September quarter 2021 - performance update

15 October 2021

Improving economic conditions in Australia and around the world, are continuing to support positive investment returns.

AustralianSuper members, in both accumulation and retirement, are seeing positive returns in the Balanced option for the quarter. This is despite some volatility in investment markets in September.

In accumulation, the Balanced option has delivered a return of 1.73% for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021, and 18.81% for the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Similarly, in Choice Income accounts, the Balanced option has returned 1.80% for the September quarter and 20.44% for the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021*.


Balanced option performance (Super and TTR Income) as at 30 September 2021 
A bar chart showing the returns for the Balanced option - Super and TTR Income, as at 30 September 2021. The return for 3 months is 1.73%, for 1 year 18.81%, for 10 years 10.47% and 20 years 8.31%.

*Investment returns are not guaranteed. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns. Returns from equivalent investment options of the ARF and STA super funds are used for periods before 1 July 2006. 

For TTR Income accounts, the investment return is based on the crediting rate for super (accumulation) options. From 1 April 2020 the crediting rate includes an administration fee that is deducted from investment returns, that only applies to super (accumulation) accounts and does not apply to TTR Income accounts. TTR Income accounts will be adjusted to refund the administration fee deducted from investment returns, so that it does not apply. 


Balanced option performance (Choice Income) as at 30 September 2021
A bar chart showing the returns for the Balanced option - Choice Income,as at 30 September 2021. The return for 3 months is 1.8%, 1 year 20.44%, 5years 10.88% and 10 years 11.57%.
Investment returns are not guaranteed. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.

Favourable returns from Australian shares, international shares, private equity and unlisted infrastructure, have helped deliver the September quarter performance for the Balanced option.

Supported by the easing of inflation expectations, we saw Australian and international share markets trend higher. This was despite the pull-back in September, triggered by outbreaks in the Delta variant, labour and supply chain shortages, and concerns about issues like China’s property developer Evergrande.

A normalisation of these issues is likely to benefit investment markets in the near term.


The outlook for investment markets and your super 

Our outlook for investment markets remains positive for the short to medium term. We’re expecting continued economic growth in Australia and overseas as countries reach vaccination targets and start opening up. Consumer demand for goods and services after lockdowns, is forecast to be high.  This is likely to produce good company performance and member returns.

As well as strong consumer demand, we’re expecting governments to continue supporting the economic recovery with stimulus programs and low interest rates.

Potential risks to our growth outlook include the emergence of any new COVID variants, inflation pressures and a slowdown to China’s economy. These scenarios could lead to uncertainty in investment markets and a slower pace of economic recovery. 

As we look to the longer term, investment markets are expected to move out of the current growth cycle. While this may mean more moderate returns compared to the past 12 months, the investments team has a strong track record of managing members’ retirement savings through all market cycles.


Setting the scene for further growth

As you can see from the chart below, we’re maintaining an overweight to listed equities, private equity, infrastructure and credit investments and a reduced allocation to fixed interest. 

With continued low interest rates, returns on fixed interest investments are likely to remain low. The low yield environment also reduces returns for cash investments which will struggle to keep up with inflation.


Balanced option asset allocation position as at 30 September 2021
A pie chart showing the asset allocations in theBalanced option, as at 30 September 2021. Key allocations include Australianshares at 22.7%, international shares at 33.5% and infrastructure at 13.1%
AustralianSuper may change asset allocations and investments from time to time to suit prevailing market circumstances. Due to the Fund’s different cashflow management approaches for Superannuation and Choice Income accounts, there may be a slight difference in the asset allocations for these options at any given time.



Learn more about AustralianSuper’s performance

For an in-depth look at the Fund’s performance in 2020-2021, as well as what’s ahead in the investment landscape, download a copy of the latest Annual Report.




Investment returns are not guaranteed. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.

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