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How we invest your money

Published 17 August 2016

ANZ’s chief investment office focuses on the long-term but takes advantage of the short term to maximise your superannuation returns.

To help grow your retirement nest egg over time, ANZ chief investment office can invest your funds in a mix of assets that it adjusts as you age.

The chief investment office (CIO) is a team of investment professionals that draw on a wealth of global resources including independent experts, to set long-term strategic asset allocations, construct investment portfolios, manage risks and take advantage of short-term opportunities.

The investment philosophy is simple, but proven:

  • the long-term investor will outperform the short-term investor
  • diversification across asset classes is the key to managing return and risk
  • market inefficiencies can present opportunities
  • investment management should be both simple and transparent
  • investments must be well governed, which is critical to their efficient management.

The long-term investor will outperform the short-term investor.

The majority of ANZ Smart Choice Super members are entered into a ‘lifestage investment option’ by default. For each decade-long stage, a mix of investments are selected based on that age grouping, which is adjusted to reduce risk as you get older.

For example, investors in the 1980s fund (people born between 1980 and 1989) have decades until retirement. Their money is invested mainly in riskier and potentially higher performing asset classes such as shares and property. (A higher level of risk can generally be managed here, as these investors generally have a longer time to balance out any negative performance.)

As they age, the super investments of those born in the 80s (or any other decade) will become more ‘defensive’ so they’re more protected: this investment strategy is designed to grow savings and minimise risks to help you fulfil your retirement goals. 

It’s this strategic asset allocation along a sliding scale of risk that does most of the “heavy lifting” in terms of returns and maintains ANZ Smart Choice Super fund performance.

How your investments are managed

1) Choosing a strategic asset allocation

The performance of any investment portfolio is largely determined by what it is invested in – shares, property trusts, fixed income (bonds) and cash.

For every type of portfolio, ANZ sets a “strategic asset allocation” – a long-term mix of assets to deliver a specific objective for investors over the long term.

2) Making changes to the asset mix

The chief investment office monitors the economy and market to determine if there is a need to protect an investment or take advantage of market opportunities when value can be added.

While the office isn’t distracted by short-term returns at the expense of longer-term objectives, subtle shifts can add value to your retirement savings.

3) Working with investment managers

The chief investment office also engages leading fund managers, such as Vanguard. Vanguard is an experienced index manager with sophisticated trading capabilities, strong risk management, and a global scale.

For more information on how ANZ invests, watch our investment philosophy video below.

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