Your guide to the super data

BEST SUPER FUNDS: BALANCED OPTIONS

Australians have two main investments – their home and their superannuation. Super may not be as riveting a topic but it’s just as important for your financial security.

SuperRatings is a totally independent Australian superannuation research company. It is the leading source of superannuation information to the Australian media and is renowned for its timely commentary and opinions on the various superannuation funds available. Calculators, fund comparisons, fund ratings, news and expert opinion can be found at www.superratings.com.au.

The data in these tables compares some of the most popular super funds. They are a mix of industry funds, master trusts and government funds. Industry funds are set up by employer associations and unions; many are offered publicly, some have restricted membership (NP). Master trusts (corporate and personal) are set up by banking, insurance or financial planning groups. All performance figures are after all fees, charges and tax applied to the fund have been deducted.

The table here shows performance of funds’ balanced options. But most super funds offer many other choices of investment mix.

Returns are as at February 28, 2013

NP means membership of the fund is restricted.

Pr means performance results are preliminary.

What they mean

Rank All tables have been ranked by their five- year returns. Returns are net of maximum fees. High balances may qualify for lower fees and thus better returns. Rankings for one- and seven-year returns show the performance of the particular fund compared with peers.

SuperRatings rating SuperRatings assesses over 250 superannuation funds and products. The best super fund manager award is given to the fund that provides the best value for money to members in Australia. SuperRatings takes into account risk-adjusted investment performance, fees, insurance, service delivery, education, financial planning facilities, employer support, fund governance and flexibility of the options. The judging is mainly quantitative but does include qualitative assessment. Platinum are best value for money funds; Gold are good value for money; Silver, reasonable value; Bronze are below average in performance and features; and Blue are bottom of the ladder.

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