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ANZ Smart Choice Super report: March 2016

Published June 2016

Super funds were hit by market volatility early this year, but there are some bright spots.

Following a volatile start to the year, markets rallied in March as oil prices recovered and consumers became more positive.

Actions taken by the European Central Bank and China to encourage growth in their economies have also helped the market turn around.

SuperRatings' median superannuation returns reflected market performance*, with March seeing an improvement in investor confidence and the average balanced option for Australian super funds rising by 1.7 per cent for the month. However, this was let down by poor returns experienced in January and February resulting in a median fund return of negative 1 per cent for the quarter in total.

ANZ Smart Choice Super performance

Investment options with lower exposure to growth assets fared better during the first quarter of the year. As can be seen in the table below, the 1940s and 1950s lifestage options in particular were shielded from the negative effects of market volatility.

While some portfolios experienced minor negative returns this quarter, it’s important to remember that superannuation is a long-term investment to achieve retirement goals, rather than an investment focussed on short-term returns.

Please refer to the below table for the latest investment returns, as at March 31 , 2016.

ANZ Smart Choice lifestage options’ performance (%)

Option 3 months 6 months 1 year 3 years (p.a.)
1940s 0.75% 1.77% 0.47% 4.22%
1950s 0.02% 2.04% -0.83% 5.91%
1960s -0.79% 1.96% -2.34% 6.67%
1970s -1.24% 2.01% -3.22% 7.03%
1980s -1.53% 1.86% -3.64% 7.32%
1990s -1.62% 1.89% -3.75% 7.35%

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Option 3 months 6 months 1 year 3 years (p.a.)
Cash 0.47% 0.94% 1.93% 2.22%
Conservative 0.77% 1.78% 0.43% 3.77%
Moderate 0.08% 2.09% -0.72% 5.80%
Growth -0.96% 2.05% -2.68% 6.74%
Australian equities -2.12% 3.52% -7.41% 5.45%
International equities -1.80% 3.85% -2.96% 9.50%
Global property 4.04% 9.53% 4.36% 10.52%
Global fixed interest 3.11% 3.52% 3.25% 4.81%

The above investment returns are not applicable to QBE members. Refer below footnotes for important information.

Members of ANZ Smart Choice Super – for Employers and their Employees can access the latest returns across the full suite of investment choices (PDF 111kB) or by visiting the ‘Investment portfolio’ page via their ANZ Smart Choice Super account in ANZ Internet Banking.

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* Source: SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey March 2016. Balanced (60-76) Option: a diversified fund option with a growth assets ratio between 60% and 76%.

1. The above investment returns relate to super accounts only with the exception of members in ANZ Smart Choice Super – for QBE Management Services Pty Ltd and their Employees. To access the latest returns, please visit your ‘Investment portfolio’ page via your ANZ Smart Choice Super account in ANZ Internet Banking. 

2. For ANZ Smart Choice Pension returns, click on the above options to access the detailed Investment Option Summaries containing returns specific to ANZ Smart Choice Pension, or visit your ‘Investment portfolio’ page via your ANZ Smart Choice Super account in ANZ Internet Banking.

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