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What the Researchers Say:

A "reasonable value for money" fund that is performing well in a number of assessment areas but with average or below average features and/or performance in a number of other areas of our assessment.
You should contact your financial adviser or this fund before making an investment decision.

  • Silver
Awards
Fund data valid as of February 29, 2016

Typical Fees

Balance This Fund Industry Average Difference
50k $960 $709 $251
250k $4,800 $3,052 $1,748
500k $9,600 $5,781 $3,819

Investment Allocation

Intl shares 16.0%
Aus shares 30.0%
Property 7.0%
Alternative 14.0%
Fixed interest 29.0%
Cash 4.0%

Fees & Charges

Membership Fee $0
Asset Admin Fee 0.10%
Investment Fee 1.82%
Switching Fee $0
Exit Fee $0
Account Size Discount No
Employer Size Discount N/A

Fund Features

Financial Planning Service
Health Insurance
Home Loans
Credit Cards
Binding Nominations
Non-lapsing Binding Nominations
Insurance Life Event Increases
Anti-detriment Payments
Long Term Income Protection

About this Fund

Membership 179,570
Total Assets $6,227,000,000
Year Started 1995
Target Market
Offered to Public?
Fund Type Master Trust-Allocated Pension

Fund Highlights - provided by BT Lifetime - Flexible Pension

A selection of over 15 managed investment options offered.
Interactive education online service containing newsletters and videos.
Access to 24 hour internet and telephone transaction services.
No additional charges applied when switching investments.
Members able to select from reversionary pensions, binding or non-binding lump sum death benefits.

Fund Rating Snapshot

  • Legend:
  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Below Average
  • N/A

Rating Categories Clockwise from top

Performance
Performance is based on the past 5 years for their core balanced option
Investment Choices
Points scored on additional benefits to members ie: Home loans, Credit Cards, Health Insurance, Reverse Mortgage, shopping discounts, anti detriment payments and many others
Investment Processes
Points scored on contribution collection, via cheque, cash, Eftpos, Bpay, direct debit and other features
Small Account Fees
Points scored on the fees and charges based on an account size of $5k
Medium Account Fees
Points scored on the fees and charges based on an account size of $50k
Large Account Fees
Points scored on the fees and charges based on an account size of $100k
Death Insurance
Points scored on premium costs and features for Death Insurance ie: Min/Max level of cover, cover available during unpaid, whilst overseas, max age and other features
Death and TPD Insurance
Points scored on premium costs features for Death and TPD Insurance ie: Min/Max level of cover, cover available during unpaid, whilst overseas, max age and other features
Income Protection Insurance
Points scored on premium costs features for Income Protection insurance ie: Min/Max level of cover, cover available during unpaid, whilst overseas, max% on monthly salary, waiting days available and other features
Member Services
Points scored on additional benefits offered to members ie Statement frequency and newsletter communications and other features
Administration Services
Points scored on the fund structure ie switching between investments, selecting regular contributions, nominated beneficiary changes, changing insurance options. For Service features like call centre, adviser services reports and many other features.
Financial Advice
Points scored on features in respect to financial advice facilities offered ie, by phone, internet, face to face, cost of scaled advice and others.
Goverance
Points scored on Trustee structure, number of independent directors , renumeration and proxy voting policy and risk

Score Explanation

Excellent: Score of 75%-100%
Premium performer in this area. Well above benchmark.
Good: Score of 51%-74%
Better than most funds. Above benchmark
Average: Score of 26%-50%
Placed close to benchmark
Below average: Score of below 25%
Not quite up to speed. Lower than benchmark.

Investment Option Performance

Asset Allocation Category FYTD FY 2015 FY 2014 FY 2013 FY 2012 FY 2011 Comparison
Balanced -2.89%
5.36%
8.79%
15.15%
-1.70%
10.31%
Fund
Benchmark
Diversified Fixed Interest 3.57%
2.08%
3.29%
4.29%
4.61%
6.40%
0.63%
4.74%
11.55%
9.58%
3.76%
6.56%
Fund
Benchmark
Growth -4.20%
-2.62%
6.14%
11.50%
9.95%
15.91%
17.43%
19.45%
-3.51%
-1.21%
10.74%
11.20%
Fund
Benchmark
Australian Shares -6.58%
-5.45%
8.77%
6.75%
17.00%
18.31%
22.71%
23.30%
-7.97%
-6.67%
9.91%
12.47%
Fund
Benchmark
Overseas Shares -3.72%
-6.81%
24.56%
20.36%
19.18%
19.88%
33.86%
29.76%
-2.02%
-3.07%
2.06%
7.44%
Fund
Benchmark
Capital Stable -0.60%
0.40%
1.41%
6.35%
4.59%
8.17%
6.96%
9.14%
2.12%
4.79%
7.72%
7.97%
Fund
Benchmark
Property 9.73%
7.57%
18.06%
10.92%
8.56%
10.68%
20.35%
12.91%
9.55%
7.92%
5.15%
11.91%
Fund
Benchmark
Cash 0.46%
1.47%
1.15%
2.61%
0.99%
2.78%
1.65%
3.48%
2.88%
4.76%
3.20%
5.05%
Fund
Benchmark
  • Legend:
  • Outperformed average
  • Underperformed average
  • Negative returns

Annualised figures are the average per year returns of the rated option based on the cumulative returns for the past 5 years to 30/06/2015, past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Performance and fee data is based on the option which is rated by SuperRatings and stated on each product's landing page.

Benchmark investment information - how performance is measured

To ensure comparability for consumers, the RateCity superannuation comparison is based on the asset allocation of each of the MySuper/Pension products, irrespective of the name of the investment option. This methodology allows consumers to compare products on a like for like basis and removes any ambiguities associated with the name of the investment option. For example, an investment option may be classified as growth, however its asset allocation may in fact mean it should be classified as high growth. By using the asset allocation as the dominant identifier, we believe this provides the most robust framework for consumers to compare funds and recognise that this is a consistent approach to that of SuperRatings methodology.

Option Type Percentage of Growth Assets
min-max %
High Growth 91-100%
Growth 77-90%
Balanced 60-76%
Conservative Balanced 41-59%
Capital Stable 20-40%
Secure 0-19%

What the researchers say

BT Lifetime Flexible Pension was established in 1995 by the BT Financial Group, which is part of Westpac. A minimum initial investment of $25,000 is required to be eligible to join this product.

Members have access to an investment menu across a variety of asset classes, risk profiles and individual managers. The BT Balanced option has underperformed the SuperRatings Index over the short and long term.

Fees are high when compared to the industry average across all account balances.

Reasonable pension flexibility is provided by BT Lifetime Flexible Pension. Members can choose from 3 pension payment frequencies, with all pension payments made to the member's bank account on a date specified by the fund. Pension payments can be automatically increased in line with CPI each year.

Financial planning services are accessible to members and the fund's website caters to advisers and members with a range of educational materials, calculators and reporting capabilities. Members also have access to the BT Benefits Now program, which offers discounts on a range of services including travel, entertainment and gym membership.


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