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Entries by Kirby Rappell

Media release: Super funds supporting V-shaped recovery

November was the strongest month for superannuation in 2020 and the 8th consecutive month of positive returns for members. As COVID-19 restrictions ease nation-wide and investors look forward to the approval and distribution of a vaccine, share markets globally have pushed to record highs, delivering windfall gains for super members. According to estimates from leading […]

Media release: Super recovery still underway as outlook improves

The recovery in superannuation continues as lockdown conditions gradually ease across the country and Australians prepare for a relatively normal summer, with fewer restrictions on gatherings and business operations. According to estimates from leading superannuation research house SuperRatings, the median balanced option returned 0.5% in October, while positive market movements in November point to continued […]

Media Release: Top KiwiSaver Schemes for 2021

SuperRatings has released its top-rated KiwiSaver schemes for 2021. Eight providers were awarded the ‘Platinum’ rating for 2021, with competition continuing to intensify among the Platinum and Gold bands. SuperRatings’ assessment criteria considers five key factors, including investments, fees, member servicing, scheme administration and governance. Schemes awarded a Platinum rating are well balanced across all […]

Super funds regain ground but face tough financial year end

Super funds have proven resilient to the turmoil that hit markets in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, extending their recovery through May and early June, and are on track to finish the 2019-20 financial year down but far from out. According to estimates from leading research house SuperRatings, the median balanced option rose 2.1% […]

SuperRatings – Super Landscape

  Kirby Rappell (Executive Director, SuperRatings) reveals insights into the superannuation landscape, based on SuperRatings’ latest benchmark report. It incorporates comments on the current market conditions, as well as the initiative to permit the early release of superannuation and the fund merger environment. A consistent theme of this year’s report is the state of flux […]

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Super funds immunised against short-term volatility

According to estimates from leading research house SuperRatings, super funds had a positive start to 2020, with the median balanced option returning 1.9% in January, driven predominately by gains from Australian and International shares. The start of February was a different story as markets were affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, which led to […]

UniSuper takes top spot in 2019

For consumers, 2019 was a year best forgotten as negative economic news created an almost perpetual drag on sentiment and global uncertainty resulted in repeated bouts of volatility. But for investors, including Australia’s 15 million super fund members, it was a year that saw a sizeable accumulation of wealth, driven by share market gains as […]

Super funds give consumers solace during tough 2019

Super funds are on track to finish 2019 with the strongest returns in years, defying fears of a market fade in the final quarter. While market conditions have been challenging, investors have not yet succumbed to the negative economic headlines, which has been good news for super funds. If momentum holds up through the rest […]

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Top Value for Money KiwiSaver Schemes

On the back of the 2019 KiwiSaver product ratings, SuperRatings is pleased to provide a list of the top 10 providers on a Net Benefit basis across Conservative, Balanced and Growth funds. The Net Benefit figures have been calculated using investment returns minus fees and taxes for the 7 years to 31 March 2019. This […]

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