Equip delivers top ten performance in 2019
Superannuation | 18/02/2020 |
7 min read
Global share markets delivered stellar returns in 2019, with double-digit returns for growth driven investment options. Watch the video below for a 60-second summary from Equip's Chief Investment Officer, Anna Shelley.
After much negative sentiment just 12 months ago, when markets went through a slump, shares staged a remarkable comeback, fuelling the returns in member portfolios.
For the year, Equip MySuper, our broadly diversified default option, returned 13.1%. Notably, compared with peers, Equip nabbed a top spot for excellence over the last decade. According to a SuperRatings report, the Balanced Growth option, which preceded MySuper as the default option, closed out in the top 10 of all balanced funds in Australia, providing members a 8.3% return per annum.
The quarter saw progress, as one of the main political risks that weighed heavily on sentiment was avoided. Tariffs by the US on China were schedule to increase mid December. However, the announcement of a deal between Washington and Beijing put an end to the escalating rhetoric, providing significant relief to share markets.
Economic indicators generally supported markets during the second quarter of the financial year. The United States in particular showed strength, adding hundreds of thousands of jobs late in the year, and restored faith among investors that a slump was not imminent. Interest rates remained low, further bolstering investor confidence; the Reserve Bank of Australia lowered the cash rate to 0.75% in October.
While Australian and overseas shares were the main drivers of returns, property, bonds, cash, infrastructure and our allocation to alternatives all contributed to overall performance.
Low inflation, moderate economic growth, cheap borrowing costs for businesses and consumers, and low unemployment levels generally provide a positive backdrop for investors. Of course, as always, there’s a list of risks, including ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China and Europe, respectively; the spread of the corona virus, which is impacting productivity and consumer spending not only in China, but elsewhere as well; and the 2020 presidential election in the US, to name but a few.
At this time, we remain more conservatively positioned than many super funds. We maintain an underweight to shares and fixed income assets, while holding slightly more alternatives and cash than usual. While this position might yield lower returns over shorter periods of time, it has traditionally served us well when market strength eventually starts to wane.
This information is provided for general information only. It does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and should therefore not be taken as personal advice. You should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it and, if necessary, you should seek professional financial advice. Togethr Trustees Pty Ltd ABN64 006 964 049, AFSL246383 ("Togethr") is the trustee of the Equipsuper Superannuation Fund ABN 33 813 823 017 ("Equip" or "The Fund").