Services I Provide as a Professional Financial Planner and SMSF Specialist Advisor


Finding a Professional Adviser

I recently had my 17-year-old son do some work experience in the office and after a few days he asked “what do you do for your clients dad?” I rattled off my elevator speech about my core belief that “I put people back in control of their finances and empower them to plan for a brighter future.” He looked at me as if I had two heads and said “yeah but what do you actually do?” Well that hit me like a brick and I realised that many people do not know what I actually do as a Professional Financial Planner. No not just a Financial Planner but a professional who lives and breathes his work and is building a business around the clients he takes care of and not around the amount of funds under management.

When I sat down with my business partner, Michael Rambaldini, and our team and we looked at what we have done for clients over the last few decades. We split the role in to 5 parts:

  • The financial plan designer who deals with the big picture of your goals and dreams and strategies to achieve them from a financial perspective. As part of this we help get back control by ensuring you are more organised.
  • The relationship builder – someone who earns your trust, becomes your financial coach and guides you through your financial journey with confidence. We deal with many clients so understand the changes in lifestyle and monetary needs as you age.
  • The investment strategist who chooses how to build wealth to fund those objectives. We bring that third-party view to help you avoid emotionally driven investment.
  • The insurance adviser who makes sense of the options available and make an assessment of the needs of the family in terms of risk management and protecting the family’s financial future.
  • The tax consultant (often with an accountant) to minimise the leakage from those returns and ensure compliance.

Now to actually show how that is done and the actual services provided I have made some lists and while not exhaustive they encompass 99% of what I can do for my clients.

A Professional Financial Planner:

  1. Guides you to think about areas of your financial life you may not have considered.
  2. Formalises your goals and puts them in writing.
  3. Helps you prioritise your financial objectives in the right order not what’s easy first.
  4. Helps you determine realistic benchmarks.
  5. Makes you accountable for your own strategies through regular reviews.
  6. Studies possible alternatives that could meet your goals.
  7. Helps you work out your best Salary Sacrifice strategy
  8. Prepares a “big picture” financial plan called a Statement of Advice for you. This should be a reference document for the detailed strategy.
  9. Suggests creative alternatives that you may not have considered including the best way to maximise Centrelink benefits.
  10. Assists you in setting up a Superannuation plan and maybe even an SMSF when the time is right.
  11. Reviews your children’s educational cost funding strategy.
  12. Provides reminders about updates to key financial planning data.
  13. Checks with you before the end of the year to identify any last-minute financial planning needs.
  14. Guides you on ways to fund health care and other lump sum expenses in retirement.
  15. Assists in preparing an estate plan for you.
  16. Cares more about you and your money than anyone who doesn’t share your last name.

A PERSONAL FINANCIAL COACH:

  1. Monitors changes in your life, career and family situation.
  2. Proactively keeps in touch with you with news and ideas, educating you along the way.
  3. Serves as a human glossary of financial terms such as alpha, P/E ratio, and franking credits.
  4. Provides referrals to other professionals, such as accountants, auditors and lawyers.
  5. Shares the experience of dozens of his clients who have also faced circumstances similar to yours. (I’m Irish so I love a story to relay a solution)
  6. Helps with the continuity of your family’s financial plan through generations.
  7. Keeps you on track with reviews to achieve your objectives.
  8. Identifies your savings shortfalls and strategies to plug the gap.
  9. Develops and monitors a strategy for debt reduction.
  10. Is a wise sounding board for ideas you are considering.
  11. I provide the necessary resources to facilitate your decisions, and explaining the opportunities and risks associated with each option.
  12. Provides “the sleep factor” so you are not stressed about money
  13. Is there for your spouse and family should anything happen to you.
  14. Is honest with you, always, even when it means saying NO!

