Equip yourself with the knowledge of MySuper

MySuper

A Government initiative to provide a low-cost and no-frills product for employers.

Many super funds now offer a new, simple and cost-effective super account called MySuper. MySuper is a government initiative to provide simple super products for employers to choose as their default fund.

MySuper options have basic features and fee structures allowing members to compare funds easily based on cost, investment performance and insurance.

The features of MySuper

MySuper accounts offer:

  • Lower fees (and restrictions on the type of fees you can be charged).
  • Simple features so you don’t pay for services you don’t need.
  • A single diversified investment option or a lifecycle investment option.

What are the MySuper investment options?

There are two ways super funds can manage your investments through MySuper accounts. They’ll either use a single diversified investment strategy or a lifecycle approach.


Source: Money Smart

Single diversified investment strategy

Most MySuper options use this strategy. If you do nothing your money will be put in a standard mix of investments and the risk-reward approach will stay the same for your whole life. Check with your super fund about its investment approach.

It’s common for these funds to have a balanced/growth approach to investing with 70% of assets in growth and 30% in defensive investments - safer options.

Lifecycle investment strategy

Super funds that offer a lifecycle option will move your money to more conservative options when you get older from growth investments at the start. This way, you take more risk when you’re young because you have time to ride the ups and downs of financial markets.

As you get older, your super fund will reduce your risk to secure what’s been built up over your life.

You don’t have to make changes yourself with a lifecycle option. Your fund will change your investments automatically.

The table below shows a typical mix for a lifecycle investment strategy.

Age (year of birth)GrowthDefensive
Under 45 (or born in the 1970’s or later)85%15%
45-54 (or born in 1960’s)75%25%
55-64 (or born in 1950’s)55%45%
65+ (or born before 1950’s)40%60%

Compare the pros and cons of MySuper

Pros:

  • You can choose where your super is invested.
  • MySuper must offer standard level of life and Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) insurance.
  • It’s easy to use and manage.
  • Investments are more competitively priced.

Cons:

  • Some critics say MySuper places too much emphasis on fees and not enough on performance.
  • Financial illiteracy will make it harder to choose your investments.

Beware of the traps

One of the drawbacks of MySuper is that the fund will have a single, diversified investments strategy. Unfortunately, this places everyone in a one size fits all model. This may be appropriate for some, but an individual’s superannuation balance needs that control and flexibility is paramount.


MySuper, whilst a good initiative, is certainly not for everyone. You have to make sure that it’s the right option for you.

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    PaulMay 19, 2017

    I wish to compare the % return on my allocated pension accounts with you, with my “locked up ” account with BT.
    All the years from 2009 onwards please. Also is the annual charge still $400 , in fact , what are the total annual costs with my cbus and , if relavant , when did they change.
    (I intend fighting Westpac and wish to hi-lite what’s available compared with their awful costs and financial adviser performance.)
    Thank you in anticipation.

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      MayMay 30, 2017Staff

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for reaching out. Please note that you’ve come through to finder.com.au – a financial comparison website and general information service designed to help consumers make better decisions. We do not offer super funds and we are not affiliated with any company we feature on our site so we can only offer a general advice.

      I’m afraid we do not have that information you are looking for. Is your account with Cbus? If so, please contact them directly if you’d like to compare the return on your allocated pension and all other fees and charges as well as the changes on your account.

      In case, you can also find on this page the super funds available for you and click here to get more details on industry super funds. Alternatively, you can speak to a financial adviser who can help you manage your super.

      Cheers,
      May

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