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Sunsuper Review | Performance, features and fees

Sunsuper offers a large range of different investment options, including an ethical option and a MySuper product that automatically invests your super in line with your age bracket.

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Sunsuper performance and fees

When joining Sunsuper you'll automatically be invested in the Sunsuper Lifecycle option which invests your super according to your age. After joining you can switch your investment option to any of the below products at any time.

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.)

Sunsuper Lifecycle Balanced

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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.

Sunsuper Growth

Sunsuper Growth
+25.41%
+10.12%
+11.4%
+9.86%
$613

Sunsuper Conservative

Sunsuper Conservative
+9.38%
+5.1%
+5.61%
+5.74%
$543

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.

Sunsuper Diversified Bonds

Sunsuper Diversified Bonds
+1.5%
+3.79%
+3.37%
+4.28%
$278

Sunsuper Aust Shares

Sunsuper Aust Shares
+28.05%
+9.07%
+11.03%
+9.33%
$363

Sunsuper Shares

Sunsuper Shares
+29.85%
+11.76%
+13.01%
+10.46%
$293

Sunsuper Retirement

Sunsuper Retirement
+14.71%
+6.8%
+7.58%
+7.04%
$563

Sunsuper Int'l Shares - Index (Unhedged)

Sunsuper Int'l Shares - Index (Unhedged)
+26.61%
+13.06%
+13.69%
+14.03%
$183

Sunsuper Property

Sunsuper Property
+17.12%
+7.21%
+7.51%
+8.36%
$673

Sunsuper Balanced

Sunsuper Balanced
+20.72%
+8.82%
+9.88%
+9.08%
$558
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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.

What are the key features of Sunsuper?

  • Lifecycle investment strategy. This strategy is an ideal set-and-forget investment option as it adjusts in line with your age throughout your working life.
  • MySuper authorised. Sunsuper's Lifecycle investment option is the authorised MySuper investment option; a low-fee, no-frills default option.
  • Flexible insurance cover. Access to death and total and permanent disability assist cover, with the option to increase or decrease your cover and add income protection insurance.
  • 20 different investment options. You can choose from a Lifecycle investment option, between a number of pre-mixed diversified options or create a build-your-own option.
  • Manage your super online or via a mobile app. Enjoy easy access to your super online or when you're out and about via the mobile app.
  • Member benefits. Dream Rewards is Sunsuper's member rewards program which offers deals and discounts with companies across Australia.
  • Socially responsible investing. A pre-mixed, balanced socially responsible investment option is available.
  • Earn a Retirement Bonus. When you're ready to retire and switch over to a Income account, a retirement bonus of up to $4,800 may be paid on funds moved into your new account.

What investment options does Sunsuper offer?

Sunsuper for life offers three ways to invest depending on how hands-on you want to be with your super. These options are detailed below:

Option 1: Lifecycle Investment Strategy

When you apply to become a Sunsuper for life member the fund will automatically place you in its Lifecycle Investment Strategy (MySuper) option. Your super will be managed for you, and will be invested in a Balanced fund for the majority of your working life. It'll then gradually reduce your exposure to growth assets as you get closer to retirement.

Lifestage optionsRiskAsset allocation
Balanced Pool

Members will be invested in the Balanced option until they're 55, which aims for medium to long-term growth with a mix of growth and defensive assets.

Medium to high
  • Growth: 70%
  • Defensive: 30%
Retirement Pool

Once you turn 55, you'll be invested in the Retirement option instead of the Balanced option. The retirement option has a much lower allocation to growth assets, but still aims to achieve some growth over the short to medium term.

Medium
  • Growth: 50%
  • Defensive: 50%
Cash Pool

When you're aged 65 and over you'll be invested in the Cash option, which is 100% defensive with no exposure to growth assets.

Very low
  • Defensive: 100%

Option 2 Pre-mixed investment options

If you'd prefer a bit more choice with your super, you can choose from one of Sunsuper's diversified options.

Pre-mixed investment options RiskAsset allocation
Growth

This is the highest-growth option, with more than 80% asset allocation to growth investments including shares.

High
  • Growth: 86%
  • Defensive: 14%
Balanced

This is the default investment for all members under 55, unless you choose otherwise.

Medium to High
  • Growth: 70%
  • Defensive: 30%
Balanced – Index

This option has the same level of asset allocation to growth investments as the Balanced option, but it invests in indices and ETFs.

