3 tips to keep track of your super

5 July 2022

If you’re in your 20s, you could be adding to your super savings for over 40 years. A few good decisions about your super now can have a big difference and could mean more money to live off when you stop working.

Retirement might be a long way off, but it’s still a good idea to check your account each year and make sure your super is growing. Find out how keep tabs on your super with these 3 simple tips.

 

1. Choose the best super fund from the start

You can choose any super fund you like. But there are some common things to look for in a new fund, or to review with your existing fund. Using a comparison tool can be a good place to start.

For example, look for:

  • Fees
  • Net benefit
  • Good investment returns over the long-term
  • Good principles, such as a strong environmental, social and governance focus (ESG)
  • Good personal insurance
  • Funds with a profit-to-member model, such as Industry funds

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2. Know where all your super is

You don’t need to open a new account when you start a new job. But in some cases, your employer may automatically set one up for you. This can lead to multiple accounts – and multiple fees. To stop this happening pass on the details of your existing fund when you start a new job, so your super is paid into the account you’ve chosen.

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Multiple accounts

Not sure if you have more than one super account? Track down any lost super now.

If you do have more than one, consider combining them so your money is easier to manage.

(Before deciding to combine, look out for any fees or charges that may apply for closing an account. You may also need to consider the impact of combining your accounts on benefits, such as insurance.)

READ MORE: COMBINING YOUR SUPER

 

3. Make sure your super performs well over the long-term

Think of your super as a marathon, not a sprint. It needs to perform well over a long-term period.

Your super fund invests your money. This can include investing in assets such as listed shares, private equity, infrastructure, credit, fixed interest and cash. It’s your fund’s job to grow your savings, so you have more money in retirement.1

Good returns over the course of your life can make a big difference to how much you’ll have when you retire. Of course, no one can predict exactly how investments will perform. However, a history of strong long-term investment returns is an good factor to consider when deciding on a fund. It can make a difference to the money you have available in retirement. 

At AustralianSuper 190 investment specialists, across 4 global offices, manage members’ money. We manage over $200 billion of member assets, which lets us invest like no other super fund can. Our size and scale mean you have access to some of the world’s best investments. Our investment approach is designed to perform better than the broader market and generate better net returns - that's more money into your savings.

This may include general financial advice which doesn’t take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Before making a decision consider if the information is right for you and read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement, available at australiansuper.com/pds or by calling 1300 300 273. A Target Market Determination (TMD) is a document that outlines the target market a product has been designed for. Find the TMDs at australiansuper.com/TMD.

AustralianSuper Pty Ltd ABN 94 006 457 987, AFSL 233788, Trustee of AustralianSuper ABN 65 714 394 898.

 


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