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Are managed funds a lucky dip for SMSFs?

  • August 03 2020
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Are managed funds a lucky dip for SMSFs?

Over half of the most popular managed funds owned by SMSF members have underperformed benchmarks over the past five years, despite charging investors higher investment fees for this inferior performance, research has shown.

managed funds a lucky dip for SMSFs

Are managed funds a lucky dip for SMSFs?

Over half of the most popular managed funds owned by SMSF members have underperformed benchmarks over the past five years, despite charging investors higher investment fees for this inferior performance, research has shown.

managed funds a lucky dip for SMSFs

Online investment adviser and fund manager Stockspot has analysed the returns of the most popular actively managed funds invested in by SMSFs based on the Class Benchmark Survey.

Stockspot said out of the 1.1 million Australians who have an SMSF, 32 per cent are invested in managed funds. The majority of SMSF investors use 20 funds, of which 18 are actively managed.

According to the research, over half of these popular funds owned by SMSFs have underperformed Morningstar benchmarks for the past five years. The findings indicated a huge variance in the returns for these actively managed funds.

The research also found that the fees charged for some of these funds were high relative to performance. On average, the active funds analysed achieved before-fee returns that were only 0.90 [of a percentage point] per annum over market benchmarks.

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“The returns made over market benchmarks weren’t passed on to investors. Instead, the ‘excess’ amount — and then some — was retained by the funds, who kept 1.04 per cent per annum for themselves,” said Stockspot chief executive Chris Brycki.

“This means that investors paid active fund managers $731 million in fees per annum over five years, despite the fact that these funds only beat the market by around $629 million each year. This left investors underwater by approximately $102 million per annum.”

Mr Brycki said SMSF investors should also be aware that star fund managers one year can very quickly become low-performing the next.

“Essentially, managed funds are a ‘lucky dip’ for SMSFs and there are risks of significant underperformance if you get the fund or timing wrong,” he warned.

Are managed funds a lucky dip for SMSFs?
managed funds a lucky dip for SMSFs
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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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