AustralianSuper is our country’s largest super fund, investing more than $100 billion of savings on behalf of Aussies at the beginning of 2020. Everyone wants to know: How has AustralianSuper’s performance been during the recent crash?
The thing is, being big does not protect Australian Super members from feeling the effects of the recent stock market fall.
If you go to the AustralianSuper website you will find its performance page, but unfortunately, it says very little about its recent performance during this stock market fall.
If you’re new to Super investment options, in the free Rask video below I explain the different Super investment options and what they mean. I’ve already explained the steps for how to choose Superannuation investment options on our education website.
As far as I can tell, if you want to find AustralianSuper’s recent performance you’ll have to dig into an Excel spreadsheet to find the latest results.
If — like me — you’d rather someone else do it, you’re in luck. Here’s how AustralianSuper has performed since January 1st, 2020 until Wednesday, March 18, 2020, based on its data.
AustralianSuper performance 2020
Percentage falls by strategy in 2020
If you’re on a mobile phone you may need to turn your phone sideways for a better look.
This is not a story to stick the boot into AustralianSuper necessarily — they’re my super fund, and stock market crashes are normal — but I’m pretty annoyed about the (lack of) transparency. I had to dig into the files to show this, and I’m a finance expert.
I’m certain most of the 2.2 million members inside AustralianSuper are not financial advisers like me or probably know what’s happened in financial markets.
Now, I understand that Super funds are in a world of pain right now with lots of members swapping to cash strategies. And for almost every Aussie who’s not retired, I think it’s wrong to swap your Super to all cash, so please avoid doing this!
But for all Super funds, in times of extreme financial uncertainty, it’s important to be very clear, transparent and communicate often with your members. Believe me, I know this.
Should I swap my Super to cash?
I’m around 30 years old. Meaning, I can’t touch my Super until I’m either dead or probably for another 40-50 years. I would never switch to cash after the market has crashed. I haven’t done that. I’ve remained fully invested.
Even older Aussies — those in their late 40 or 50s — may not be able to access or rely their Super for another 10 years. That’s a long period of time for Super to recover. Having it in cash for 10 years will mean you lock in returns close to zero.
To be sure, we can expect more scary times in the weeks and months and years ahead. But moving everything to cash now might be something a lot of Aussies regret for the rest of their financial lives.
Over the next few months, I intend on doing a thorough review of my super fund and providing an update to my Rask Invest members and free Rask account holders. Create a free Rask account to stay up to date if you’re interested in my results. Click here to create a free account.
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