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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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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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 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 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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