Financial year 2018 was another great year for your super, with outstanding returns no matter what investment option you’re in.

Performance highlights

All super options delivered strong returns for the year to 30 June 2018, easily beating their targets. Don’t take our word for it, independent ratings agency SuperRatings listed our Growth option as one of their 15 top-performing funds for the year.

One year and five year returns to 30 June 2018
  • One year
  • Five years per annum

As Glidepath was established on 1 October 2015, only one year returns are shown for these options. Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance.

But, as always, it’s the long-term results that really count. Our safety first approach is designed to protect and grow your money for years to come, so you can be confident you’re building the foundations for the life after work you’ve always wanted. See how this approach is working over longer timeframes.

How these results were achieved

Taking advantage of global opportunities while weathering the storms

Driving this year’s results were solid returns in global markets. Our continued preference for international shares paid off, with our global shares portfolio returning 14.4%, compared to 11.4% from our Australian shares portfolio.

Private markets shoot the lights out

The real performance standouts were from investments held in our real assets portfolio. Investments in Asian renewable energy infrastructure and timberland assets in Australia produced outstanding results.

Our infrastructure portfolio earned an impressive 25.1%, while our holdings in Australian timberland returned 17.4% since our original investment in August 2017.

One year asset class returns to 30 June 2018
  • One year asset class returns

Returns have been adjusted for estimated foreign exchange impacts where relevant. Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance.

A positively eventful year

If you watch the market, you’ll know these results were achieved against a backdrop of considerable uncertainty. In the US, markets initially surged ahead, encouraged by the Trump administration’s success in passing tax cuts worth US$1.5 trillion over 10 years. But that surge came to a halt in early-2018 as investors became concerned about trade tensions between the US and its global trading partners.

In Europe, these trade concerns were exacerbated by ongoing political turmoil. There were inconclusive elections, which left Italy without a government for three months, and Brexit negotiations plodded along with no clear end in sight. In the last quarter of financial year 2018, emerging markets suffered from a rapidly rising US dollar, reducing their attractiveness to US investors and making it harder for cash-strapped governments to repay dollar-denominated debt.

Looking beyond this noise, the long term global economic outlook remains fairly positive. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects global growth of 3.9% for 2018 and 2019, with the Australian economy forecast to grow 3.0% and 3.1%.

Investing for your future

Rest assured, your money will continue to be invested in long term, high quality, value for money investments. We believe a balanced approach to taking investment risk is the responsible way to deliver attractive returns over time so you can look forward with confidence to a fantastic retirement.

Latest investment news

Quitting investment in tobacco

Qantas Super is no longer investing in tobacco manufacturing. We are currently selling the small holdings we own.

A tidy $200m for our members

Qantas Super has reaped a whopping $200 million from the recent historic sale of the Asian renewable energy company, Equis. This money will all go into your super – you’ll see it through higher investment returns.

Change to Cash investment option

From 4 April 2018, the Cash investment option will be invested solely into a bank account with ANZ Bank – meaning a slightly higher rate of return compared to historical returns generated by the Cash investment option.

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.

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