Note: This article provides comprehensive investment performance data for the 2017 calendar year (1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017), and for the previous 7 calendar years. You can discover the performance results for the most popular superannuation fund investment option (Growth: 61-80% in growth assets), and also the performance results for the other 4 main investment options – All Growth (100% in growth assets), High Growth (81-100% in growth assets), Balanced (41-60% in growth assets) and Conservative (21-40% in growth assets), according to superannuation ratings agency, Chant West. (For investment performance figures for the latest financial year, see SuperGuide article Super funds gain 9.2% for 2017/2018 financial year.)
The median superannuation growth investment option gained 10.8% in value for the 12 months to December 2017, and 0.7% for the month of December, according to superannuation ratings agency, Chant West. In terms of long-term performance this means the median growth investment option within a super fund has delivered six calendar years of consecutive positive investment returns. Performance tables are set out later in this article. A calendar year is 12 months from 1 January to 31 December
A return for the growth investment option of the median super fund is simply choosing the return for the super fund in the middle of the list of super funds.
Note: For an explanation of a growth investment option, a balanced investment option, and a default investment option, and the other main types of investment options see SuperGuide article Superannuation investment: What is the difference between a balanced and growth option?