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Financial markets and your super
This week’s stock market activity and your super
You would have heard in the news over the past few days about the recent activity in the Australian and global share markets reporting over $85 billion lost in the Australian market so far this week.1 While many reports may seem doom and gloom, reacting and making rash decisions without careful consideration could disadvantage your retirement savings.
According to experts, a correction to the US share market was long overdue. Many commentators and economists have cited that the strong performance obtained from US equities over the past 12 months was unsustainable. The correction in the US stock market has had an impact on most global share markets including Australian shares.
Fortunately as at Wednesday, 7 February 2018, the US stock market has shown signs of improvement from its slump on Monday, 5 February 2018. In addition, after initially sliding, the Dow Jones industrial average ended the trading day with its biggest jump in over a year - up 567 points.2
What does this mean for your super?
Most superannuation funds have an allocation to Australian and global shares and are impacted by this volatility. For QIEC Super, most of our members are invested in diversified options, such as the QIEC MySuper option, in which shares only form part of a range of assets which make up the returns for this option. Our investments are spread across a range of asset classes of both a growth and defensive nature.
QIEC Super’s diversified investment portfolios are designed to help minimise the impacts of market volatility. However, the portfolios are not immune to the impacts of market volatility and we will likely see the impacts of this volatility in future crediting rates.
What you can do
- Focus on your chosen long term risk profile and underlying investment options rather than reacting to short term market fluctuations; and
- Give careful consideration before switching your investment options now as it may result in a reduction of the value of your superannuation. It will be very difficult to correctly time a switch back to your original investment options in order to recover any lost value once investment markets stabilise again.
We’re here to help
If you would like to review your chosen level of risk, YourSuperFuture is an easy to use online advice tool which can evaluate your risk profile. You can access this tool at no extra cost by logging into Member Online.
If you are concerned about your investments in QIEC Super and would like advice, QIEC Super offers access to personal financial advice through QIEC Financial Planning. Call us on 1300 360 507 to obtain over the phone advice, or to organise an appointment in person. Fees may be charged for the provision of personal advice, but where the advice relates to your superannuation, these costs may be deducted from your superannuation account.
If you have any questions regarding your super, please call us on 1300 360 507 or email email@example.com
YourSuperFuture and QIEC Financial Planning advice are provided by My Super Future Pty Ltd (ABN 38 122 977 888) Australian Financial Services Licensee (AFSL no. 411440) and are authorised to provide personal financial advice. The Trustee QIEC Super Pty Ltd (ABN 81 010 897 480) is not responsible for, and does not accept liability for the products or services or actions of My Super Future Pty Ltd. You should use your own judgement before taking up any product or service offered by My Super Future Pty Ltd.
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