A recent article in the Australian Financial Review reported on the increasing popularity of exchange traded funds (ETFs) as an investment option for SMSFs.
Trustees should be aware that if they intentionally or even accidentally invest in an asset type not permitted under the fund's investment strategy, the trustees will be in contravention of the investment strategy and, likely, the governing rules of the SMSF.
Aside from the legislative requirement, this highlights the importance of regularly reviewing a fund's investment strategy.Cassandra Townsend, Thomson Reuters
In our earlier ClearLaw article titled "The importance of a comprehensive SMSF investment strategy", our lawyers at Maddocks outlined the SIS Act and Regulations requirements around SMSF investment strategies.
Under the law, a trustee must regularly review the fund's investment strategy. If a fund's investments are not consistent with that strategy, the trustee can:
You can read about how to vary your fund's investment strategy on our website.
You can read earlier ClearLaw articles on a range of SMSF topics.
Paul is a Senior Associate in the Maddocks Commercial team with particular expertise in commercial agreements for the supply of goods and/or services, the Personal Property Securities Act 2009, the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 and the National Credit Code and the Australian Consumer Law.
Paul's key areas of practice include:
Before joining Maddocks, Paul was employed for 13 years with the Victorian Department of Justice, principally as a Deputy Registrar in the Victorian Magistrate's Court, but also as a legislation, policy and project officer for the Department.
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