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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 $413 $709 -$296
250k $1,673 $3,052 -$1,379
500k $3,248 $5,781 -$2,533

Investment Allocation

Intl shares 20.0%
Aus shares 33.0%
Property 7.0%
Fixed interest 30.0%
Cash 10.0%

Fees & Charges

Membership Fee $98
Asset Admin Fee 0.20%
Investment Fee 0.43%
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

Total Assets $631,771,173
Year Started 2013
Target Market
Offered to Public?
Fund Type Master Trust-Allocated Pension

Fund Highlights - provided by Bendigo SmartStart Pension

A low cost, easy to understand and easy to manage superannuation and pension solution that offers a range of simple and convenient investment options and a range of competitively priced group insurance options. It's smart on fees and its lifecycle MySuper investment strategy allows the customer to 'set and forget' their super until it's time to for them to retire by changing a member's risk profile based on their age. Bendigo SmartStart has been designed to meet all stages of a customer's life whether they are starting out, moving up, doing business, looking to retire or in retirement.

Fund Rating Snapshot

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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.

What the researchers say

Bendigo SmartStart Pension is part of The Bendigo Superannuation Plan which was established in 1988. Bendigo SmartStart Pension is an account-based pension which aims to provide a low-cost and easy-to-use solution to help members in retirement or in transition to retirement. A minimum initial investment of $10,000 is required to commence membership.

Bendigo SmartStart Super offers members an investment menu consisting of 10 Diversified options, an Income Fund and a Cash Investment option. As this product was launched in July 2013, no performance data is currently available. Past performance of the fund is not readily available and therefore cannot be accurately measured against the relevant SuperRatings Indices.

The fee structure for Bendigo SmartStart Pension is competitive, with fees lower than the industry average across all account balances assessed. There are no exit fees and members can switch between investment options at no cost.

Bendigo SmartStart Pension offers a good level of flexibility, including 4 pension payment frequencies and an ability to have pension payments adjusted to the CPI or by a certain percentage. Beneficiary options available include binding nominations, as well as reversionary beneficiary, including child nominations.

The Fund offers members access to financial planning services, comprehensive online educational materials and the ability to view account details and perform transactions through the fund's website.


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