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Chant West: Superannuation research and consultancy firm

Chant West provides research and ratings on Australia’s superannuation and pension funds to the funds themselves, financial advisers, media, consumers.

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Founded in 1997, Chant West is one of Australia’s leading independent superannuation and pension fund research firms. Chant West holds a huge amount of up-to-date data on more than 450 funds, including but not limited to fees, funds under management, insurance, asset allocation membership numbers and investment returns.

The database is used for the benefit of financial advisers, organisations, consumers and the super and pension funds themselves. Chant West is also regularly relied on and considered to be a highly-credible source of data in the media, due to the scale and quality of the data it offers.

What products does Chant West provide?

Chant West provides yearly ratings of super and pension funds as well as annual awards. It also publishes regular research into each fund’s ongoing investment returns.

Annual super and pension fund ratings

Chant West conducts comprehensive research in order to rate the funds each year, with each fund receiving a rating from one apple (the lowest) to five apples (the highest). The idea of the apple is that Chant West is “comparing apples with apples”, and is providing a fair and accurate comparison of the market based on its many research points.

The primary areas that Chant West considers when allocating the ratings are investments, member services, fees, insurance and organisational costs. It takes into account the expertise of the investment managers, its investment governance framework, and the structure of the investment options, and investment performance..

Super and pension fund awards

Chant West conducts annual awards for super and pension funds, based on the research it conducts and the rating it allocates. The awards cover 12 categories including Super Fund of the Year, Specialist Fund of the Year and Pension Fund of the Year.

Up to 10 finalists are chosen in each category, and the winners are announced at an awards ceremony and published on Chant West’s site. All of the 450 plus funds that Chant West researches are automatically entered into the awards each year.

Super and pension fund investment returns

Chant West also provides data on the investment returns of the funds it researches. Within each super fund’s different investment options Chant West provides the investment performance over different periods, from the past year to the past 10 years.

Who uses the research by Chant West?

  • Financial advisers. Financial advisers use the research provides to help inform their product recommendations and product replacement advice for clients.
  • Super funds. Super and pension funds rely on the data to see how they compare to competitors, and how their competitors are performing.
  • For consumers. Chant West provides its AppleCheck service as a valuable tool to help Australian consumers compare super funds, to find one that’s right for them. It includes Chant West ratings, fees, investment returns and insurance data and allows consumers to see how their fund is performing compared to others in the market.
  • Media. Financial media rely on Chant West data as an accurate, credible source of up-to-date information, and regularly reference its research.

How does finder work with Chant West?

Chant West provides research and data on a selection of Australian super funds to finder, which we then use to help consumers compare their options and make better decisions. When you compare super funds on finder, the fees and performance figures are powered by Chant West.

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Name Product Past Performance - 1 Year Past Performance - 3 Years Performance - 5 Years Calculated fees p.a. on $50,000 balance
AustralianSuper - Pre-mixed, Balanced option
0.56%
6.67%
7.37%
$411.18
AustralianSuper is an award-winning industry super fund and the largest super fund in Australia. The Balanced fund invests in a mix of different assets like shares, property and cash.
Virgin Money Super - Lifestage Tracker
-0.86%
6.46%
$358
Virgin Money Super's Lifestage Tracker invests in a range of different assets in line with your age, reducing your risk as you get older, and has some of the lowest fees in the market.
Sunsuper Lifecycle Balanced
-1.69%
5.7%
6.45%
$453
Sunsuper is an award-winning super fund with more than 1.4 million members. Its Lifecycle Balanced option invests your super in a mix of growth assets, and reduces your risk when you're near retirement.
QSuper Lifetime - Aspire 1
-0.35%
5.97%
6.91%
$315
QSuper is one of the largest member-owned funds in Australia. The QSuper Lifetime fund adjusts your investments each 7-10 years as you get older, so you're not taking on too much risk.
HESTA Balanced Growth
N/A
5.84%
6.27%
$538.53
HESTA is an industry super fund for the health and community services sector and open to all Australians. The Balanced Growth fund invests in a mix of asset classes without taking on too much, or too little, risk.
Spaceship GrowthX
11.93%
14.45%
$573
This is a high-risk investment option that aims to deliver high returns over the long term.
Spaceship's Growth X fund invests heavily in Australian and international shares, with a focus on technology stocks. Performance figures and fees supplied by Spaceship, not Chant West.
Australian Catholic Super Lifetime - Grow
-0.39%
N/A
$588
A Catholic super fund open to all Australians and designed for people working in Catholic education, healthcare or aged care.The Lifetime One fund option changes your investment mix as you get older.
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The information in the table is based on data provided by Chant West Pty Ltd (AFSL 255320) which is itself supplied by third parties. While such information is believed to be accurate, Chant West does not accept responsibility for any inaccuracy in such information. Chant West’s Financial Services Guide is available at https://www.chantwest.com.au/financial-services-guide . Finder offers no guarantees or warranties about the data and we recommend that users make their own enquiries before relying on this information. Performance, fees and insurance data is based on each fund's default MySuper product. Where the performance, fees and insurance data for the MySuper fund vary according to the member's age, results for individuals between 40-49 years of age have been shown. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

*Past performance data is for the period ending June 2020.

© Chant West Pty Limited (ABN 75 077 595 316) 2012. The data provided by Chant West is based on information supplied by third parties. While such information is believed to be accurate, Chant West does not accept responsibility for any inaccuracy in such information. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Any ratings that form part of the data provided by Chant West are subjective ratings only.

The data provided by Chant West does not contain all of the information that is required in order to evaluate the nominated service providers, and you are responsible for obtaining such further information.

The data provided by Chant West does not constitute financial product advice. However to the extent that this data may be considered to be general financial product advice, Chant West warns that: (a) Chant West has not considered any individual person’s objectives, financial situation or particular needs; (b) individuals need to consider whether the advice is appropriate in light of their goals, objectives and current situation; and (c) individuals should obtain a product disclosure statement from the relevant fund provider before making any decision about whether to acquire a financial product from that fund provider. A Financial Services Guide has been made available by Chant West through its website at www.chantwest.com.au/financial-services-guide.

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