Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Is Self-Managed Super for You?

If you were thinking of self managed super funds, experts advise to double check certain salient points. For a start, they tell us that you need to have at least $200,000 to make it financially worthwhile. The cost of running your own fund can be around the $1700 per annum mark. This includes the regular audit and reporting that are mandatory.

Time and expertise are other factors. Creating your own super fund is not as simple as opening a saving account. Unless you have plenty of time to spare and know what you are doing, you could find that managing your own super fund is more trouble than it's worth. You have to choose which investments are right for you and know which should be insured. If you change funds you will be changing benefits and fees too. You need to be sure that the fees are kept down while giving you the most benefits possible. You have to be the trustee of your fund and if something goes wrong, then you are legally responsible, even if it was not your fault.

Help is available for those interested in running their own super fund, but be sure you choose the right help. Unless an accountant is licensed they are not allowed to give advice. They can get into a lot of trouble - and so can you - for giving advice they are not qualified to give.

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