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 Past performance - 5 Years Calculated fees p.a. on $50,000 balance
8.67%
10.72%
9.48%
$437.65
The Balanced option is a pre-mixed, MySuper fund that invests in a diversified range of asset classes.
AustralianSuper is an award-winning industry super fund and is the largest super fund in Australia.
8.52%
10.48%
8.9%
$523
The Lifecycle Balanced option is a MySuper product that invests your super in a balanced fund until you’re near retirement.
Earn a Retirement Bonus of up to $4,800 when you open a new Income account. T&Cs apply.
11.03%
9%
9.74%
$395
The Lifetime option is a MySuper product that adjusts your investment mix each 7-10 years as you get older.
QSuper is a member-owned super fund and is one of the largest super funds in Australia.
-1.36%
N/A
N/A
$358
The Lifestage Tracker is a MySuper product that invests in a range of asset classes in line with your age.
Earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points for making contributions to your super. T&Cs apply.
7.27%
9.06%
7.79%
$598
The LGIA MySuper Lifecycle option aims for higher returns while you’re under 75.
LGIA is a medium-sized, member-owned super fund open to all Australians.
6.03%
N/A
N/A
$573
The LifetimeOne investment option is a MySuper product that changes your investment mix as you get older.
A Catholic super fund open to all Australians and designed for people working in Catholic education, healthcare or aged care.
New Fund
New Fund
New Fund
$291.50
The Balanced Essentials fund invests in a range of shares, residential property and other assets and has a medium level of risk.
Superestate focuses on investing your super in physical residential properties and charges some of the lowest annual fees in the market.
7.71%
10.09%
8.3%
$549.42
This MySuper product will invest your super in a pre-mixed Growth fund until you’re 60, then it’ll switch to Balanced.
First State Super is a not-for-profit super fund with more than 750,000 members around Australia.
7.25%
9.58%
8.32%
$548.53
The Core Pool invests in a mix of asset classes and is an authorised MySuper product.
HESTA is an industry super fund open to all Australians and designed for employees in the health and community services sector.
-2.16%
5.03%
5.41%
$643
The MySuper Lifestage fund invests your super in a mix of asset classes depending on how old you are.
Westpac Group customers can manage their super alongside their day-to-day bank accounts.
6.99%
9.9%
9.03%
$565
The Growth fund is a pre-mixed investment portfolio and an approved MySuper product.
Cbus is a leading industry super fund for the building and construction industry, that’s open to all Australians.
4.88%
7.79%
8.03%
$682.65
The MySuper Balanced Growth option is a ready-made, diversified fund with a medium level of risk.
BUSSQ is an industry fund designed for the building and construction industry and open for all Australians.
-1.04%
4%
5.27%
$581.80
The Lifestage Fund readjusts your investment mix every few years to reduce your level of risk as you get older.
A retail super fund that offers access to personalised financial planning and advice.
6.8%
10.8%
9.65%
$546.76
The Balanced fund invests your super in a range of assets and is designed for high long-term growth.
An industry super fund open to all Australians with a focus on the hospitality and retail sector.
7.66%
9.33%
9.03%
$469.76
The Balanced option is a MySuper product that invests in a range of asset classes aiming for medium to high long-term returns.
MTAA is a national super fund available to all Australians with a focus on the motor trades and automotive sector.
N/A
N/A
N/A
$728
The Growth option is a diversified portfolio that aims for high growth over the medium to long term.
MLC is a large retail fund open to all Australians. MLC is the wealth management arm of National Australia Bank.
5.94%
8.57%
7.36%
$497.60
The Core Strategy is a diversified investment portfolio that balances risk and return, and is an authorised MySuper product.
REST is an industry super fund tailored towards the retail sector and open to all Australians with almost two million members.
9.88%
9.97%
9.35%
$361
The Balanced option is a MySuper product that invests in a mix of growth and defensive assets.
A flexible industry super fund for people who work in Australia’s higher education and research sector.

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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.

© 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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