Second straight monthly loss for super members as volatility becomes the new normal

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Super members have suffered their second straight month of negative returns and are now firmly in the red for the financial year as market volatility and political uncertainty weighs on market sentiment. Nonetheless, super members remain well ahead over the long term with $100,000 invested ten years ago in any number of funds still worth […]

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Fund of the Year winners announced

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SuperRatings has announced the winners of the Fund of the Year awards, which recognise excellence in the superannuation and retirement industries. The winners were announced at a gala dinner held at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt. Also announced is the Pendal Retirement Innovation Award, which recognises those individuals who are supporting the future of the superannuation industry […]

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Super sector faces rising costs as funds fight for active members

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Super funds are battling to improve active member ratios while operating costs per member are rising across the sector, with long-term implications for the sustainability of smaller funds. These are just some of the findings to be released today from the SuperRatings’ annual review of funds to a gathering of superannuation industry executives, fund managers and policy makers. […]

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SuperRatings expands actuarial team

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Leading superannuation research house SuperRatings is deepening its actuarial capabilities, with key new hires catering to further growth in its consulting arm. Rachael Povah joins the SuperRatings team as General Manager of Consulting, having previously worked for Mercer and Aon. As an actuary with 20 years of experience in superannuation and employee benefits consulting, Rachael’s […]

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Super funds boosted by global share streak

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Australia’s superannuation funds are participating in the global share market rally, with big gains from US and European markets showing up in members’ accounts and providing a promising start to the 2018-19 financial year. According to SuperRatings’ data, the median balanced option grew at an estimated 1.1% in July, while the median growth option delivered […]

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Super members can expect a better second half to 2018

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Australia’s superannuation fund members have reason to expect a pickup in performance in the second half of 2018, following a volatile first half that saw super funds scrambling to recover from a global selloff earlier in the year. SuperRatings’ data shows the median balanced option grew at an estimated 1.3% in June, bringing the June […]

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Super funds defy global chaos, remain on track for double-digit returns

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With geo-political tensions running hot, Australian super funds have held firm in the face of global uncertainty, delivering a modest positive return in May and remaining on track for double-digit returns for the 2018 financial year. According to superannuation research house SuperRatings, May return data shows super funds struggled through the month as global events, […]

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Super delivers through market ups and downs

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Australian super funds are staging a comeback after being beaten down through the first quarter of 2018. According to superannuation research house SuperRatings, April data shows the median balanced option returned 1.7% in April, driven by gains from Australian and global shares. Investors in growth options fared even better, with the median growth option returning […]

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Sustained volatility fails to dent long-term super returns

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Australian super fund members have suffered a second monthly decline in returns in as many months as volatility shakes global markets and creates an environment not seen by most super members in a decade. However, median balances are well ahead for the financial year to date and superannuation remains one of the best investments over […]

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Australia’s post-GFC bull market delivers windfall for super funds

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Ten years since the start of the global financial crisis, Australia’s top super funds have made up for lost time, with investors benefiting from the longest bull market rally since the end of World War II. While the financial crisis was a major challenge for retirees, SuperRatings’ analysis shows that Australia’s superannuation investors have enjoyed […]

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