General interest


Advocacy Update

While we wait for companies to release their financial results for the period ending 31 December 2017, there are also a number of AGMs held during the first quarter of the calendar.


How will downsizer contributions work for SMSFs?

To reduce pressure on housing affordability, downsizer contributions provide an incentive for super fund members aged 65 years or older to sell a main residence. The Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure On Housing Affordability Measures No. 1) Act 2017 (Cth) which introduces downsizer contributions received royal assent on 13 December 2017.


E-commerce's relentless rise is rattling many traditional retail businesses

Amazon’s ascent is part of e-commerce’s broader emergence in recent decades over which time online shopping sites multiplied and just about every consumer brand launched a website. In a compliment to Bezos’s foresight, the term ‘the Amazon effect’ symbolises the disruption that e-commerce has inflicted on traditional, or store-based, retail across the globe. E-commerce is thriving the world over because shoppers like the convenience, greater choice, the ability to compare deals and people associate internet shopping with lower prices. Jack Ma’s Alibaba, for instance, is sweeping through China’s retail industry.


Moving to New Zealand

With GDP at about 2.5% p.a, the New Zealand economy has been performing well for the last few years. The country has experienced strong net migration with returning Kiwis and Australians contributing significantly to these numbers. Recent government change has not changed Australians’ right in New Zealand. 

What would be the key considerations for a move to New Zealand in regard to investments and tax?


ASA Company Monitor Richard Wilkins at the IAG AGM

The ASA has a dedicated team of company monitors who meet with company chairmen and directors to discuss issues of importance to our members. Based on our board engagement and independent analysis of the annual report and financial statements, our monitors prepare voting intentions having to regard to ASA's voting guidelines and attend AGMs on behalf of our members.