Plan It

Now that you've found your super and picked your fund, it's time to talk about investing. One of the first things we look at when investing is our risk profile.

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What is a risk profile?

Ask your current fund

A risk profile looks at how willing you are to take risks when investing, with the goal of getting higher return. If you get worried about seeing your money go down when the stock market crashes, you could have a lower risk appetite.

Risk Profile

Based on age 60, how long do you have left until retirement?
Which one of these statements reflects who you would feel about your investment?
Inflation means that the cost of living goes up by about 2% per year. How would you like your investment to perform in relation to inflation?
Would you be interested investing in shares?

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Different Types of Investing

There are different ways that you can have your super fund invest your money. It all depends on your age and how much risk you like to take.

Cash is said to be the “safe” investment because you don’t lose your money. But as you can see from the information above, it doesn’t make you a lot of money either.

Experts say that when you are younger you can afford to be more risky with your investments because you have a long time to wait for the stock market to recover when it goes down. They also say that when you are getting closer to your retirement age, you should be less risky because you don’t want to lose half your money in the stock market the year that you decide to retire.

However, even if you are young and the stock market makes you nervous, it may be a good idea to invest in something that doesn’t fluctuate as much so you don’t feel stressed watching the stock market on the news all the time.

Below is an outline of how much you might have in each investment depending on what type of investor you are.
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Aunt Viv says that to be a good investor, you should know your investing style. Which one sounds more like you? Defensive, balanced or aggressive?
This is for someone who doesn't like taking risk with their money. This will have consistent but low returns but is ideal for someone wanting to access super within five years.
For someone who likes to have a range of different investments. It does have a bit of volatility, but usually has higher average returns.
Comes with higher risk but also higher returns. Ideal for someone who isn't worried about risk and has a very long time before they need to access their super.


Putting it in a term deposit with a bank that pay interest.


Buying bonds from governments and big companies across the world.


Buying property like shopping centres, offices in the city, or hotels.


Buying ownership in companies like banks through the stock exchange.

Returns increase
– but so does the risk

$10,000 in cash in 1989 would be worth $51,896 in 2019 - earnings 5.6% per year.
$10,000 in shares in 1989 would be worth $146,337 in 2019 – earning 9.4% per year.

Ask your fund

You can either log in to your fund online or contact them to have your investments changed so they suit you. Chances are that your fund will set a default investment style of “balanced” if you haven’t contacted them in the past. 

Other options to plan for your super

You may be able to reduce the amount of tax you pay by making what is called a concessional (tax adavantage) contribution to your super. This is capped at $27,500 per year. If you get a lump sum and want to put more money in your super, you can do what’s called a non-concessional (no tax advantage) contribution. Click the links below to learn more about this from the Australian Tax Office website

Concessional Contributions

Non-Concessional Contributions

If you earn less than $37,500 per year, you may be entitled to a payment from the government of up to $500 per year. Click the link below to learn more about this from the Australian Tax Office website.

Low Income Contributions

If you’re confident with investing, you have the option of managing your own super by creating a Self Managed Super Fund. It doesn’t mean that you can access your super any earlier, it just means that you manage your own investments. Click the link below to learn more about self managed super funds from the Australian Tax Office.

Self Managed Super Funds

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