AUSTRALIA - The median superannuation growth fund was up 9.9% in the quarter ended September 30 on the back of strong domestic equity and real estate markets.
Data by consulting firm Chant West showed the median growth fund returned 2.6% in September. Growth funds invest between 61% and 80% to growth assets and are the default funds for most investors.
Australian equities were up 21.6% for the quarter, with local real estate investment trusts up 30.8%.
Despite the positive returns in the third quarter, the strong Australian dollar worked against the performance of many funds.
Principal Warren Chant said: "While share markets around the world have been rising strongly, most super fund members haven't picked up the full benefit because earnings measured in overseas currencies - especially the US dollar - are worth less when converted into Australian dollars.
"Having said that, the currency effect can work both ways. We saw that in the period between end-October 2007 and end-February 2009, when share markets were being battered but the falling Australian dollar provided some cushioning."
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