AN INVESTMENT STRATEGIST:

  1. Prepares an asset allocation for you so you can achieve the best rate of return for a given level of risk tolerance.
  2. Stays up to date on changes in the investment world.
  3. Monitors your investments.
  4. Reviews your investments in your company superannuation plans.
  5. Reviews the costs of your existing plan to ensure it is value for money
  6. Helps transition your investments from Accumulation phase to providing a retirement income.
  7. Refers you to mortgage broker for loan and debt financing.
  8. Suggests alternative strategies to increase your income during retirement.
  9. Researches and keeps records of your cost basis on shares and property
  10. Provides you with reliable investment research and often differing views from a range of sources.
  11. Provides you with personal investment analysis.
  12. Determines the risk level of your existing portfolio.
  13. Helps you consolidate and simplify your superannuation and investments.
  14. Can provide you with technical, fundamental, and quantitative investment analysis.
  15. Provides introductions to new investment opportunities.
  16. Shows you how to access your statements and other information online.

AN INSURANCE ADVISER:

  1. Reviews and recommends life, TPD, Trauma and Income Protection insurance policies to protect your family.
  2. Advises on the best structure in terms of within or outside of superannuation to hold the policies
  3. Advises on which entity should own these policies to achieve the desired outcome in the event of a claim.
  4. Looks at Keyman and Business Expenses Insurance for professional and small business clients.
  5. Holding your hand or if the worst happens, your family’s hand while we process a claim with you in the event of illness, injury or death.

A TAX CONSULTANT (within the limits of my licence):

  1. Suggests alternatives to manage income streams and  lower your taxes during retirement.
  2. Reviews your tax strategies/returns with an eye to possible savings in the future.
  3. Stays up to-date on tax law changes.
  4. Helps you reduce your current taxes.
  5. Helps you determine and fund your desired income in retirement and minimum pension payments.
  6. Re-positions investments to take full advantage of tax law provisions.
  7. Facilitates the transfer of investments from individual names to trust(s), or from an owner through to beneficiaries.
  8. Works with your  accountant, tax agent and legal advisers to help you meet your financial goals.

I can’t live your life for you but I can smooth the way!

Are you looking to build that sort of relationship? Do you want a professional advisor that will take the time to build that trusted relationship with you. Please contact me if you want to look at your own options. We have offices in Castle Hill and Windsor but can meet clients anywhere in Sydney or via Skype. Just click the Schedule Now button up on the left to find the appointment options.

Liam Shorte B.Bus SSA™ AFP

Financial Planner & SMSF Specialist Advisor™

SMSF Specialist Adviser 

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Verante Financial Planning

Tel: 02 98941844, Mobile: 0413 936 299

PO Box 6002 BHBC, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153

5/15 Terminus St. Castle Hill NSW 2154

Corporate Authorised Representative of Magnitude Group Pty Ltd ABN 54 086 266 202, AFSL 221557

This information has been prepared without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this you should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. This website provides an overview or summary only and it should not be considered a comprehensive statement on any matter or relied upon as such.

 

So How Much Can I Contribute to my SMSF Using the Bring Forward Rule


3 Year Bring Forward Rule

3 Year Bring Forward Rule

So the government have announced the revised changes to the budget as outlined in my earlier blog Opportunities after Government back-flip on the superannuation reforms announced in the 2016 Budget. Now to explore in more detail the actual workings of the new Non-Concessional contributions rules and the “Bring Forward Rule” which allows larger lump sums to be contributed by bringing forward 2 future years of the non-concessional contribution cap to the current year.

For 2016-17 the single year capped contribution amount is $180,000 and then from 1 July 2017 it reduces to $100,000. So this year you can still use the bring forward rule to contribute the full $540,000 before June 30th 2017 and that has been confirmed by treasury. However if you do not have enough to meet that full contribution limit you can still trigger your cap by contributing at least $180,001 before the end of the year. Note that you may also have already triggered that rule in one of the 2 previous financials years and be wondering how much of the cap you have remaining. Well this table will clarify that for you.

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In summary the Limit to Bring Forward Contributions  based on year triggered are:

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So for example;

If an SMSF member triggered the Non Concessional Cap bring forward rule this financial year with a $300,000 non-concessional contribution and could not make another NCC contribution before 30 June 2017, they could only contribute $80,000 as a non-concessional contribution in the 2017/18 financial year.

