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Self-Managed Super Fund

A Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF), also known as Do It Yourself (DIY) Super, is a Superannuation Fund you establish and run yourself.

Many Australians are now choosing to manage their own superannuation.

The advantages of managing your own fund include

  • greater control over your investment strategy
  • choice and diversity of investment assets
  • potential cost savings – this can be rewarding both personally and financially.

Is it right for me?

  • A minimum investment amount of $200,000 is required as there will be some upfront and ongoing costs involved in establishing and running your fund.
  • Ideal if you like flexibility and control over your investments. There are strict rules around how a SMSF can invest, so it’s recommended you seek professional advice if you are not comfortable doing this yourself  
  • You need to invest sufficient time in managing your own fund. Each trustee is responsible for the decisions and operation of the fund, including compliance and setting the fund’s investment strategy
  • Annual audits are required and they need to be conducted by an approved auditor.

Setting up your Self-Managed Super Fund

Establishing your fund correctly from the start is vital to ensure that it runs smoothly. With the right advice and expert guidance, usually from an accountant, you can be confident that your fund will be set up correctly and all legal requirements taken care of. Establishing your SMSF includes:

  • Establishing the Trust Deed
  • Appointing the trustees and agreeing how the assets of the Fund will be held and managed
  • Registering your fund with the ATO, establishing a Tax File Number (TFN) for the fund as well as an Australian Business Number (ABN) if it is a Corporate Trust
  • Establishing a cash hub account, such as the BankSA Investment Cash Account, in the name of your Self-Managed Super Fund to accept your super contributions and to pay the running expenses of your fund
  • Rollover your existing Super that may be with your Industry fund or Corporate Super fund to your newly established SMSF. Organise to have the money transferred to the bank account in your SMSF’s name and then you can start investing the funds as you like.
  • Invest your Super - once you have rolled over your Super, you can begin investing it.

BankSA has a range of products to help you manage your Self-Managed Super Fund.

1. Start with your Cash Hub Account

Self Managed Super Funds typically have a working account at the centre of all their investments. The BankSA Investment Cash Account offers flexible and convenient options to do your fund’s banking, ranging from Internet and Phone Banking to branch and cheque book access.

You can use this account to:

  • Earn competitive interest while you ‘park’ your funds when you’re between investments,
  • Pay your super fund’s expenses,
  • Accept your regular superannuation contributions,
  • Accept your dividends from your shares, rent from your property, interest from your Term Deposits and distributions from your managed funds.

2. At-Call Interest Investments

At-call Savings account allows you to grow your super with the knowledge that your money is secure. You also can access you funds through your linked working account, to take advantage of investment opportunities as they arise.

3.Fixed Term Deposits

These cash investments provide you with peace of mind to ensure you are comfortable now, and in retirement. You can select a term from 1 month to 5 years and earn a guaranteed rate.

4. Buying shares for your Self Managed Super Fund

If you’re interested in buying shares, instalment warrants and managed funds, Directshares is a convenient, low cost way to manage your investments, where and how you want. With our extensive range of investment tools and research, you will have what you need to help you unlock investment opportunities:

  • Independent Buy, Sell and Hold recommendations and ratings for over 300 stocks
  • Free, easy to use, annual tax summary
  • In-depth company profiles including key financial ratios and dividend performance
  • Australian and overseas market news, real-time company announcements and commentary from industry experts

When buying managed funds in Super with directshares Online Broking, you can also:

  • Gain access to more than 500 managed funds
  • Access free research from Morningstar to help you review the performance and investment objectives of a fund
  • Invest online with no need for paperwork, and view your shares and managed funds in one place
  • Benefit from no entry and exit fees

Make more informed decision with BankSA Financial Planning

While there are benefits in establishing a SMSF, running your own fund is complex and there are many things you have to consider. A BankSA Financial Planner can help you make more informed decisions about your SMSF options and investment strategies by understanding your financial situation and helping you to develop a financial plan to meet your short-term and long-term goals. The right planner has the potential to provide value for money and create a tailored plan to grow and protect your financial future.

Some services provided by our financial planners include:

  • Establishing your SMSF
  • Making the most of your superannuation
  • Maximising your income in retirement
  • Discussing strategies to help reduce tax
  • Learning how to accumulate wealth through margin lending and investment gearing strategies
  • Providing expert advice on redundancy or early retirement

If you are looking to establish a SMSF or for financial insight and guidance, a BankSA Financial Planner can make a difference. They will be able to offer sensible, achievable solutions and help you avoid costly mistakes or missed opportunities that could side track your future plans.

Important information

The explanation of Self-Managed Super Funds as contained in this page has been provided by BankSA - A Division of Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 (BankSA) with no involvement by Share Investing Limited and BankSA confirms its accuracy. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Share Investing Limited expressly disclaims liability and takes no responsibility for any part of this page except for the content under the heading ‘Buying Shares for your Self-Managed Super Fund’.” All rights reserved. BankSA is not intending to furnish tax or financial advice. BankSA recommends you obtain specific tax and financial advice on your own position from suitably qualified advisers before making any financial decision in relation to any matters discussed on this page or opening an SMSF. Fees, charges and conditions apply. Products are only available in Australia. The information on this page is current as at 12 May 2011. BankSA Financial Planners are authorised representatives of BankSA – A Division of Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 AFSL 233714 Australian credit license 233714.

This information has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation and needs. Because of this, you should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs.