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Pensions, superannuation and the Education of Joe

A debate on changes to the retirement age is welcome, but it’s more complicated than it appears, according to Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer. And watch out for vested interests …

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RBA unlikely to be popular at David Murray’s financial inquiry

The RBA’s views on a range of issues are unlikely to be welcome at David Murray’s financial services inquiry. But they’re backed by a key super sector, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Sinodinos’ FOFA repeal looking shaky as critics multiply

What looked in January like a sneaky win for the big banks on financial advice has turned messy for Arthur Sinodinos as more critics of his gutting of the Future of Financial Advice reforms emerge.

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Tips and rumours

Turnbull submits to explosive check … ICT jobs to go in Melbourne … trouble at QSuper? …

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Coalition embraces big bank gouge that even Howard rejected

The Abbott government wants to allow conduct by financial planners that will boost the banks and has long been banned — and which even the Howard government refused to legalise.

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How the age of entitlement is being restored for the Liberals’ friends

Declaring that the age of entitlement is over makes sense as long as voters believe it’s fair. But the government is being anything but.

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Tips and rumours

Turn back the boats? Not on my watch … For sale: PM’s house for $54m … Proof of life for super (cont) … Unfortunate acronyms — the final straw …

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Tips and rumours

How super funds check your pulse … which mayor’s fiancee dresses in newspaper? … let’s hear it for monashit.edu.au …

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Surprise attack: Coalition unleashes $130b hit on retirement incomes

The Coalition is looking to destroy the Future of Financial Advice reforms that would have ended gouging and conflicts of interest in the financial planning industry — and it will be a massive cost to consumers.

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Aboriginal art a casualty of new super rules

Superannuation rules were changed in 2011 to ensure investments were really used in retirement. But journalist at The Citizen Sally Stewart says the rules had an unintended victim.

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Essential: no to GST on imports, and our changing TV habits

Today’s Essential Report shows opposition to reducing the GST threshold for goods purchased online, and looks at how we now view TV and films.

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Four ways to cope with Australia’s ageing population

Australians are living longer, which presents a significant financial problem for the current pension system. Per Capital research fellow Emily Millane looks at four things the government could do to cope.

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Our slumping financial sector, a task for the Murray Inquiry

The declining efficiency of our financial services sector should be a key focus of the federal inquiry headed up by ex-CBA chief David Murray, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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In tough budget times, retirees must take a hit

Big-ticket fiscal reforms that have limited economic impacts are few and far between, a new Grattan Institute report shows. And the ones that exist aren’t politically palatable.

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Coalition changes its self-managed super tune as regulators fret

The concerted warnings by regulators about the over-exposure of the self-managed super sector to property present a significant challenge for the new government, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Explaining Abbott’s double slug on Australian investors

Slugging big, rich ASX-listed companies may have seemed smart three years ago, but targeting millions of shareholders who own them is another thing. Tony Abbott has it wrong on paid parental leave.

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Fantasy budget: Helen Razer’s draught budget, with added p-rn

After a few pints, our resident provocateur is ready to bust a cap in super and prop up the Australian porn industry. It’s another Crikey fantasy budget, with a slight twist …

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Aussie super fund dips a toe into anti-tobacco activism

Why is a tiny Australian superannuation fund trying to influence the way a Norwegian recycling giant does business? Ethical investing is more organised — and more international — than before.

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The slippery and convenient concept of ‘class warfare’

Class warfare” is a confected term sprayed about across the nation’s newspapers of late to shut down policy debate. But funny how it only applies to the rich …

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Essential: Turnbull strikes out on broadband as Gillard stagnates

Labor’s primary vote is starting to recover, but the PM’s personal ratings are not. However, voters aren’t enthused with Malcolm Turnbull’s broadband proposal.

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Richard Farmer chunky bits

Are tax policies really the most effective policy to increase retirement savings? Plus other political issues of the day.

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Labor’s world of super hurt yields … not that much

Labor’s prolonged period of superannuation “crisis” has yielded a worthy but decidedly minimal reform. And it might never happen anyway.

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A super debate over Gillard govt wranglings

Crikey readers weigh in to the issues of the day.

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Crikey Clarifier: we explain the baffling world of super

There’s an almighty row brewing over how superannuation is taxed. What on earth are they talking about? Crikey intern Ben Westcott walks us through how super taxes work and what could change.

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How our super steals from the poor to give to the rich

Super tax concessions are rich people’s welfare, and those protesting against reform are just protecting their own interests. When will a government have the guts to rein in these subsidies for the wealthy?

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