High
  • Growth: 70%
  • Defensive: 30%
Socially Conscious Balanced

This option avoids investment in companies that generate more than 5% of revenue from alcohol, tobacco, gambling, pornography, coal or nuclear power manufacturing.

Medium to High
  • Growth: 70%
  • Defensive: 30%
Diversified Alternatives

This option provides greater exposure to unlisted investments and trading strategies.

Medium
  • Growth: 52%
  • Defensive: 48%
Retirement

This option is designed for members who are close to, or have reached retirement and has less exposure to growth assets, meaning less short-term volatility.

Medium
  • Growth: 50%
  • Defensive: 50%
Conservative

This option is designed for members who seek less volatile returns for their super while maintaining some growth exposure.

Low to Medium
  • Growth: 30%
  • Defensive: 70%

Option 3: Single asset class options

This is for members who want to be hands-on with their super. You can choose to invest your balance in just one single asset option, or a mix of up to 10.

  • Shares
  • Australian Shares
  • Australian Shares - Index
  • International Shares - Index (hedged)
  • International Shares - Index (unhedged)
  • Emerging Market Shares
  • Property
  • Australian Property - Index
  • Diversified Bonds
  • Diversified Bonds - Index
  • Cash
  • Capital Guaranteed
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What insurance options does Sunsuper offer?

As a Sunsuper Super-savings account member you will automatically receive access to death and total and permanent disability assist cover, and have the option to increase cover and add income protection insurance, provided you meet some basic criteria.

The amount of death and TPD assist cover you will receive with your account will depend on your age and the type of cover. You also have the option to increase your level of cover, should you wish to do so.

The cost of your cover will depend on your age and gender and the cost will change with your age over time. Premiums are calculated weekly and are deducted from your account each month. Once you are retired, you can continue your insurance cover as long as you continue to hold a Super-savings account (with a minimum account balance of $1,500).

Example Death and TPD Assist cover levels and cost (new member options):

Your ageDeath coverTPD Assist coverCost per week – MaleCost per week – Female
15$62,500$125,000$2.28$1.36
25$125,000$175,000$3.92$2.68
35$240,000$240,000$7.08$4.84
45$132,000$132,000$8.44$6.76
55$42,000$42,000$8.44$6.76
65$16,000$16,000$8.44$6.76

Insurance offered through Sunsuper is provided by AIA Australia Limited.

If you're looking for more information on Sunsuper's life insurance take a look at our detailed guide here, and if you're looking for more information on Sunsuper's income protection insurance read here.

Note: there may be exclusions and/or restrictions which apply to your insurance cover. Check the "Sunsuper for Life Insurance Guide" available via the Sunsuper website.

How do I join Sunsuper?

If you've decided to select this fund you can open an accumulation account online by clicking the green "Go to Sunsuper's website" button above.

Make sure you have:

  • A spare 10 minutes
  • Your personal details, including your name, address, date of birth and contact information
  • Your tax file number (it's not compulsory to give a super fund your TFN, but without it your fund won't be able to accept certain types of contributions from you and your benefit payments may be taxed at a higher rate than would otherwise apply)
  • Your employer's details
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Sunsuper FAQs

Can you consolidate your super with Sunsuper?

If you've changed jobs or moved industries, it's likely that you'll have multiple super accounts and be paying fees on all these accounts. You can ask Sunsuper to search the ATO for any other super you may have via the Rollover tool or filling out the 'Combine your super into Sunsuper' form.

How do you manage your account?

You can access your super balance, update your details or manage your super investments online 24/7 via Member Online or on your mobile with the Sunsuper app.

How do I nominate my beneficiaries?

Once you sign up for an account you'll be asked to nominate your beneficiaries. The person/s nominated will receive your super and any insured death benefit if something happens to you. You can nominate one or more dependents.

DISCLAIMER: This article may contain general advice. You should consider your own personal circumstances before deciding if a superannuation product is right for you. Superannuation is a long term investment and past performance is not indicative of future performance.

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    JerryAugust 27, 2018

    How long will takes for a payment to be made since l have made my application for my payments 5 months ago and nothing happen?

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      JoshuaAugust 28, 2018Staff

      Hi Jerry,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      If you are referring to your Sunsuper payment, it would be a good idea to ask the company directly. You need to make a follow up as your request might have been overlooked. Checking the status of your request would help you better know what happened to the payment.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

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