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SMSFs worth over $200k are competitive with APRA funds, research finds

  • February 16 2022
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SMSFs worth over $200k are competitive with APRA funds, research finds

By Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
February 16 2022

SMSFs are competitive with APRA-regulated superannuation funds, new research has suggested.

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SMSFs worth over $200k are competitive with APRA funds, research finds

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  • February 16 2022
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SMSFs are competitive with APRA-regulated superannuation funds, new research has suggested.

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New research released on Tuesday (15 February) by the University of Adelaide revealed that the investment performance of a typical self-managed super fund (SMSF) improves as the fund balance approaches $200,000.

This, the SMSF Association said in a statement, disproves current regulatory guidance by reinforcing an earlier finding that SMSFs with balances of $200,000 or more are cost-effective compared with industry and retail superannuation funds.

The SMSF Association, which commissioned the report based on a study of over 318,000 SMSFs, said the research quashes ASIC’s guidance to advisers and licensees that suggested that, on average, SMSFs with balances below $500,000 have lower returns after expenses and tax than funds regulated by APRA.

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“The research data revealed no material differences in performance patterns for SMSFs between $200,000 and $500,000, so the notion that smaller SMSFs in this range deliver materially lower investment returns, on average, than larger SMSFs in this range, is not supported by the research results,” said John Maroney, the association’s chief executive.

“The research results suggest a more appropriate threshold is $200,000”.

Mr Maroney believes these new findings are “a very significant development for the SMSF sector”.

Commenting on the report, Professor Ralf Zurbruegg from the University of Adelaide explained that the method used by the ATO to calculate SMSF performance significantly differs from that used by APRA to measure the effectiveness of its own funds.

“When we account for the differences in how the performance of these funds is calculated, neither APRA regulated superannuation funds nor SMSFs with balances above $200,000 consistently under or out-perform each other,” Professor Zurbruegg said.

Moreover, the new research found that SMSFs with more diversified asset allocations achieve higher returns.

“The performance benefits of adding a second, third or fourth asset class are strong and consistent across the 2017-19 period,” Mr Zurbruegg said.

“The results provide a useful reference point and education tool for SMSF professionals and investors and supports the regulatory focus on SMSFs with inadequate levels of diversification.”

 

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Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is the editor of nestegg and Smart Property Investment. Email Maja at [email protected]

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Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is the editor of nestegg and Smart Property Investment. Email Maja at [email protected]

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