Information on managing and accessing your super through COVID-19

Market volatility and your super

It’s human nature to feel unsettled when there’s significant volatility in global financial markets, as we’re experiencing now as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). However, volatility is a normal part of investing for the long-term. This article explains why.

Looking beyond the headlines on coronavirus (COVID-19)

It’s important to remember that while newspapers and television news trade in headlines day-by-day (if not hour-by-hour) to garner clicks and viewers, investment markets operate on a long-term basis.

Investment insights: December quarter

Both the Australian and global share markets, along with private equity and timberland, performed particularly well through the December quarter.

Investment insights: September quarter

Each of Qantas Super’s investment options performed well in the September quarter. According to Qantas Super investment manager Chris Grogan, bonds and ‘real’ assets including property infrastructure, agriculture, and timber performed well through this period.

What is a good investment return for your super?

Put simply, a return is the money made on an investment over a particular period of time, or how much you get back on top of what you put in. An investor will generally put money into an investment because they expect some kind of return; that’s where we get the term ‘return on investment’ from.

Investment insights: July quarter

According to Qantas Super investment manager Chris Grogan, both Australian and global share markets performed well through this period, contributing to healthy returns for each of Qantas Super’s investment options for the year and three years to 30 June 2019.

Change to Cash investment option

From 4 April 2018, the Cash investment option will be invested solely into a bank account with ANZ Bank.

This change will mean a slightly higher rate of return compared to historical returns generated by the Cash investment option.  ANZ will pay interest on the cash held in the account at a rate equal to the Reserve Bank of Australia rate plus 0.75% p.a.

Quitting investment in tobacco

Effective immediately, Qantas Super will no longer invest in tobacco manufacturers. We are currently selling the small holdings we own.

In announcing the decision, Chief Investment Officer Andrew Spence said: “Given the negative social costs and health problems associated with smoking, tobacco is at risk of becoming obsolete with growing acknowledgement globally that there is no safe level of usage of the product.

The markets and your super

There’s been lots of coverage about share market performance in the past few days. These movements are a normal part of investing for the long-term. You may find this information useful.

Members move through Glidepath stage

Two groups of members who are invested in Glidepath have moved to their next investment stage. This move between stages takes place when the average age of a membership group reaches a certain age.

Market update for Q1 FY2018

Qantas Super delivered positive performance in the first three months of the 2018 financial year. Here’s what happened in the quarter across global markets.

Investment returns take off in FY2017

Financial year 2017 was a good year for Qantas Super members, with your fund delivering strong returns across the board.