$1.6 million eligibility threshold and how it affects the 3 bring forward rule for contributions made after 1 July 2017

From 1 July 2017 another rule also applies that affects NCC contributions. Individuals are unable to make further NCCs where their total superannuation balance is $1.6 million or more (tested at 30 June of previous financial year). Where an individual’s balance is close to $1.6 million, they can only make a contribution or use the bring forward to take their balance to $1.6 million but not beyond.

Superannuation Balance Contribution and bring forward available
Less than $1,300,000 3 years $300,000
$1,300,000 – $1,400.000 3 years $300,000
$1,400,000 – $1,500.000 2 years $200,000
$1,500,000 – $1,600.000 1 years $100,000
$1,600,000+ NIL

What should you do now

If you are considering making a contribution this year then I strongly recommend that you track your previous 2 years contributions using the above tables  to assess how much you have contributed and how much you can now still contribute under the new rules.

I hope this guidance has been helpful and please take the time to comment. Feedback always appreciated. Please reblog, retweet, like on Facebook etc to make sure we get the news out there. As always please contact me if you want to look at your own options. We have offices in Castle Hill and Windsor but can meet clients anywhere in Sydney or via Skype. Just click the Schedule Now button up on the left to find the appointment options.

Liam Shorte B.Bus SSA™ AFP

Financial Planner & SMSF Specialist Advisor™

SMSF Specialist Adviser 

 Follow SMSFCoach on Twitter Liam Shorte on Linkedin NextGen Wealth on Facebook   

Verante Financial Planning

Tel: 02 98941844, Mobile: 0413 936 299

PO Box 6002 BHBC, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153

5/15 Terminus St. Castle Hill NSW 2154

Corporate Authorised Representative of Magnitude Group Pty Ltd ABN 54 086 266 202, AFSL 221557

This information has been prepared without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this you should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. This website provides an overview or summary only and it should not be considered a comprehensive statement on any matter or relied upon as such.

 

One Page SMSF End of Financial Year Checklist 2013


Ok last day to get your SMSF fund in order and ensure we are making the most of the strategies available to us. Here is a one page checklist of the most important issues that you should address with your advisors well before the year-end. For more detail on each issue visit the full article on The SMSF Coach – EOFY 2013 Strategies

1. It’s all about timing! Forget about doing anything for your fund after the Thursday June 27th
2. Review  Your Concessional Contributions – 25K , 25K, 25K max
3. Review your Non-Concessional Contributions
4. Co-Contribution
5. Spouse Contribution
6. Over 65? Do you meet the work test? (The 40 hours in any 30 days rule)
7. Check any payments you may have made on behalf of the fund.
8. Notice Of Intent To Claim A Deduction
9. Contributions Splitting
10. Off Market Share Transfers (selling shares from your own name to your fund)
11. Pension Payments
12. Reversionary Pension is often preferred option to pass funds to spouse or dependent child.
13. Review Capital Gains Tax Position of each investment
14. Review and Update the Investment Strategy not forgetting to include Insurance of Members
15. Collate and Document records of all asset movements and decisions
16. June Contributions Deductible this year but can be allocated across 2 years.
17. Market Valuations of all assets now required
18. In-House Assets – keep below the 5% limit at all times
19. TPD Insurance (Total Permanent Disability – basically “never work again” insurance)
20. Do you need to update to a Corporate Trustee
21. Check the ownership details of all SMSF Investments
22. Review Estate Planning and Loss of Mental Capacity Strategies.

As always please contact me if you want to look at your own options as we are currently taking on new clients. We have offices in Castle Hill and Windsor but can meet clients anywhere in Sydney or online via Skype.

Liam Shorte B.Bus SSA™ AdvDipFS

Financial Planner & SMSF Specialist Advisor™

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Tel: 02 8853 6833,  Mobile: 0413 936 299

liam@nextgenwealth.com.au

PO Box 6002 BHBC, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153

 Liam Shorte is a partner in NextGen Wealth Solutions, Corporate Authorised Representative of Genesys Wealth Advisers Limited, Licence No 232686, Genesys Wealth Advisers Limited ABN 20 060 778 216 • AFSL No.232686

Important information :

The information in this article is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not take into consideration your personal circumstances. You are encouraged to seek financial advice suitable to your circumstances to avoid a decision that is not appropriate. Any reference to your actual circumstances is coincidental. Genesys and its representatives receive fees and brokerage from the provision of financial advice or placement of financial products.

