Investment update

2020 has been quite a year and, as we enter the home stretch, it looks like global investment markets have finally run out of steam. Compared to the volatility that we saw at the beginning of the year the past quarter has been relatively subdued.

Share markets have been flat, the surge in tech stocks has slowed and, locally at least, we’ve seen the job market begin to recover.

For members in our Balanced option that’s meant slow but steady gains, with the fund returning 2% for the quarter. Our Overseas Shares option returned 4.9% during this same period.

But it's the long-term numbers that count, and as the table below shows, members in our Balanced option have seen average returns of more than 7.7% p.a. over the past decade.

Investment Performance
Catholic Super comparison to September 30 2020*


1 Year
5 Year P.A.
10 Year P.A.
Catholic Super
(Balanced - MySuper)
0.19% 7.10% 7.73%
SR50 Balanced
(60-76%) Index
-(0.86)% 6.37% 7.14%
*SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey

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Responding to black swans

Despite the better than expected investment returns, the future remains uncertain, as the global economy looks for a path out of lockdown and recession. 

This won’t be easy, as we’re seeing a resurgence in coronavirus throughout Europe and the U.S.

At the same time, many of the stimulus packages that were introduced to keep economies afloat are now expiring. The true impact of the pandemic won’t be felt in Australia until banks end their mortgage deferrals and the job keeper subsidies are removed. It’s a similar scenario around the world, and any easing of support is likely to hamper a recovery.

With a vaccine unlikely until 2021, or possibly later, and the impact of the U.S. election anyone’s guess, we’re certainly not out of the woods yet.

Looking forward

So where to from here?

Looking ahead, we expect interest rates to remain very low. Cheap credit provides opportunities for growth. When combined with big spending government budgets we see a potential roadmap for the near future and economic recovery.

That being said, we still have two months left in 2020; ample time for more surprises, in a year that’s already delivered more than its fair share.

Which is why it's important to remember that super is a long-term investment. The good news is we've averaged returns of 7.7% per annum for our Balanced option over the past decade. That's a great result for our members, and a better retirement for you and your family. 

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Any figures quoted are correct at the time of writing but may be subject to change.

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