Timing of negative super returns can determine fate of retirees

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A combination of factors has created fertile ground for market volatility, resulting in a bumpy ride for super members, who have experienced six negative monthly returns over the past year. According to SuperRatings, the median balanced option return for August was an estimated -0.5%, with the negative result driven by a fall in Australian and […]

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Don’t be fazed by short-term super drawdowns

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Recent market turmoil is a timely reminder to super members not to allow short-term market movements to impact their investment decisions, according to leading research house SuperRatings. As investors deal with a renewed bout of volatility and growing uncertainty surrounding the economic outlook, recent data show that members are often better off riding the wave […]

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Super’s trillion dollar decade, but members must be wary of risks

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Super funds have had a convincing finish to what was a bumpy 2019 financial year, with an improvement in sentiment and a rallying share market in June helping funds over the line with solid returns. A promising 2.0% gain in the September 2018 quarter seemed to vanish before members’ eyes as funds suffered a 4.7% […]

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Super funds look to move past forgettable financial year

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A world-beating performance from Australian shares has been overshadowed by the re-emergence of geopolitical uncertainty and a wave of risk aversion in global markets, leading to softer performance for super funds in the final stretch of the financial year. According to estimates from leading superannuation research house SuperRatings, the typical balanced option return was -0.7% […]

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Superannuation facing grim financial year as markets flatten

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Despite a recovery in the March quarter, superannuation funds are heading for a disappointing 2018-19 financial year, with global growth challenges and a loss of market momentum meaning funds will struggle to make up for sharp losses in the December quarter. According to estimates from leading superannuation research house SuperRatings, balanced option returns were largely […]

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The cost of ‘sustainable’ super may not match performance

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Super members searching for a ‘sustainable’ investment fund are exposed to the same challenges as those in more traditional funds with the sector delivering a wide range of performance outcomes and charging a range of fees, according to new research on the sector by superannuation research house SuperRatings. The SuperRatings research reveals that the median […]

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Super funds fully recovered from sell-off

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Super funds have emerged from the recent market downturn in top shape, recovering from a string of losses suffered in late 2018 as investors regained confidence and share markets were bolstered by a generally positive earnings season. February’s median Balanced option return of 2.6% was the highest monthly return since July 2016, while the median […]

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Super funds report first gains in 5 months

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Super members have escaped a fifth straight month of negative returns as market volatility turned in their favour over January, helping to claw back losses suffered in late 2018. The latest data from superannuation research house SuperRatings reveals major fund categories all enjoyed strong growth in the first month of the year. The median return […]

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Volatility the new normal as super returns take a hit

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Super members suffered sharp declines in December 2018, pushing many into negative territory for the year, with the likelihood of further losses over coming months as market volatility and political risk continue to challenge the outlook. The latest data from superannuation research house SuperRatings, reveals major fund categories all suffered declines in December 2018, contributing […]

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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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