Your super is a pot of money that you will use when you give up work. Taking care of it now can make a big difference to your retirement outcomes.
It may seem a long way away - but the more organised you are today managing your super, the happier your future self will be. So how do you keep tabs on your super? Here are some simple ways to get on top of it.
Starting a new job? Think about your super
You learn a bunch of things in your first week on the job, one of them is whether you have a Choice of Fund. In layman’s terms, this means you can choose where your employer pays your super. When you start a new job ask your employer if nominating a super fund is an option for you. Then, just like providing your bank details to your employer so your salary hits your bank account, the Choice of Fund form makes sure your employer’s contributions (usually around 9.5% of your salary) hits your nominated super account.
Look for long-term performance
Your super is managed by a group of investment experts and put into things like shares, property, government bonds and cash deposits in order to grow the balance available to you in retirement. The performance of these investments, or the returns they generate, will make a big difference to how much you will retire on.
No one can predict which super fund will perform the best in the future. But a history of long term strong investment returns is a good factor to consider when deciding on a fund and can make a difference to the money you have available in retirement. Since 2010, the investment returns of the AustralianSuper Balanced option have increased members’ retirement savings by more than double. That means for every $100 invested at the beginning of 2010 was worth $201 at the end of 2017.i This is despite a number of negative events that caused volatility along the way.
Source: AustralianSuper. Investment returns of the Balanced option from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2017. Investment returns are net of investment costs and taxes, but do not include the impact of administration fees and insurance fees that are deducted from member’s account balances. Investment returns are not guaranteed. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.
Know where your super is
If you have more than one super account, consolidating your savings is simple and takes less than five minutes.ii But remember before making a decision to combine, look out for any fees or charges that may apply for closing an account and make sure you understand the impact of combining your accounts on benefits, such as insurance.