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Another important factor when considering exchange-traded options in a SMSF is taxation. In the past, SMSF option traders have included gains on option trading in assessable income and in turn treated losses as deductions that could be offset against another fund’s income (such as interest or dividends). Typical investor comments also included: “SMSF funds do not allow options trading, as far as I was told”, and “As self-funded retirees, my wife and I have to live on our assets, and as such, gambling on options has little appeal”.

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Trading table for a Self Managed Super Fund The enclosed table summarises options trading in a SMSF. Trade Allowed Sell Covered Calls Yes, with the intent to sell the stock.

Under a revised tax regime that will apply from July 1, , any losses on option trades can only be offset against capital gains. This contrasts with widely held trading rules, where certain investors have been able to offset losses against current fund income such as interest income and dividend income.

How will it affect the use of exchange-traded options as an income strategy? Many experts believe these rules already apply to DIY funds. This means if investors have no capital gains because they have not sold any investments at a capital profit during the financial year, the best they can do with option-related losses in a DIY fund is accumulate them for offset against gains in a future financial year.

Losses on options trading generally occur when option buyers sell out of their position at a price below the premium they paid. While such profits have been treated as revenue by some investors, the treatment for a DIY fund investor will need to be along capital profit lines. This means no immediate deduction for the cost of the option. Instead the option premium cost can only be added to the cost of the shares establishing a higher cost price in the capital gains calculations that apply when the shares are sold.

As far as the tax treatment of a profit made by option sellers who make extra income by offering investors the right to buy their shares, if the option is not exercised the premium received by the DIY fund is taxed as capital income. You can follow Smart Investor on Twitter: Select All Remove News.

Exchange-traded options Author and options adviser Wai-Yee Chen of broker RBS Morgans, says an exchange-traded option ETO is actually a financial contract between two investors that is organised and monitored by a stock exchange such as the Australian Securities Exchange. Exercising is a choice A special aspect of ETOs is that the option seller must deliver their shares at the predetermined price if requested by the buyer during the contract period.

Income strategy A reader writes: Option-related losses This means if investors have no capital gains because they have not sold any investments at a capital profit during the financial year, the best they can do with option-related losses in a DIY fund is accumulate them for offset against gains in a future financial year. Capital income As far as the tax treatment of a profit made by option sellers who make extra income by offering investors the right to buy their shares, if the option is not exercised the premium received by the DIY fund is taxed as capital income.

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You can purchase and sell exchange traded options as part of a hedging strategy but any premiums paid or received are to be show as CGT events.

Be particularly careful with any investment in CFDs. This is because you are effectively providing a charge over fund assets. Reply "Hi Mr Taxman, I am considering trading forex through my smsf. Am I best to open a pam account to trade linked accounts in the fund?

What deductions can I apply to forex trading? Can I include commissions or spreads as a deduction? If I am doing the trading, am I able to pay myself a fee for trading and is it a deductable item? Can I pay it back into the fund? I have 2 children with Permanent Disabilities. Are they able to claim a pension from the fund under the special conditions? I am considering changing from accumulation to pension phase.

Will this change any of the above listed questions? Reply "Hopefully I answered these questions in your private email that you probably sent at the same time.

Worthwhile seeing a professional face to face before implementing alot of your ideas. Reply "I'd like to see answers to all of these questions, as they were asked, without the private email. I'm thinking that many people would like to trade forex on their SMSF ". Reply "Is it possible to see the answers to those questions? Reply "Just wondering if this question has been answered?

I'm looking to trade options with major companies in the US and seeing if this was possible.

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You can purchase and sell exchange traded options as part of a hedging strategy but any premiums paid or received are to be show as CGT events. And it is that attractiveness of being able to invest super monies in particular assets means that similar growth is expected to continue for some time yet.

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