline below how existing and prospective advisers can meet FASEA’s education standards under the Australian financial services licence (‘AFSL’) regime. Each adviser should consider their own [read more]

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Update on the Australian Financial Complaints Authority(AFCA)

By Shaun Backhaus ([email protected]), Lawyer and Daniel Butler([email protected]), Director DBA Lawyers In our previous article on AFCA we explained the background to AFCA’s establishment, what disputes it would apply to and how it would differ from the external dispute resolution schemes it replaced, such as the Financial Ombudsman Service. For further information please refer to [read more]

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SMSFs and transfer balance account reporting

William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate and Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers This article summarises the transfer balance account report (‘TBAR’) reporting regime for SMSFs and offers some traps and tips. Overview Under TBAR, any transaction involving a retirement phase pension (ie, tax free pension interest such as an account-based pension or a transition to [read more]

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Financial Ombudsman Service soon to be replaced with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority

By Shaun Backhaus, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director DBA Lawyers Financial Ombudsman Service The Financial Ombudsman Service (‘FOS’) is an industry body that resolves disputes between consumers and financial services providers that are members which operate in Australia. FOS is self-regulated by industry members with its costs met by the financial services providers. FOS’s dispute resolution [read more]


Payments above ABP minimum — Reasons to prospectively document a strategy ASAP

Daniel Butler, Director and  Bryce Figot, Special Counsel, DBA Lawyers  Payments above the account-based pension (‘ABP’) minimum annual payment have the potential to become a trap. The June 2017 SMSF Benchmark Report by Class Super states that ‘the average SMSF pensioner withdraws about $74,000 annually on their pension over a series of 12 transactions and [read more]

Accountants and the new AFSL regime

Accountants and the AFSL regime

OVERVIEW This article highlights some of the issues that accountants that have decided not to obtain an Australian financial services licence (‘AFSL’) or become an authorised representative (‘AR’) of an AFSL holder need to consider in view of the removal of the recognised accountants’ exemption from 1 July 2016. In addition, this article is also [read more]