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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 Last 1 year performance (p.a.) Last 3 year performance (p.a.) Last 5 year performance (p.a.) Last 10 year performance (p.a.) Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)

Virgin Money Super - LifeStage Tracker

Virgin Money Super - LifeStage Tracker
+22.17%
+10.04%
New Fund
New Fund
$363
Virgin Money Super LifeStage Tracker has one of the lowest fees in the market and has strong 3 year performance. It invests in a mix of assets in line with your age, reducing your risk as you near retirement. The investment team was named a Responsible Investment Leader 2020 and 2021 by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia.

Australian Ethical Super Balanced

Green Company
Australian Ethical Super Balanced
+17.96%
+10.33%
+9.67%
+9.01%
$622
Certified by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia.
Australian Ethical seeks to invest in companies that have a positive impact on the planet, people and animals, such as renewable energy and healthcare while avoiding investments in coal, oil, tobacco and gambling.

AustralianSuper - Pre-mixed, Balanced option

Finder Award
AustralianSuper - Pre-mixed, Balanced option
+20.46%
+9.6%
+10.46%
+9.74%
$476
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.

Sunsuper Lifecycle Balanced

Finder Award
Sunsuper Lifecycle Balanced
+20.62%
+8.77%
+9.84%
+9.06%
$558
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.

Spaceship GrowthX

Spaceship GrowthX
+23.41%
+15.25%
New Fund
New Fund
$536
This is a high-risk investment option that aims to deliver high returns over the long term.
Spaceship's GrowthX fund invests heavily in technology ETFs with high exposures to Australian and international shares. Performance figures and fees supplied by Spaceship, not Chant West.

QSuper Lifetime - Aspire 1

QSuper Lifetime - Aspire 1
+17.11%
+9.02%
+8.61%
New Fund
$360
QSuper is one of the largest profit-for-members funds in Australia. QSuper Lifetime continually adjusts your investment mix in line with your age and your super account balance.

UniSuper Balanced

UniSuper Balanced
+17.6%
+9.23%
+9.55%
+9.55%
$326
UniSuper is an industry super fund and one of Australia's largest super funds with more than 450,000 members. Its Balanced option invests in a mix of different asset classes and charges some of the lowest fees of all default super products.

Aware Super Growth

Aware Super Growth
+18.02%
+8.81%
+9.8%
+8.97%
$519
Aware Super is a not-for-profit fund with more than 750,000 members. The MySuper product invests your super in a pre-mixed Growth fund until you’re 60, then it’ll switch to Balanced.

HESTA Balanced Growth

HESTA Balanced Growth
+19.03%
+8.48%
+9.39%
+8.87%
$533
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.

Australian Catholic Super Lifetime - Grow

Australian Catholic Super Lifetime - Grow
+17.36%
+7.42%
New Fund
New Fund
$528
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.

Verve Super Balanced

Verve Super Balanced
+12.85%
New Fund
New Fund
New Fund
$691
Verve Super is an ethical super fund tailored for women. It seeks to invest in companies making a positive impact, such as renewable energy and women in leadership, while avoiding those that cause harm, such as fossil fuels, tobacco and guns.

Superhero Super Autopilot

Superhero Super Autopilot
+14.52%
+8.39%
New Fund
New Fund
$429
Superhero Super Autopilot allows you to invest up to 30% of your super in different themed ASX shares and ETFs, with at least 70% of your balance invested in the Vanguard Global Diversified Index Portfolio. Performance and fees are based on having 100% of your balance in the index portfolio.

REST Super - Core Strategy

REST Super - Core Strategy
+17.43%
+7.17%
+8.26%
+8.43%
$467
REST is an industry super fund tailored towards the retail sector and open to all Australians with almost 2 million members. The Core Strategy is a diversified investment portfolio that balances risk and return.

AustralianSuper - Socially Aware

AustralianSuper - Socially Aware
+19.4%
+7.89%
+9.25%
+9.2%
$501
The AustralianSuper Socially Aware option doesn't invest in Australian or international companies that directly own coal and fossil fuel reserves, produce tobacco or those which have single-gender boards. Investment performance as of 30 June 2020.

Aware Super - Diversified Socially Responsible Investment

Aware Super - Diversified Socially Responsible Investment
+15.23%
+8.1%
+8.28%
+8.12%
$406
The Aware Super Diversified Socially Responsible Investment is a pre-mixed investment option that excludes companies operating in the tobacco, ammunition, gambling, alcohol, forest logging and pornography industries, as well as companies that attribute 20% or more of their revenue to coal, oil and gas.

Sunsuper - Socially Conscious Balanced

Sunsuper - Socially Conscious Balanced
+19.6%
+8.76%
+8.83%
+8.25%
$463
Certified by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia.
The Sunsuper Socially Conscious Balanced option avoids investment in companies that have significant exposure (more than 5% of revenue) to alcohol, tobacco, gambling, pornography, coal and nuclear power manufacturing. Investment performance as of 30 June 2020.
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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 2021.

© 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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