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Gordon Toy

AuthorGordon Toy

DateFebruary 15, 2018

CategoryMedia releases


Australians’ superannuation balances remain in positive territory for the last 12 months, although recent market volatility is likely to have cost Aussie retirement accounts around $2,000 on average.

According to SuperRatings, the SR50 Balanced (60-76) Index, used to measure balanced super fund returns, is estimated to have risen 0.9% in January, with the 12-month return at 11.9%. Over five years, the balanced option return is 9.2%, highlighting the long-term strength of the superannuation system.

However, January’s return will have been clawed back during the recent market volatility, with the ASX 200 declining 3.3% from 1 February to 14 February. For the typical balanced option account with a $100,000 balance, this represents a loss of $2,000 (or $3,300 if the member has only Australian share exposure).

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