How super works

This section covers the most popular questions on how superannuation works, including how to find lost super, how super works, how much money is enough, and simple step-by-step superannuation guides.

Below are some of our key How super works articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining How super works.

Financial advice: Only 64 independent financial advisers in Australia

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Note: This article is updated regularly when new financial advisers join the independence club (latest update July 2015). A financial adviser does not have to be a member of the IFAAA to join the SuperGuide list, provided they can declare that they satisfy the requirements of being an independent … [Read more...]

Top 10 performing super funds for 2014/2015 year, and for past 10 years

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The investment performance result for the 2014/2015 financial year (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015), for the median growth superannuation fund, has delivered the sixth straight positive annual return, according to rating company, Chant West. The strong investment performance for the financial year … [Read more...]

Super funds gain 9.8% for 2014/2015 financial year

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The median superannuation growth fund gained 9.8% in value for the 12 months to June 2015, according to rating company, Chant West. In terms of long-term performance this means the median growth super fund has delivered six consecutive years of positive investment returns. Performance tables are set … [Read more...]

Asset classes: Naming the investment winners for the 2014/2015 financial year

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International shares (unhedged) and Australian listed property delivered the biggest returns for the 2014/2015 financial year (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015), according to rating company, Chant West. In the table appearing later in the article, Chant West lists the investment performance of 12 … [Read more...]

Super tax refund for lower-income earners available until 2016/2017 year

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NOTE: The Coalition government has extended the Low Income Super Contribution until the 2016/2017 year, as part of a parliamentary deal which secured passage of the repeal of the Mineral Resource Rent Tax. Under the new legislation, enacted in September 2014, the LISC is now payable for the … [Read more...]

MySuper: 117 super funds now available

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Note: This article provides a complete list of official, authorised MySuper products. This list will be updated regularly if any additional MySuper products are authorised by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). This article last updated on 21 July 2015. Since 1 July 2013, super … [Read more...]

Unrestricted access to super, sometimes

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Q: I have been part of a super fund from about 1993. I see from your 14 legal reasons to cash your super article, that I may be able to access my restricted benefit. You write: “If you’ve been a member of a super fund since before 1 July 1999, you can cash your ‘restricted non-preserved benefit’ … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 17: Four must-knows about super’s tax rules

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Q: I am trying to understand how my super is taxed and it seems that it is taxed at every turn. Can you please explain when, and how, a super benefit is taxed? A: If it were not for tax, superannuation wouldn’t exist. You would simply invest in your own name. Superannuation is taxed at lower … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 24: Do I have to withdraw my super when I turn 65?

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Q: I retired, sold my large house, downgraded, invested spare money and one month after I invested, I lost $50,000 just like that. I would like to know whether I can keep my super going beyond age 65, maybe to age 67 to help recoup my losses on my outside investment? A: I’m very sorry to read … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 8: What happens to my super benefits when I retire?

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Q: I have a superannuation fund accumulating (although I am no longer making super contributions). I am 52 and I intend retiring at age 60. When I do retire can I withdraw the entire super fund as a lump sum and deposit it in to my bank account? What would the tax implications be for taking the … [Read more...]