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June 20th 2017

Funds Edge Higher in May.


Super funds recorded small gains in May with the median Balanced option (with 60-76% of assets in growth assets such as equities) rising by 0.5%. One year returns are now sitting at an impressive 9.1% for the balanced option. All asset classes recorded rises in May with the exception of the SR50 Australian Shares Index which dived by -2%. Despite a weak May for Australian Shares, median yearly returns are a welcoming 9.6%.
International Shares were the best performing asset class over the month with the median fund surging by 2.4% as both US and European markets performed well.

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May 25th 2017

Super Funds Crash Through 10% Returns


Superannuation fund returns continued their eight year bull run in April, boosted by international shares and a fall in the Australian dollar. The median balanced option return posted 1.4%, building on the 1.5% returned in March and bringing the financial year to date return to 10.0%. Even a 300 point loss on Wall St in mid-May wasn’t enough to stop the momentum with May now also looking like delivering positive returns for funds.

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May 23rd 2017

Super Funds Strong in April.


Superannuants enjoyed positive returns in April, with all asset classes posting median returns in the black. It is looking likely that we will see double digit returns for the median Balanced fund for the financial year to date, which will be welcoming news to retirees.

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April 20th 2017

Super Funds Gain As Risk Outlook Eases.


Superannuation fund returns were driven higher in March, boosted by continued gains from the Australian share market. The median balanced option posted a return of 1.5%, while the return for Q1 2017 was 2.5%, weighed down by a small negative return in January.

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April 4th 2017

Productivity Commission Findings No Windfall For Retail Funds


RETAIL FUNDS STILL LIKELY TO MISS OUT ON DEFAULT STATUS.

The release of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report Superannuation: Alternative Default Models on Wednesday has certainly raised some conjecture across the superannuation industry. The Report’s recommendations warrant a serious assessment given their potential ramifications for what remains a burgeoning superannuation industry, with a substantial number of funds still co-existing, despite ongoing pressures for consolidation.

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March 21st 2017

SUPERANNUATION RETURNS STABILISE IN FEBRUARY.


Despite strong gains in local and global share markets in February, superannuation funds have delivered more moderate performance, with the median balanced option posting a return of 1.1%. Together with a small negative return in January, it has been a modest start to 2017, lower than what might be implied from recent market movements, including the continued reaction from equity markets to President Trump’s policies.

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February 23rd 2017

Fundamentals Point To Strong 2017 For Super Funds Despite Slow Start.


Superannuation funds posted a small negative return for the first month of 2017, but a number of indicators are showing real promise for the health of the Australian and global economies, lifting confidence and setting the year up for robust performance. In a year loaded with global political events, investors should prepare for more volatility, but should take comfort in the superannuation system’s track record of performance.

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January 20th 2017

SuperRatings Announces Top Ten Super Funds in 2016.


According to SuperRatings, Catholic Super and HOSTPLUS were the top returning super funds in 2016, delivering a 10.1% gain for their members, compared to the median Balanced option return of 7.3%. Catholic Super and HOSTPLUS were followed by Cbus, CareSuper and Sunsuper, all of which provided well above median performance for their members over the year.

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January 6th 2017

SANTA RALLY PUSHES SUPER FUND RETURNS TO 5th CONSECUTIVE POSITIVE YEAR


Super funds have performed above the ten-year average in 2016, showing the remarkable resilience of Australia’s superannuation system in what has proved to be a highly challenging and eventful year.

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December 22nd 2016

Super Funds Benefit from 'Trump Effect'.


After a brief shock to the system, equity markets have rallied strongly on the back of Donald Trump’s upset win in the US presidential election, with Australia’s superannuation investors among the immediate beneficiaries. However, SuperRatings warned investors to prepare for a potentially rocky ride as markets continue to adjust to the changing political landscape.

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December 1st 2016

Super Funds Weaker In October As US Election Rattles Markets.


Super funds were hit by market turbulence across October in the lead up to the US Presidential election, with the median balanced fund falling by -0.8%.

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November 17th 2016

Super Funds Down As US Election Nerves Set In


While markets may have appeared remarkably calm ahead of the US election storm, a gradual sell-off in shares through October led to losses for superannuation investors. According to SuperRatings, the median balanced option return for October is likely to be an estimated -1.0%, with shares and bonds both contributing to falls in portfolios.

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October 27th 2016

BALANCES LARGELY FLAT IN MONTH OF SEPTEMBER.


September has been a month of meagre returns for the majority of Australia’s superannuation funds who have seen their Balanced option produce a return of just 0.1% over the month. This belies a challenging landscape for investors and a challenging outlook for value.

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October 20th 2016

SuperRatings Awards Best Super and Pension Funds 2017.


SuperRatings earlier this week announced the winners of their annual Fund of the Year Awards, with the top honour going to QSuper for the second year running. The Fund of the Year Awards recognise the major leaders and innovators in Australia’s superannuation industry, with the ultimate prize awarded to the fund that provides the best value end-to-end retirement solution.

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September 23rd 2016

Super Funds Post Modest Gains in August.


Superannuation funds posted modest returns in August, following a robust July. The median Balanced option (with 60-76% of funds invested in growth assets such as equities), returned a subdued 0.3% over the month.

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August 26th 2016

Strong Start to the Financial Year for Funds.


Super funds have rebounded this month with the median Balanced fund (with 60-76% of assets invested in growth assets such as equities) increasing by a welcoming 2.7%.

All asset classes finished the month in the black with the SR50 Australian Shares Index the best performer, with the median fund posting an impressive 5.7% return.

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July 21st 2016

Uncertainty Hits Super Funds in June.


SuperRatings research has found the median balanced fund (60-76 per cent invested in growth assets) has returned 2.8 per cent over the last financial year.

Research Manager Kirby Rappell said despite experiencing a “subdued return” for the previous 12 months most of the gains made were in the last quarter.
“Funds returned around 2.6 per cent in the final quarter of the year, which accounted for much of the year’s return despite the volatility,’’ he said.

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December 24th 2015

Volatility Hits Markets in November


Challenging market conditions have impacted superannuation funds in November, with the median balanced option falling by -0.3%, taking year to date returns to 5.2%.

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