The superannuation system will struggle to deliver adequate retirement outcomes for many Australians and a solution is to deliver investment strategies that address individual retirement goals, according to Russell Investments.
Russell Investment Australia managing director, Jodie Hampshire, pointed to World Economic Forum data that found Australia’s current retirement savings gap was US$1 trillion ($1.52 trillion) and this was expected to rise to US$9 trillion by 2050.
“A key weakness of our current system is its inability to deliver investment strategies that address individual retirement goals. Super funds are serving up one-size-fits-many approaches to investing that might look sensible on average, but in the real world, nobody is average,” she said.
“While MySuper has helped nudge people into higher growth default options, the contributions of a 25-year-old entering the workforce might still be invested in the exact same way as a 62-year-old nearing retirement.”
Hampshire noted that lifestyle and target data funds were a “step in the right direction” but that age-only strategies were designed for a group of individuals, instead of delivering an optimal outcome for every individual.
She said funds needed asset allocation that was more personalised to an individual’s own retirement goal and financial situation.
“Ultimately, we see that personalised, goal-based investing in super is the next big step to helping even more Australians achieve the retirement lifestyle they desire,” she said.