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Imputed Credits (or Imputation Credits)
Companies are required to pay tax on their profits – currently at the rate of a flat 30% in Australia. When companies pay shareholders a dividend, that dividend is often paid from after-tax monies. In order to avoid double-taxation, a dividend imputation system was introduced that ensures investors who receive dividends are only taxed on the difference between the 30% already paid and their own marginal tax rate. When you claim for the tax already paid on dividends prior to them being received, that claim is termed a claim for ”imputed credits” or ”franking credits”. Since superannuation funds are generally taxed at less than 30%, the ”imputed credits” on dividends accrue to reduce your Fund’s overall tax obligation, or result in a tax refund. (See also Franked income)
A fund member who has not received any employer contributions to his or her account for an extended period of time.
Assets that generate a large part of their returns from regular income and have limited potential for capital gains (for example, fixed interest and cash).
Income Protection Insurance
Insurance cover intended to deliver a regular income if you become ill or temporarily disabled and can’t work for a period of time.
A Centrelink-administered means test that determines your eligibility for the Government Age Pension and other social security payments by examining your income.
A measure of the change in value of a market or sectors of a market. For example, the ASX/S&P Accumulation Index measures the change in the overall value of shares listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. All stock exchanges have indices to measure the price of listed companies.
A fund that aims to closely follow the investment performance of a selected market index.
Indexed capital gains
The term ”indexed capital gains” refers to the amount of capital gain achieved on an asset sale after application of an indexation factor. Although assets may be disposed of for a high price than they were acquired, the apparent gain may not accurately represent actual gain because the average cost of goods and services has risen during the period. Applying an indexation factor adjusts the taxable capital gain to more accurately reflect real profit.
Indirect Cost Ratio
The cost to manage your investments, expressed as a percentage of assets. The cost may include investment management, custodian and asset consultant fees. Fees paid to investment managers may also include performance fees when their investment returns exceed agreed performance benchmarks. Fees are calculated looking back as at 30 June each year (using the average value of all the assets in the investment option over the year to 30 June).
Industrials (or Industrial shares)
Shares of companies that produce or sell goods or services, as distinct from resource or mining companies. Industrials make up about two-thirds of the Australian share market.
Industry Super Funds
Originally catered to workers from a particular employment sector, most Industry Super Funds are now open to the public. These funds usually have lower fees and are run only to benefit members, not shareholders.
The increase in the prices of goods and services in the economy, usually measured by examining the cost of a basket of goods and services as defined in the Consumer Price Index.
Facilities such as airports, roads and power stations.
Initial Public Offering
The first time a company offers shares to the public.
Illegally trading in stocks on the basis of ‘inside’ or secret information not available to the general public.
An amount paid to purchase insurance against death, disablement or loss of income ―often deducted from a member’s superannuation account.
Someone you live with or have a close personal relationship with, financially or domestically support, or who provides you with financial assistance, domestic support or care. You also have an interdependent relationship if you have a close personal relationship and are unable to meet the other three requirements because one or both of you suffer from a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability or because one or both of you were temporarily living apart.
Suspension of trading that lasts for less than a business day.
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A person or business engaged on a continuing basis over a period to manage your investment portfolio and advise on buying and selling.
A term that describes an investor’s approach to risk, income generation, growth, etc.
The length of time you have to invest.
An asset in which you invest aiming to achieve a financial return. This may be stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, futures or a property trust.