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Santa Rally Delivers 10.5% Return For Super Funds In 2017

Date 5/1/2018
Author Kirby Rappell

Australia’s superannuation funds are expected to deliver double-digit returns over the year, with 2017 marking the sixth consecutive year of positive returns for super. 2017 has proven to be another eventful year for investors, with some local market weakness during the year accompanied by a strengthening global outlook. In December, superannuation continues to deliver, helped along by a late rally from Australian shares.

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Healthy Super Returns in 2017.

Date 22/12/2017
Author Juliet Wyllie

Superannuation funds recorded positive returns in November, with the median balanced fund (having 60-76% of funds invested in growth assets such as equities) rising by 1.3%. Retirees can now welcome the best calendar returns for many years with the median balanced fund soaring by 12.5%.

All asset classes produced positive returns in November with International Shares the strongest performer - the median fund rising by a solid 2.3%.

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Australian Super Funds Deliver Early Christmas For Investors.

Date 14/12/2017
Author Kirby Rappell

Australia’s superannuation funds are on track to deliver double-digit returns for the 2017 calendar year, with share market gains through December pointing to a very merry Christmas for investors. According to SuperRatings, the SR Balanced (60-76) Index, used to measure balanced super fund returns, recorded a 1.3% rise in November, bringing the interim calendar year-to-date return to 9.9%.

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Super Funds Surge Higher in October.

Date 21/11/2017

Super Funds had a bumper October as the Australian sharemarket followed the world higher. The median SR50 Balanced option (with 60-76% of funds invested in growth assets such as equities) rose by a welcoming 2.3% across the month. All asset classes produced positive returns with the SR50 Australian Shares Index the top performer, with median returns a strong 3.8%.

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Australia’s Post-GFC Bull Market Delivers Windfall for Super Funds.

Date 16/11/2017

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 a windfall recovery, with the median balanced fund returning an accumulated 155% since October 2007.

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Fees In A Post-RG97 World.

Date 14/11/2017
Author Kirby Rappell

Following the introduction of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission’s Regulatory Guide 97 (RG97) disclosure regime, there have been substantial changes to the fee landscape for Australia’s superannuation providers.

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Super Funds Edge Higher in September

Date 20/10/2017

Superannuation funds recorded positive gains in September with the median balanced option fund rising by 0.9%. Yearly returns in this asset class are now sitting at an impressive +9.1%.

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Steady August For Super Funds.

Date 19/9/2017

Investors may have been hoping to start the new financial year with some wind in the sails but instead it has been steady as she goes. According to SuperRatings’ data, the median balanced option fund return was a modest 0.6% in August, with local shares assisted by a healthier commodities market.

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Superannuation Funds Lacklustre in July.

Date 25/8/2017
Author Juliet Wyllie

Superannuation funds had a slow start to the new financial year with the median balanced fund recording a 0.1% rise. Australian equities had a flat month in July which coupled with a rising Australian dollar, kept investment markets treading water.

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$140 Billion Windfall For Australians.

Date 20/7/2017
Author Jeff Bresnahan

Australians in mainstream superannuation funds are set for a windfall as SuperRatings exclusively reveals that the average fund return for last financial year topped 10.4%. As statements go out over the next few weeks, an estimated $140 billion will have been added to super accounts in investment earnings for the year, the eighth consecutive year that super funds have delivered positive returns to members.

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Funds Edge Higher in May.

Date 20/6/2017
Author Adam Gee

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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Super Funds Crash Through 10% Returns

Date 25/5/2017
Author Adam Gee

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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Super Funds Strong in April.

Date 23/5/2017
Author Juliet Wyllie

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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Volatility Hits Markets in November

Date 24/12/2015
Author Juliet Wyllie

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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