In the current
environment, AustralianSuper's investment team's priorities are clear. To
navigate the volatility that's taking place in investment markets, and to
position the portfolio for continued long-term growth.
investment portfolio can benefit members in two ways, by providing
opportunities for growth in investment returns, and by managing exposure to
diversification in our PreMixed options by combining a range of asset classes,
including shares, private equity, infrastructure, property, fixed income and
the volatility that members experience, so they can remain invested through the
ups and downs of market cycles.
of information is helping to guide us in our investment decisions.
traditional economic data, including production, employment, and GDP growth.
This type of information often looks backwards, reporting on the activity of
the previous months. While this is useful in helping us understand what has
happened, it doesn't always help us predict what's ahead.
This is an
important point, because investment markets are forward looking.
To help build
an understanding of what's currently happening and likely to happen in the
economy, we also analyze real-time data and forward-looking surveys. These
surveys look at consumer and business confidence, as well as investment, hiring
and consumption intentions.
combination of data helps us build a picture of how quickly consumers and
businesses are starting to resume more normal economic activity. This gives us
some indication of how quickly we can expect the economy to recover.
we're looking for new investment opportunities that will provide attractive
investment returns for members over the longer term.
Many of these
opportunities are in Australia, where our investments will also have the
benefit of supporting Australian companies, and strengthening the Australian
Over the past
six months, we've directly supported 20 listed Australian companies, with over
380 million in new capital. This has helped them navigate the challenges posed
by COVID-19, and invest in their businesses for future growth.
economy is good for member returns, so we'll continue to invest in Australian
companies and assets that make good investment sense.