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One of the smallest superannuation funds in terms of member numbers has been beating all others over the long term, and it isn’t an industry fund. What is its secret?

Financial institution Goldman Sachs & JBWere’s (GSJBW) superannuation fund has only 1867 members with total assets of $471,237,000.

According to SuperRatings chief executive Kirby Rappell, the fund is not open to the public as it is specifically for its employees.

While most of the investments within it are in Goldman Sachs & JBWere’s own managed funds, it does have the MySuper stamp of approval.

“Even though it invests aggressively in high-growth assets that carry more risk, over the long term it pays off for this fund,” Mr Rappell said.

Although many funds returned in the double digits last year, the GSJBW managed only 9.2 per cent. But, as Mr Rappell says, the best way to get a feel for how a fund is performing is to look at its longer view.

Figures from the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) show that GSJBW’s return over five years was a handsome 13.2 per cent, beating all other funds’ performance and almost a clear two percentage points ahead of the next best placed, UniSuper.

UniSuper returned 11.4 per cent over the same period, beating all other industry funds. An Australian titan, it has $63 billion under management and 421,700 members in the higher education and research sector.

However, as clever as our academics are, clearly their pay packets (and thus nest eggs) are a little lighter than their cousins in high finance. The average amount in a GSJBW super fund is $226,000 compared with the average UniSuper balance of $135,000.

Across the 10-year term, GSJBW returned seven per cent. While this may not appear stellar, it was the best performance of all the super funds across that period, according to the APRA figures. Plus it was more than one percentage point better than the next best, which was again UniSuper, with returns of 5.8 per cent over 10 years.

Are you satisfied with your fund? Do you want to know how it has been performing? Email [email protected] to find out.

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Written by Olga Galacho


Total Comments: 23
  1. 0

    Stupid story, doesn’t affect the public at all. There would be heaps of funds like this. why tell us, if we can’t join.

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      Fully agree with you, must be Friday and they have run out of ideas for the week.

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      Not at all, leek. I always want to know how the wealthy make their money.
      Listen and learn is my philosophy of life.
      Trump is wealthy because he played the game. I want to know all about the game and what the rules (as pliable as they maybe) are to win.

    • 0

      Rosret, for goodness sake don’t use Trump as a talisman for making money. The guy has had the luck of the Irish – nothing more. He should have been bankrupted in the early to mid 1990’s. He is no better, business wise, than a Skase or a Bond!

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      Trump would have been better off if he had just invested what he inherited in the bank.

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      I don’t at all Big Al. However super managers are just like Trump. They produce nothing. They make money by investing in others who do produce commodities. It is the game.

    • 0

      Trump had a leg up. He got a very, very, small loan from his dad of only $200m.

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      And he came close to losing the lot more than once. He’s no financial genius!

      I get very sick of these BS claims that people born filthy rich are smart or hard working. Anyone can make money if they get a big kick start.
      Turnbull is another one. Inherited a fortune yet claims to have overcome ”disadvantage” and some fools claim he made his money by hard work or being clever. It’s sick! And it’s used to support bigoted and offensive claims that it’s all about ”choices”, and the disadvantaged are to blame for their problems. But you can only make ”choices” when there are options available. You can choose which door to go through, but ONLY if there are doors to choose from. ”Disadvantage” means you DON’T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE.

  2. 0

    There are probably hundreds of these restricted entry funds. Would it be called a corporate fund, as it is not a retail fund and does not fit the mould of an industry fund. Given the membership of this particular fund, probably they are by culture not as risk adverse as a most funds, it is not surprising they are doing so well. Methinks, how well did they do during the GFC?

  3. 0

    And the point is?

    GS staff super doing better than yours! So why bother reporting on it when most can’t join, can’t find out about it and I any case may not be comfortable with the higher risk investments!

  4. 0

    Because it’s a non industry fund that’s how
    Duh !!!

  5. 0

    Gee, I wonder?
    Is the $49,295,000 unapplied forgone benefits? Has this amount accrued as a result of employees not sticking around until full vesting? If that is the case it will prove to be a nice little bonanza for certain members. I wonder who the trustees will bless?

  6. 0

    Not that great a result a lot of self managed funds would beat that easily.

  7. 0

    Raphael you need help, keep your ears open and your mouth shut.I found the article interesting.

  8. 0

    I certainly would have been very disappointed if I left my money in super with those sort of returns.

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      I run me own and look for at least 10 percent and don’t take a pension that’s for losers

    • 0

      Robbo, no need to be disparaging of pensioners. Losers or leaners are unkind terms and not necessary. We know which mob use those kinds of labels!

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      Kathleen, what are you on about? If Robbo draws down in lump sums rather than take a pension that’s his choice. If you want to get rid of the word ‘losers’ from the English language then shouldn’t you work toward making everyone a winner? Including Robbo?

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      Adrianus, that’s a typical LNP troll or nasty bigot response. Pensioners are NOT losers, and Kathleen is right to object to such a rude and offensive statement. It has nothing to do with working to make everyone winners. We’d all like to be able to achieve that – but bigoted, discriminatory and cruel practices together with the corruption and self-interest of the power-brokers make it impossible.

      If you want everyone to be winners, you first have to recognize why they currently are not – HONESTLY AND TRUTHFULLY, not pretending (because it’s comfortable to pretend) that it must be their fault somehow.

      BTW. By Robbo’s criteria, I must be a winner, but I could write volumes about the efforts of unethical and dishonest bureaucrats, governments, unions, bosses (and others with power they should not be trusted with) to make me a loser. So far, I’ve won, but unlike others here, I recognize why some just don’t have a chance. Empathy is a far better indicator of personal quality than wealth, NOBODY who lacks empathy and good manners is a winner.

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      If ever I take a pension from my Super Fund I will never post it on here. Don’t want to give you another opportunity to look like a very nasty angry old woman.



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