SMSF End of Financial Year Checklist 2013


OK so here we are already in the last quarter and with only 3 months to the end of the financial year to get our fund in order and ensure we are making the most of the strategies available SMSF 2013 Checklistto us. Here is a check-list of the most important issues that you should address with your advisers well before the year-end.

1.       It’s all about timing!

First thing to note is that June 30th falls on a Sunday this year so forget about doing anything for your fund after the 27th as funds transferred from Friday the 28th are unlikely to hit an account before the 1st July.

2.       Review  Your Concessional Contributions – 25K!, yes only 25K,  yes 25K max

Maximise contributions up to concessional contribution cap but do not exceed the 25 K Concession Limits that applies to everyone who is eligible to contribute this year.  Excess contributions tax is nasty and should always be avoided. So check employer contributions on normal pay and bonuses, salary sacrifice and premiums for insurance in super as they may all be included in the limit.

3.        Review your Non-Concessional Contributions

Have you considered making non-concessional contributions to move investments in to super and out of your personal, company or trust name.  May you have proceeds from and inheritance or sale of a property sitting in cash. As shares and cash have increased in value you may find that personal tax provisions are increasing and moving some assets to super may help control your tax bill.  Are you nearing 65, then consider your contribution timing strategy to take advantage of the “bring forward” provisions before turning age 65 to contribute up to $450,000.

4.       Co-Contribution

Check your eligibility for the co-contribution and if you are eligible take advantage.  Note that the rules have changed and are very different from previous years. To calculate the super co-contribution you could be eligible to receive based on your income and personal super contributions, use the Super co-contribution calculator.

5.       Spouse Contribution

If your spouse has assessable income plus reportable fringe benefits totalling less than $10,800 then consider making a spouse contribution. Check out the ATO guidance here

6.       Over 65? Do you meet the work test? (The 40 hours in any 30 days rule)

You should review your ability to make contributions as if you If you have reached age 65 you must pass the work test of 40 hours in any 30 day period, in order to continue to make contributions to super. Check out ATO Age Related contribution guidance

7.       Check any payments you may have made on behalf of the fund.

It is important that you check for amounts that may form a superannuation contribution in accordance with TR 2010/1 (ask your advisor), such as expenses paid for on behalf of the fund, debt forgiveness or in-specie contributions, insurance premiums for cover via super paid from outside the fund.

8.       Notice Of Intent To Claim A Deduction

If you are planning on claiming a tax deduction for personal concessional contributions you must have a valid ‘notice of intent to claim a tax deduction’.  If you intend to start a pension this notice must be made before you commence the pension.

9.        Contributions Splitting

Consider splitting contributions with your spouse, especially if your family has one main income earner with a substantially higher balance. This is a simple no cost strategy I recommend everyone look at especially with the Government moving on taxing higher balance accounts. See my blog about this strategy here.

10.   Off Market Share Transfers (selling shares from your own name to your fund)

The proposed ban on Off-Market transfer of shares into a SMSF has been dropped. YEAH!  If you want to move any shareholdings into super you should still act early. Here is the Standard Form for Computershare and here is the Link Market Services Form

11.   Pension Payments

If you are in pension phase, ensure the minimum pension has been taken.  For transition to retirement pensions, ensure you have not taken more than 10% of your opening account balance this financial year.

The minimum payment amounts have been by 25% for the 2012-13 years. The following table shows the minimum percentage factor (indicative only) for each age group.

Age Minimum % withdrawal 2012-13 year for certain pensions and annuities Minimum % withdrawal (in all other cases)
Under 65 3% 4%
65-74 3.75% 5%
75-79 4.5% 6%
80-84 5.25% 7%
85-89 6.75% 9%
90-94 8.25% 11%
95 or more 10.5% 14%

Sacrificial Lamb

Think about having a sacrificial lamb, a second lower value pension that can sacrificed if minimum not taken. In this way if you pay only a small amount less than the minimum you only have to lose the smaller pensions concession rather than the concession on your full balance. When combined with the ATO relief discussed in the following article “What-happens-if-i-don’t-take-the-minimum-pension”  you will have a buffer for mistakes.

