Welcome to the July 2018 bulletin

Once again, we've had good investment performance for another financial year across each of our investment options. We've summarised the results below and of course there will be more detail in your annual member statements which will be issued to you in mid September.

Thank you to those of our members who recently participated in our annual member satisfaction survey – your feedback on what we are doing well and where we need more improvement is very important to us, and we look forward to sharing the results with you late in the year.
 

Carl Wilson, Member Advice Consultant

Nathan McCabe, Member Advice Consultant

Carl Wilson & Nathan McCabe
Senior Member Advice Consultants
1300 128 751

carl.wilson@avsuper.com.au
nathan.mccabe@avsuper.com.au

 




Managing your income stream

Right now, your current balance might look like a significant sum of money - but will it fund the rest of your retirement?

Having an idea of how much money you need annually can help you make informed decisions about your income stream. The ASFA Retirement Standard (updated on our site each quarter) provides an invaluable starting point for looking at your requirements in the future and making plans on that basis now. It provides some insight into the proportions of retirement budgets typically spent in retirement across basic categories such as food, health and transport.

Please contact us for ideas on how to get the maximum out of your retirement savings, whether it is about helping your savings grow or the best drawdown options for your needs.

Minimum Payment

The government prescribes a minimum amount of income that needs to be withdrawn from an income stream each year. These minimums are based on your age and calculated as a percentage of your account balance. The minimums are listed on our website and we notify you about these limits every year, but if you are 55 – 64, for instance, your minimum payment is 4% of your account.

These minimum payments are recalculated as at 1 July each year. This means that the investment performance will increase the minimum payment. For example:

Income Stream balance (1 July 2017) $800,000
Minimum Payment (2017-18) $32,000 per annum
or $2,666.66 per month 

Investment Growth

3%

Income Stream balance (1 July 2018) $792,000
New Minimum Payment (2018-19) $31,680 per annum 
or $2,640 per month 

 

March 2018 Quarterly Investment Update

Concerns of trade tensions and tightening of monetary policy is a key risk

Global economic growth remains robust, but the theme of synchronised global growth appears to be changing. US economic growth remains strong and will benefit from fiscal stimulus over the near term. However, there are signs of deterioration in the outlook for Europe, and political uncertainty rising. In Japan, economic growth is also weakening.

Australia's headline GDP growth has been strong with business conditions remaining positive and employment growth being solid. However, there remain concerns with household debt levels, a softening in the residential property market and the Royal Commission providing uncertainty on credit growth.

Monetary policy has continued to tighten globally but remains very accommodative. The US Federal Reserve increased its interest rate during the quarter with expectations of future rate rises, however these may be relatively limited. The European Central Bank (ECB) announced it intends to end its quantitative easing program by December 2018 and interest rate rises are unlikely for some time.

Inflation and wage growth has remained relatively low but has risen slowly. Economic slack and labour market indicators continue to suggest inflationary pressures are building (particularly in the US) and if inflation starts to accelerate, central banks will be under pressure to raise rates faster than anticipated.

In China, fixed asset investment and credit growth are slowing. This is to be expected as the Chinese economy transitions and the Government targets deleveraging (particularly the "shadow banking" sector’s excesses). A China hard landing is a low probability as authorities have demonstrated the capacity and intent to stimulate the economy when required but for now there appears to be some cyclical slowing.

Sue Field, Investments Manager


Emerging markets, particularly currency, but also equity and debt markets, have been negatively impacted by the recent appreciation of the USD, rising US interest rates and concerns around trade. The impact has been largest in countries with current account and debt vulnerabilities such as Turkey, Argentina and Brazil, but negative sentiment and capital outflows have been broad based.

Trade tensions have been a major development over the quarter. The ultimate impact is difficult to forecast as there are a variety of flow through reactions including substitution, redirection of trade, supply chain management and foreign owned investment (e.g. Apple operating in China). Over the medium to long-term the US is expected to be negatively impacted by these actions and in the short-term any benefits could be offset by USD appreciation and retaliatory actions. Australia has a trade surplus with the US and therefore may be relatively less directly impacted, and although China is the major target the biggest impact is probably more likely to be felt by US neighbours Mexico and Canada, and other Asian countries (e.g. Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore).

Income Stream Investment Returns (net of investment fees) to 30 June 2018

AvSuper MIC Option - Allocated Pension

Quarter

Financial year to date

5 years (annualised)

Growth #

 3.9%

9.6%

10.0%

Conservative Growth

1.6%

5.0%

5.5%

Stable Growth

2.3%

6.9%

7.2%

Balanced Growth*#

3.3%

8.2%

n/a

High Growth

4.9%

11.9%

11.7%

Australian Shares

7.7%

14.2%

11.5%

International Shares

2.5%

10.6%

12.0%

Cash

0.5%

2.0%

2.4%

Past performance may not be an indicator of future performance. Taxes generally do not apply for income stream accounts.
# Your income stream will be invested in our Growth Option (for accounts opened prior to 1 July 2015) or Cash and Balanced Growth Options if you don't make an investment choice.
* The Balanced Growth option was introduced on 1 July 2015
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