Have you ever heard of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds? Also known as SMSF, this is a type of fund that works towards your retirement savings. In recent years, it has gained popularity as an attractive option for superannuation funds for many reasons, some of them being:
Ability to manage your own funds – the most obvious advantage that accountants and other financial counsellors and advisors cite when it comes to self-managed superannuation funds is the ability to be in control of your funds. As opposed to other schemes or plans that deal with your superannuation funds, the SMSF boasts the ability to keep you in control of what happens to your money. To many individuals, this can make a great difference, and with good reason.
Ability to diversify – if you have spoken with SMSF auditors previously, you might have heard of a specific advantage they often quote – the ability to diversify your assets. One special feature of SMSF is the fact that you have an extremely large variety of assets in which you can invest in – expensive artwork and other exotic forms of assets are also included amongst these. As you would know, investing in a portfolio of assets is advantageous as it insures you against any possible drawbacks to any one type of asset.
Reduced taxes – moving on, the self-managed superannuation funds are also ideal due to the fact that they shield you from many taxes – or at the very least, ensure that you pay considerably less in taxes than compared to investing in assets under your personal name. For example, the nature of SMSF makes it possible to have considerably lower tax rates once you reach the specified elderly age in your country (usually 55 to 60 years).
Inheritance and transferring wealth – another most important advantage of a self-managed superannuation fund is the fact that it allows for the smooth transfer of money – upon your death or otherwise – to your next-of-kin or other dependents. By making use of an SMSF, you can make the transfer process as tax-free as possible: in most cases, your dependents (i.e. your children and spouse) will pay no taxes at all to receive your inheritance, whereas similar non-dependents (i.e. siblings, distant relatives, etc.) will be paying minimal taxes to receive their share of the wealth. Either way, this makes the use of SMSF advantageous, regardless of whether your wealth is significant or not. Not to add, the use of a fund allows for staggered payments, as opposed to a single, lump payment. This can prove extremely useful when your dependents are children or disabled individuals incapable of managing their funds (or are individuals with problematic traits, such as compulsive gambling or spending habits).