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Customising your super strategy

Adjusting your super fund strategy so you can have a more active role in managing your retirement savings can often result in a number of rewards and benefits.

However, it is important for those who opt to take more control of their super fund’s asset allocation to consider aspects in the long-term, rather than react to any short-term financial changes.

The typical investment strategy options for super accounts are cash, conservative, balanced, growth and high growth. Most default funds combine members who are still saving for retirement into the same balanced option. But while conservative and growth assets tend to deliver the best long-terms returns for most members, it is worth considering if these investment options suit a member’s personal wants and needs.

Key life events, such as marriage, starting a family, or approaching retirement, are often good opportunities to consider and review superannuation investment strategies.  Fund members should also take into consideration what stage of life they are at when deciding the kind of investment strategy they want their super in.

Changing the level of risk in a super fund can be as easy as selecting a new option online or over the phone. And while most funds don’t charge members for changing their investment strategy option, it is always a good idea to check with your super fund if this is the case. There can also be a slight difference in investment fees between strategies. While higher growth and more active strategies can be more expensive, these costs can become inconsequential when compared to the value of being in the right strategy.

Posted on 27 August '15 by , under Super.

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The ATO reported that 45% of working Australians were not aware that they had multiple super accounts in 2016. Having multiple super accounts is particularly common for individuals who have had more than one job. If this is you, it is important to identify and manage your super accounts because having more than one can be costly as a result of account fees from multiple funds.To combat this, you may want to consolidate your super, which moves all your super into one account. Not only does this save on fees, but it also makes your super easier to manage and keep track of.

Before consolidating your super, it is important to do the following:

Research your funds' policy
Compare your active super accounts so you can make the right choice about which one you should close. Things to assess include:

  • Exit fees
  • Insurance policies
  • Investment options
  • Ongoing service fees
  • Performance of the funds

Check employer contributions
Changing funds may affect how much your employer contributes, as some employers contribute more to certain funds. Check your current accounts to see if changing funds will affect this. Once you have selected a super fund, regardless of whether you choose a new super fund or one of your existing ones, provide your employer with the details they need to pay super into your selected account.

Gather the relevant information
When consolidating your super, you will need to have the following details ready:

  • Your tax file number.
  • Proof of identity. This could include your driver's license, birth certificate or passport.
  • Your fund's superannuation product identification number (SPIN).
  • Your fund's unique superannuation identifier (USI).
  • Details of your previous fund.

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