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Zurich pledges to COVID-19 support
ELIZA BAVIN  |  TUESDAY, 2 JUN 2020
Zurich Australia and OnePath Life announced donations to 20 charities with COVID-19 response funding. Zurich said it has made a $1.4 million donation from the Z Zurich Foundation to help local community programs respond to increased demand. Zurich ...
UniSuper stares down job crisis
ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  TUESDAY, 2 JUN 2020
The industry superannuation fund for universities is the only defined benefit fund still open to new members in Australia, now it is grappling with how the sector has been decimated by COVID-19. The travel bans put in place around the world to curb ...
Gold holding onto Fibonacci resistance: Daily FX
ELIZA BAVIN  |  TUESDAY, 2 JUN 2020
As gold continues to be a highly sought safe haven during ongoing market concerns, gold prices are an indication the precious metal is the most overbought since 2011, according to Daily FX analysis. James Stanley, strategist at Daily FX, said the price ...
Impact offers opportunity during crisis: Report
ELIZA BAVIN  |  MONDAY, 1 JUN 2020
As COVID-19 exposes entrenched problems in society, the ability to scale social impact investments in Australia holds significant promise to drive progress towards solutions, a new report reveals. UTS associate professor Danielle Logue and Dr Gillian ...
No slowdown in sight for ERS applications
ELIZA BAVIN  |  MONDAY, 1 JUN 2020
Despite COVID-19 restrictions easing across the country, applications for the Early Release of Super scheme have shown no sign of slowing, according to APRA's weekly data. Over the week to May 24, superannuation funds made payments to 220,000 members ...
Super withdrawals being misused
ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  MONDAY, 1 JUN 2020
New research has revealed 40% of those who accessed their superannuation early did not see any drop in their income during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data released by Illion and AlphaBeta, part of Accenture, shows that early superannuation withdrawal ...
Recruitment lifts as economy reopens
ALLY SELBY  |  MONDAY, 1 JUN 2020
Job ad volumes in banking and finance are up 17% since their COVID-19 lows, with sentiment improving as the Australian economy gradually reopens. That's according to recruitment firm Kaizen Recruitment, who said there has been a backlog of roles ...
Red tape to slow recovery: Lowe
ELIZA BAVIN  |  FRIDAY, 29 MAY 2020
Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe has called for de-regulation, warning excess regulation threatens the "dynamism" of the Australian economy. Speaking to the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19, Lowe said the past three months have been ...
ERS emerges as tax loophole for expats
ALLY SELBY  |  FRIDAY, 29 MAY 2020
The government's early release scheme has opened up a handy loophole for expats living in Australia, helping them withdraw their super balances tax-free. Normally, temporary Australian residents would face a 35% tax on the taxable component of their ...
Super release widens gender gap: AMP
ALLY SELBY  |  FRIDAY, 29 MAY 2020
The government's early release scheme is widening the gender superannuation gap, as a higher proportion of women draw down on their super savings to weather the COVID-19 crisis. The analysis, coming out of AMP, found that 21% of women were withdrawing ...
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