The top returning super funds of 2020

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In a year defined by the global pandemic and the locking down of economies, the superannuation system faced arguably one of its toughest test in its 29-year history. Now, as super funds finalise their reporting for December 2020, the strength of superannuation’s comeback is clear. Despite the market turmoil in the first half of the

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Super recovery still underway as outlook improves

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The recovery in superannuation continues as lockdown conditions gradually ease across the country and Australians prepare for a relatively normal summer, with fewer restrictions on gatherings and business operations. According to estimates from leading superannuation research house SuperRatings, the median balanced option returned 0.5% in October, while positive market movements in November point to continued

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QSuper named Fund of the Year 2021

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SuperRatings and Lonsec have announced the winners of this year’s Fund of the Year Awards, which was held virtually for the first time in the event’s 18-year history. The Fund of the Year Award went to QSuper, which also took home the Pension of the Year Award and the Smooth Ride Award. UniSuper claimed the MySuper of the Year Award,

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RateMySuper tool to help members understand and compare fund performance

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Leading superannuation research house SuperRatings has launched a new super fund comparison tool to help members understand and compare investment performance across different super funds. The RateMySuper tool is made available to super funds to help current and prospective members understand how their fund stacks up on a net benefit basis. The Lonsec-owned SuperRatings said

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Steady returns put super funds back in the black

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The recovery in superannuation continued through August as funds posted their fifth consecutive month of gains amid signs of economic recovery in the September quarter. Market stability and continued momentum in shares helped to bolster account balances in August. However, while consumers and investors are looking ahead to a ‘COVID normal’ world, the recovery is

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Super funds regain ground but face tough financial year end

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Super funds have proven resilient to the turmoil that hit markets in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, extending their recovery through May and early June, and are on track to finish the 2019-20 financial year down but far from out. According to estimates from leading research house SuperRatings, the median balanced option rose 2.1%

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Super fund returns stabilise in April

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As markets saw less volatility in April, super funds saw some of March’s losses reversed, although the memories of the March falls remain fresh. Members enjoyed a positive result in April, recovering some of the value that was lost in March, but account balances remain down since the start of 2020. According to estimates from

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Super members must take long-term view

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In the wake of the most challenging quarter for financial markets in living memory, super members are scrambling to check their account balances to see what effect the sell-off is having on their retirement savings. While members are undoubtedly nervous and wondering what the market has in store for them next, leading research house SuperRatings

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Super funds immunised against short-term volatility

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According to estimates from leading research house SuperRatings, super funds had a positive start to 2020, with the median balanced option returning 1.9% in January, driven predominately by gains from Australian and International shares. The start of February was a different story as markets were affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, which led to

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Super funds face a high bar in 2020

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Super members have every reason to be optimistic about 2020, but when it comes to a repeat of 2019’s double-digit returns, it would be wise to temper expectations. According to estimates from leading research house SuperRatings, 2019 was the best year for superannuation funds since 2013, with the median balanced option returning 13.8%. Despite a

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