What the Researchers Say:

A "best value for money" superannuation fund. Well balanced across all key assessment criteria in a robust, secure and proven risk framework. The fund provides features that should assist most individuals to meet their retirement savings goals.

You should contact your financial adviser or this fund before making an investment decision.

  • Platinum
  • Infinity Recognised
Fund data valid as of February 29, 2016

Typical Fees

Balance This Fund Industry Average Difference
5k $119 $155 -$36
50k $483 $629 -$146
100k $888 $1,160 -$272

Investment Allocation

Intl shares 21.5%
Aus shares 26.5%
Property 13.0%
Alternative 24.0%
Fixed interest 12.0%
Cash 3.0%

Fees & Charges

Administration Fee ($) $78
Administration Fee (%) 0.10%
Investment Fee 0.71%
Switching Fee $0
Exit Fee $35
Account Size Discount No
Employer Size Discount No

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 721,296
Total Assets $32,400,000,000
Year Started 2009
Target Market Construction & Building
Offered to Public? Yes
Fund Type Industry-Personal

Fund Highlights - provided by Cbus Sole Trader

The major Industry Super fund for people in the building and construction industry.
Established over 30 years ago, run to benefit members.
Offer advice services from single issue to referral for full financial plans.
Cbus directly invests in property through its wholly owned subsidiary company, Cbus Property Pty Ltd.

Fund Rating Snapshot

  • Legend:
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  • Below Average
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Rating Categories Clockwise from top

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.
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 0.69%
High Growth -1.28%
Capital Stable 1.72%
Cash 1.21%
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  • 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

Cbus is a MySuper compliant, public offer fund with roots in the construction, building & allied industries. The Cbus Sole Trader product was established in 2009 to provide a savings product for sole traders in these industries. The fund is also Infinity recognised, reflecting a commitment to ethical and socially responsible investing.

Cbus' Sole Trader product offers an investment menu of 3 Diversified options and a Cash option. Choice members also have access to term deposits, ETFs, S&P/ASX 300 shares, property and infrastructure through Cbus Self Managed. The Growth (Cbus MySuper) option has outperformed the SuperRatings Index over the short and long term.

Cbus' fees and charges are low and are clearly defined with transparent disclosure. No additional fees are charged for switching between standard investment options, although an exit fee applies.

Cbus Sole Trader offers members default Death and Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) cover. Rates are somewhat difficult to compare so care needs to be taken with the guide shown overleaf. Additional cover can be accessed up to a maximum of $5 million for Death and $2 million for TPD. 'Accident Only' Income Protection (IP) is also offered as a default to members aged under 65, with a 60 day waiting period and a 2 year benefit payment period.

Cbus offers members low cost retirement and financial planning services, health insurance, and a free mobile app. The fund has also pleasingly taken an industry leading position in increasing transparency and corporate governance disclosures to members.

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