How do I choose an investment strategy for my super?
It’s important to understand that all investment strategies carry some level of risk. Every investment has the potential to deliver a range of results, including poor or negative returns.
Generally, the higher the risk you're prepared to accept, the higher the potential return in the long term.
With super, there is no ‘one-size fits all’ approach. What suits you, may not suit the next person. When it comes to choosing an investment strategy for your super, there are a few factors to consider:
- Your age and how long until you can access your super
- How much income you may need when you retire
- How much risk you are willing to take to achieve that income
Choose your super fund
If you’re not expecting to access your super for five years or more, you may want to consider a growth investment style. A growth option carries greater risk as it’s likely to experience short term volatility. However, over the long term it will likely achieve higher returns, a better income in retirement, and could maximise the potential returns of your super.
Because a growth investment strategy requires a long term outlook, it’s usually a more suitable choice when you are younger. This is because you’re likely to have time on your side should your super balance drop due to market downturns.
On the other hand, if you are nearing the end of your career or planning for retirement, a conservative investment style may be more suitable. While a more defensive strategy tends to deliver lower returns, this option aims to reduce risk and help minimise your super balance dropping.
Lastly, you may fall somewhere in the middle and be more comfortable taking on a moderate level of risk. If so, you accept lower returns than a growth strategy but with less volatility. If this sounds like you, a balanced investment style may be an appropriate option.
When should you change your investment strategy?
As your working life progresses your super strategy will change. And over time, your focus will probably shift from growing to preserving your super balance. An investment strategy that suits you earlier in your working life, is unlikely to be appropriate when you’re near retirement age.
Ensuring your super is being invested in the right way for your specific needs is important. If you’re uncertain how your super is being invested, check your latest super statement.
Many super funds, including Bendigo Super, offer MySuper options when you join the fund.
If you invest with Bendigo MySuper, you’re allocated to a fund according to your aged-based life stage:
- under age 55 - Bendigo Growth Index Fund
- age 55 to 59 - Bendigo Balanced Index Fund
- age 60 and over - Bendigo Conservative Index Fund
When you join Bendigo Super you can choose how to invest for your retirement. If you don't choose an investment strategy, your super will be invested with Bendigo MySuper. Your funds will be assigned depending on your age and will change as you reach the next life stage.
Bendigo SmartStart Super
If you prefer a more hands-on approach to your super, there are a variety of investment strategies to choose from.
SmartStart Super has an investment option to suit your needs, including socially responsible and cash options. If you’re unsure what’s best for you, you can arrange to speak with our wealth concierge team.
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Things you should know
Bendigo Superannuation Pty Ltd ABN 23 644 620 128 AFSL 534006 (Bendigo Super) is the trustee and issuer of Bendigo SmartStart Super and Bendigo SmartStart Pension (products). Bendigo Super is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178 AFSL 237879 (Bank). Each of these companies receives remuneration on the issue of the products or services they provide, full details of which are contained in the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS). Bendigo Super, the Bank and its related entities do not guarantee the repayment of capital invested, the payment of income or products’ investment performance. An investment in these products does not represent a deposit with, or liability of Bendigo Super, the Bank or its related entities. The Bank does not stand behind or guarantee the performance of Bendigo Super in its capacity as trustee and issuer of the products. Bendigo Super is not an authorised deposit-taking institution within the meaning of the Banking Act 1959.
Information on the website is subject to change without notice. Any advice in relation to superannuation is provided by Bendigo Super. The information contains general advice only and does not take into account your personal objectives, situation or needs. Before making an investment decision in relation to these products you should consider your situation and read the relevant PDS accessible through this site.