Author Archive for: Kirby Rappell

Entries by Kirby Rappell

Super funds report first gains in 5 months

Super members have escaped a fifth straight month of negative returns as market volatility turned in their favour over January, helping to claw back losses suffered in late 2018. The latest data from superannuation research house SuperRatings reveals major fund categories all enjoyed strong growth in the first month of the year. The median return […]

Superannuation in a post Royal Commission World

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services industry is mandatory reading for all super funds and their Trustees. It provides clear guidelines about the sale of financial advice and the purpose of MySuper products, as well as the simplification of insurance and more stringent benchmarking of service providers. This will […]

Volatility the new normal as super returns take a hit

Super members suffered sharp declines in December 2018, pushing many into negative territory for the year, with the likelihood of further losses over coming months as market volatility and political risk continue to challenge the outlook. The latest data from superannuation research house SuperRatings, reveals major fund categories all suffered declines in December 2018, contributing […]

SuperRatings’ views regarding the Productivity Commission’s final report

Synopsis of SuperRatings’ views regarding the Productivity Commission’s final report Superannuation: Assessing Efficiency and Competitiveness: SuperRatings supported the need for a review of the current system and we engaged with the Productivity Commission by providing data and insights, including a formal submission regarding the draft report at that time. Our submission focused on areas where […]

Super Funds Must Learn to Embrace Third-Party Advice

There has always been an element of tension between super funds and financial advisers. From the super fund’s perspective, the adviser is a possible threat to member retention and can disrupt the fund’s engagement process. For the adviser, the super fund can sometimes seem like a closed shop, unwilling to give up control of the […]

Six questions every super member should ask

With 2019 upon us, SuperRatings shares some tips that will help get your superannuation off to a flying start in the new year. Here are the six questions we think every member should ask themselves if they want to get the most value out of their retirement savings. If you’re looking for a new year’s […]

Super funds at risk of first annual loss in 7 years

Super members are at risk of their first annual loss since 2011, after recording a third consecutive month of negative returns in November, as market volatility continues to test global markets. The latest data from superannuation research house SuperRatings reveals a negative return of -0.6 percent in the month of November for members invested in […]

Voluntary super contributions ease

Voluntary superannuation contributions have eased slightly after approaching record highs as super members appeared to take a breather after riding the bull market of recent years. The latest data from superannuation research house SuperRatings reveals the average voluntary contribution over the course of the 2017 financial year was $1,054. This was a 10 percent decline […]

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