Comparing super funds

Which superannuation fund is the most suitable for you? The best-performing super fund over the longer term is generally what everyone wants, but sometimes such information can be hard to find.

You can find out how to compare super funds, where to find the latest information on fund performance, and how to discover other important features of super funds.

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Investment performance: We’re the best super fund. No, we’re the best…

Note: Every 6 months, we update this article with the latest performance data on superannuation funds and pension funds, released by 3 rating agencies. This article contains the investment results for the best performing super funds up to 31 December 2015. For performance data relating to later … [Read more...]

Mirror, mirror… what super fund is the best-performing fund of all?

Note: SuperGuide updates this article every 6 months with the latest performance and super fund data. Discover the best ‘value for money’ super fund for 2016, the super (pre-retirement) fund of the year for 2016, and the pension (retirement) fund of the year for 2016. This article lists the top 10 … [Read more...]

Super funds up 1.8% for March, but in red for 2015/2016 year?

The median superannuation growth fund gained 1.8% in value for the month of March 2016, but lost 1.1% for the 3 months to March 2016, and gained a meagre 0.1% in value over the financial year to date (9 months to March 2016), according to superannuation ratings agency, Chant West.The 1.8% gain … [Read more...]

Women and super: A worry-free financial future is possible

Before I wrote Super Freedom: A woman’s guide to superannuation, I had often discussed the need for a practical non-technical book for women on superannuation. The first question I was asked when I told some female friends that I was writing a book for women on superannuation and retirement was: … [Read more...]

Doubling your wealth is a super compound: Rule of 72

The level of investment return you can expect on your super account, or other type of investment, has been a hot topic recently. Volatile share markets and record low interest rates have prompted super funds and fund managers to temper the expectations of investors in relation to long-term returns … [Read more...]

Defined benefit fund members: Are we subject to contributions caps?

Q: My question is about a member’s notional superannuation account’s yearly value amounts. Are these “Notional amounts” that the (long time) employee will receive, but not yet physically accrued in their superannuation account? Are they then included in the individual’s concessional cap? If they … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions: SG and public servants

Q: I’m a member of a public sector fund, which is a hybrid defined contribution/defined benefit scheme. While I pay 5% of salary towards a ‘Member Benefit’, the super fund doesn’t have a 9.5% employer contribution, as my ‘Employer Benefit’ is based on years of service and Final Average Salary. I’m … [Read more...]

Property and super: What’s the deal? (15 popular Q & As)

We receive many questions from readers about investing in property using super money. Questions range from: ‘Can I withdraw my super to buy a house to live in?’, right through to ‘How can I use my super fund to borrow money to invest in property?’.For the convenience of our 2 million readers, I … [Read more...]

SMSF basics: To DIY or not to DIY?

Q: Six months ago, my wife and I started a self-managed super fund. We pay a flat fee to have it administered on our behalf. All the assets in the fund at this stage are my rollovers. I am also in the PSS (a public sector fund) and my wife has a small amount in an industry fund, where she … [Read more...]

Super funds in red for 2015/2016 year, and down 0.4% for February

The median superannuation growth fund lost 0.4% in value for the month of February 2016, and has lost 1.6% in value over the financial year to date (8 months to February 2016), according to superannuation ratings agency, Chant West.The 0.4% loss in February 2016, follows the hefty 2.3% loss in … [Read more...]