Balance the key to super fund performance

Australia’s largest industry superannuation fund, Australian Super has emerged at the top of the table in Super Review’s latest rebalance of FE-Fundinfo’s Crown Ratings which has confirmed that the value of superannuation funds having an eye to both growth and capital preservation.

With the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) moving to implement so-called “heat maps” to demonstrate where superannuation funds are or aren’t performing, the FE-Fundinfo analysis confirmed that it’s all about balance and risk-adjusted returns.

What is more, the data once again made clear that scale is not everything, with funds such as NGS Super and Statewide Super making the top 10 list.

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The top 10 superannuation funds in terms of consistency were:

  • Australian Super
  • Statewide Super
  • Sunsuper
  • QSuper
  • NGS Super
  • Care Super
  • Telstra Super
  • VicSuper
  • FirstState Super
  • Mercer Superannuation

The best-performing funds under the Crown Ratings system are those that prioritise consistency.

The ratings are based on alpha, volatility, and consistency and strength of performance, measured across the three years prior to each rebalancing which occurs twice a year.

The ratings identify funds that have displayed superior performance in terms of stock-picking, consistency of outperformance against a credible benchmark, and achievement of results at a relatively low risk.

According to FE-fundinfo, “certain types of performance are more valuable than others”. As such, the drivers behind performance recognised by a Crown Rating are those that it determines as intrinsically more valuable to superannuation fund members in nature, because of their solidity.

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