Simple steps to help protect super from market shocks in 2019

Posted: Friday 21 December, 2018

Australians are being urged to hold their nerve and focus on long term returns when markets get uncertain.

According to independent research agency SuperRatings, the median super fund’s balanced option for the last quarter is in negative returns.

It’s important during these times people focus on 5, 7 and 10 year returns.

But Industry Super Australia chief executive Bernie Dean said people should remember that superannuation is a long term savings vehicle.

“Superannuation is usually well placed to weather market volatility,” said Dean.

“Despite 2018 volatility, returns over the decade are still exceptionally strong,” he said.

ISA anaylsis of SuperRatings data show that $100,000 invested in 2008 in the median Balanced option would now be worth $206,366. In the median Growth option it would be worth $217,721.

  Monthly % Quarterly % FYTD % 1 Year % 3 Year % 5 Year % 7 Year % 10 Year %
Industry - 0.57 - 3.41 - 1.22 2.90 7.25 7.51 9.20 8.03
Bank-owned - 0.80 - 4.68 - 2.84 - 0.51 4.57 5.32 7.32 6.60
Outperformance 0.23 1.27 1.62 3.41 2.68 2.19 1.88 1.43

Industry funds, based on median returns, continue to outperform their rivals.

ISA's analysis of SR50 Balanced Index options show that the median industry fund balanced option outperformed the median of similar bank-owned options on a monthly, quarterly, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10-year basis (see table above).

There are also some tips to avoid unnecessary wastage from your super in times like these. 

  • Consider focusing on the long-term net performance of your fund.
  • Make sure you consider consolidating any multiple accounts to avoid duplicate fees and insurance premiums.
  • Check you are being paid the super you are entitled to. Employers have three months to put super into a worker’s super account, so a wage slip does not always reflect actual payment. If your super doesn’t add up, contact your fund or the Australian Tax Office.

Bernie Dean is available for interview. Media contact: Phil Davey 0414 867 188

The opinions above are those of the author in their capacity as spokesperson for Industry Super Australia (ISA). This information may contain general financial advice which doesn’t take into account your personal objectives, situation or needs. Consider your own objectives, financial situation and needs before making a decision about superannuation because they are not taken into account in this information. You should consider the Product Disclosure Statement available from individual funds before making an investment decision.  Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Industry Super Australia Pty Ltd ABN 72 158 563 270, Corporate Authorised Representative No. 426006 of Industry Fund Services Ltd ABN 54 007 016 195 AFSL 232514