Starting a family made Magesh realise how important it is to be in a top-performing super fund that puts members first. When he discovered he had multiple accounts and was paying fees on all of them, he decided to roll his super into one fund with AustralianSuper.
Having multiple super funds means you could be paying multiple fees, as AustralianSuper member Magesh discovered. To solve this problem, he decided to consolidate is super funds, moving all his accounts to AustralianSuper.
Not all super funds are created equal. A fund’s overall performance can be measured by looking at net benefit – a number which takes into account the fees you pay, the investment performance. Before you consider consolidating your accounts, watch Magesh’s story and understand the basics.
See how he rolled over his super quickly and easily with AustralianSuper.
Explore Magesh’s story
Magesh rolled all his super funds into one account with AustralianSuper for several reasons, including:
- the Fund has a record of strong long-term performance.
- combing his super it helped him save on multiple fees.
- AustralianSuper puts members first.
Watch his story now.
Take your super with you when you change jobs
Over the course of your working life, it’s likely you’ll change jobs more than a few times. This can be a good thing – starting a new job is exciting and challenging. However, every time you change jobs, you need to tell your new employer where you’d like your super paid into.
Otherwise, they may select their default fund, which can lead to you having multiple super accounts.
One account can help you keep track and boost your returns
There are several benefits to having one account. For example:
- You’ll know your overall balance
- See your fees
- Know your insurance cover and charges
- See your investment returns
- Benefit from compound returns
- Know who to call for help and guidance
- Less likely to have ‘lost’ super.
Having multiple accounts is a common issue. In fact, as of November 2019, Australians had amassed a whopping $20.8 billion in lost and unclaimed super1.
So, if you’re changing jobs, remember, you can usually take your super with you. Just give your new employer your AustralianSuper account details. It’s that easy. If you have several accounts and want to rollover your super, you can do as Magesh did and simply give AustralianSuper your account numbers and we’ll take care of the rest.*
*Before combining your super, ask your other super provider about any fees or charges that may apply, and other information about the effect this transfer may have on your benefits, such as insurance cover.
3 things to look out for when comparing super funds
If you’re thinking of rolling over your super into one account and are comparing funds, there are a few things to keep an eye out for to make sure you’re comparing apples with apples.
1. Low fees
Your fund will charge you fees to manage and invest your money. The amount of fees you’re charged depends on a couple of factors. These include your investment option and the type of fund you’re with, such as an industry or a retail fund. Industry super funds, such as AustralianSuper, are run for members’ benefit, so fees are kept low. Retail funds often charge much higher fees as they have a responsibility to their shareholders and a focus on profit.
The amount of fees you pay over the course of your working life can add up. This can have a significant impact on your overall super balance come retirement.
2. Long-term performance
When you’re looking at different super funds, it can be important to compare long-term performance. After all, super is a long-term investment. So be sure to check not just how the fund is performing now, but whether it has a good track record. For example, AustralianSuper’s Balanced option is the number 1 performing over the last 5, 7, 10, and 15 years2*.
3. Net benefit
Net benefit is what you get when you calculate investment performance, minus the fees and taxes charged by your fund. It’s essentially a truer reflection on how your super is performing, meaning, the higher the net benefit, the more your balance grows.
The views expressed are those of the member based on their particular circumstances, reproduced with their continuing consent.
This may be general financial advice which doesn’t consider your personal objectives, situation or needs. Before deciding on AustralianSuper read the Product Disclosure Statement available at australiansuper.com/pds. AustralianSuper Pty Ltd ABN 94 006 457 987, AFSL 233788, Trustee of AustralianSuper ABN 65 714 394 898. Investment returns are not guaranteed. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.