The median balanced superannuation fund rose 2.1% in April and has returned 14.5% over the 2020-21 financial year-to-date, as the rebound in financial markets during the second half of 2020 has continued through the start of 2021, according to SuperRatings.
The research house said the solid performance was off the back of an improving economic situation and confidence in state and federal vaccination plans.
SuperRatings data found the median growth option rose 2.6% in April and the median capital stable option rose 1%. During the month, the median balanced pension option returned 2.3% and 15.7% over the financial year to date. The median pension growth option returned 2.7% in April and the median capital stable option rose 1.1%.
SuperRatings executive director, Kirby Rappell, said: “Confidence is back, and consumers have so far shrugged off the unwinding of the JobKeeper program, but the pandemic is still with us, which means super members should expect markets to remain volatile.
“The Federal Government has doubled down on its expansionary fiscal strategy, which will continue supporting the economy as some of the temporary spending measures come to an end. Our relative success in managing the pandemic has meant we can stay open and prevent longer-term scarring to businesses and the labour market.”
Pointing to the Federal Budget that was handed down last week, Rappell said SuperRatings was pleased to see the government reaffirm its commitment to the legislated superannuation guarantee increase to 12%.
He said this and other measures announced took important steps “towards ensuring everyone can retire with adequate savings, especially women and those who have been severely impacted by the pandemic”.
SuperRatings noted that while the budget had taken steps to close the gender gap, there were super funds that had implemented initiatives to provide more flexibility for women and parents.
These funds were:
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