12.    Reversionary Pension is often the preferred option to pass funds to a spouse or dependent child.

You should Review your pension documentation and check if you have nominated a reversionary pension.  If not, consider your family situation and options to have a reversionary pension. This is especially important with blended families and children from previous marriages that may contest your current spouse’s rights to your assets. Also consider reversionary pensions for dependent disabled children

13.   Review Capital Gains Tax Position of each investment

Review any capital gains made during the year and over the term you have held the asset and consider disposing of investments with unrealised losses to offset the gains made. If in pension phase then consider triggering some capital gains regularly to avoid building up an unrealised gain that may be at risk to government changes in legislation like those proposed this year.

14.   Review and Update the Investment Strategy not forgetting to include Insurance of Members

Review your investment strategy and ensure all investments have been made in accordance with it, and the funds deed.  Also, make sure your investment strategy has been updated to include consideration of insurances for members. See my article of this subject here. Don’t know what to do..call us.

15.    Collate and Document records of all asset movements and decisions

Ensure all the funds activities have been appropriately documented with minutes, and that all copies of all statements and schedules are on file for your accountant/administrator and auditor.

16.   June Contributions Deductible this year but can be allocated across 2 years.

For those who may have a large taxable income this year and are expecting a lower taxable next year you should consider a contribution allocation strategy to maximise deductions for the current financial year. This strategy is also known as a “Contributions Reserving” strategy but the ATO are not fans of Reserves so best to avoid that wording!

17.   Market Valuations

Regulations now require assets to be valued at market value each year, ensure that you have re-valued assets such as property and collectables. Here is a good article by Liz Westover of the Institute of Chartered Accountants on the subject.

18.   In-House Assets

If your fund has any investments in in-house assets you must make sure that at all times the market value of these investments is less than 5% of the value of the fund. Do not take this rule lightly as the new penalty regime will make it easier for the ATO to apply fines for smaller misdemeanours.

19.   TPD Insurance (Total Permanent Disability – basically “never work again” insurance)

Have you reviewed your insurances inside and outside of super? Check your TPD policies owned by the fund for own occupation definition as the rules about deductibility for these policies have changed. Here is a link to a good article about this subject from Money Management

  • 20.   Do you need to update to a Corporate Trustee  

We recommend a corporate trustee to all clients.  To understand why please read this article on Why SMSFs should have a Corporate Trustee

21.   Check the ownership details of all SMSF Investments

Make sure the assets of the fund are held in the name of the trustees on behalf of the fund and that means all of them. Check carefully any online accounts you may have set up without checking the exact ownership details.  You have to ensure all SMSF assets are kept separate from your other assets.

22. Review Estate Planning and Loss of Mental Capacity Strategies.

Review any Binding Death Benefit Nominations (BDN) to ensure they are valid and still in accordance with your wishes.  Also ensure you have appropriate Enduring Power of Attorney’s (EPOA) in place allow someone to step in to your place as Trustee in the event of mental incapacity or death. Do you know what your Deed says on the subject?

23. Review any SMSF Loans

Have you made all the payments on your internal or third-party loans, have you looked at options on prepaying interest or fixing the rates while low. Have you made sure all payments in regards to Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements (LRBA) for the year were made through the SMSF Trustee. If you bought a property using borrowing , has the Holding Trust been stamped by your state’s Office of State Revenue.

Don’t leave it until June, review your Self Managed Super Fund now and seek advice if in doubt about any matter.

As always please contact me if you want to look at your own options as we are currently taking on new clients. We have offices in Castle Hill and Windsor but can meet clients anywhere in Sydney or online via Skype.

Liam Shorte B.Bus SSA™ AdvDipFS

Financial Planner & SMSF Specialist Advisor™

Verante Financial Planning

 Follow SMSFCoach on Twitter  Liam Shorte on Linkedin  NextGen Wealth on Facebook  

Tel: 02 8853 6833,  Mobile: 0413 936 299

liam@verante.com.au

PO Box 6002 BHBC, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153

 Liam Shorte is a partner in Verante Pty Ltd, Corporate Authorised Representative of Genesys Wealth Advisers Limited, Licence No 232686, Genesys Wealth Advisers Limited ABN 20 060 778 216 • AFSL No.232686

Important information :

The information in this article is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not take into consideration your personal circumstances. You are encouraged to seek financial advice suitable to your circumstances to avoid a decision that is not appropriate. Any reference to your actual circumstances is coincidental. Genesys and its representatives receive fees and brokerage from the provision of financial advice or placement of financial products.

What are the New Age limits & Work Test Restrictions for Superannuation Contributions from July 2013?


This is crucial for employers, self-employed and anyone considering working past age 65. It is important to understand that it is your age on the date of the contribution that counts. Employees currently do not receive the 9% SG contribution after the age of 70 but that will change on July 1st 2013 so here is an update.

Member’s age at date of contribution Can my SMSF or Superannuation fund accept this contribution?
Under 65 No age limit or work restriction applies
65 but under 75 Mandated Employer Contributions – for example including superannuation guarantee contributions (SGC , usually 9%),                                      orMust have been gainfully employed on at least a part-time basis for at least 40 hours in any one day period during the financial year in which the contributions are made.
75 + Mandated Employer Contributions – including super guarantee contributions (SGC). You cannot make personal voluntary concessional or non-concessional contributions regardless of meeting the work test or not.

 
There is a slight leeway for people to make contributions shortly after their 75th birthday in that the rules allow for a contribution during the period 28 days after the end of the month in which the member turns 75.

Also A regulated superannuation fund may accept contributions in respect of a member if the trustee is reasonably satisfied that a contribution is in respect of a period during which the fund may accept the contribution in respect of that member, even though the contribution is actually made after that period. So if your employer forgot to make a payment and does a catch-up contribution after you have passed an age limit.

Remedy:

If a SMSF or other regulated superannuation fund receives a contribution for a member who does not meet the relevant age and work test it must reject it or return it to the entity making the contribution within 30 days of becoming aware of the breach.

For SMSF trustees the ATO appears to have a more stringent view that the deadline is 30 days from the date of the excess contribution not 30 days from when they become aware of the breach. That is an “ATO view” so not written in to the regulations and subject to challenge.

Tax File Number

The regulated superannuation fund must not accept any member contributions if the member’s tax file number has not been quoted (for superannuation purposes) to the trustee of the fund.

For more information on the existing rules refer to REG 7.04 of the SUPERANNUATION INDUSTRY (SUPERVISION) REGULATIONS 1994 and for the changes http://www.moresuper.gov.au/content/Content.aspx?doc=faqs.htm

One final note – Increase to SG Contributions

Employers need to ensure they implement the new Superannuation Guarantee (SG) changes which take effect on 1 July 2013. Specifically, the SG rate will increase from 9.0% to 9.25% from that date. Further increases will apply in subsequent years until the rate reaches 12% in 2019/20

For employers; to assess if you need to pay Superannuation guarantee payments for a particular person you can use the ATO’s SG Eligibility Decision Tool

As always please contact me if you want to look at your own particular situation . We have offices in Castle Hill and Windsor but can meet clients anywhere in Sydney or via Skype.

Liam Shorte B.Bus SSA™ AdvDipFS

Financial Planner & SMSF Specialist Advisor™

 Follow SMSFCoach on Twitter  Liam Shorte on Linkedin  NextGen Wealth on Facebook  SMSFCoach Blog

NextGen Wealth Solutions

Tel: 02 8853 6833,  Mobile: 0413 936 299

PO Box 6002 BHBC, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153

 

ABN 20 060 778 216 • AFSL No.232686

Liam Shorte is a partner in NextGen Wealth Solutions, Corporate Authorised Representative of Genesys Wealth Advisers Limited, Licence No 232686, Genesys Wealth Advisers Limited ABN 20 060 778 216.

Important information :

The information in this article is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not take into consideration your personal circumstances. You are encouraged to seek financial advice suitable to your circumstances to avoid a decision that is not appropriate. Any reference to your actual circumstances is coincidental. Genesys and its representatives receive fees and brokerage from the provision of financial advice or placement of financial products.

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