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What the Researchers Say:

A "good value for money" superannuation fund that is strong in nearly all assessment areas but with average features and/or performance in one or more of our assessment criteria.

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

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Awards
Fund data valid as of April 30, 2016

Typical Fees

Balance This Fund Industry Average Difference
5k $102 $152 -$50
50k $430 $614 -$184
100k $795 $1,133 -$338

Investment Allocation

Intl shares 24.0%
Aus shares 28.0%
Property 10.0%
Alternative 10.0%
Fixed interest 15.0%
Cash 3.0%
Other 10.0%

Fees & Charges

Administration Fee ($) $65
Administration Fee (%) 0.10%
Investment Fee 0.63%
Switching Fee $30
Exit Fee $65.79
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 108,466
Total Assets $4,335,688,078
Year Started 2005
Target Market Printing/Media/Entertainment
Offered to Public? Yes
Fund Type Industry-Personal

Fund Highlights - provided by Media Super Personal Account

Low fees
Choice of 22 investment options & Direct Investment Option
Free limited advice & free super and retirement seminars for members
Interactive and informative website
Flexible insurance arrangements
Business Development Manager workplace visits Australia wide

Investment Option Performance

Asset Allocation Category FYTD FY 2015 FY 2014 FY 2013 FY 2012 FY 2011 Comparison
Balanced 1.99%
1.43%
9.15%
9.60%
12.24%
12.66%
14.70%
14.73%
-0.44%
0.45%
7.78%
8.71%
Fund
Benchmark
High Growth 0.96%
0.30%
11.34%
11.66%
15.84%
15.76%
20.24%
20.40%
-4.05%
-3.15%
7.85%
9.40%
Fund
Benchmark
Conservative Balance 0.62%
1.45%
Fund
Benchmark
Diversified Fixed Interest 2.43%
2.73%
4.00%
3.93%
5.66%
5.52%
4.09%
4.65%
8.10%
8.94%
4.36%
5.65%
Fund
Benchmark
Growth 1.57%
1.01%
9.95%
10.71%
13.36%
14.01%
16.99%
17.11%
-2.11%
-0.95%
7.54%
9.40%
Fund
Benchmark
Australian Shares 1.60%
1.10%
5.92%
5.70%
18.79%
16.77%
20.44%
21.07%
-6.31%
-6.15%
11.09%
11.00%
Fund
Benchmark
Overseas Shares -4.06%
-3.02%
14.30%
19.16%
16.74%
17.63%
23.33%
26.14%
-2.11%
-2.45%
5.86%
5.86%
Fund
Benchmark
Capital Stable 2.25%
2.09%
6.02%
5.66%
7.78%
7.34%
7.38%
8.29%
2.96%
4.06%
5.98%
6.70%
Fund
Benchmark
Property 7.69%
9.58%
6.92%
10.78%
11.86%
9.09%
11.34%
10.99%
7.29%
7.12%
12.85%
8.00%
Fund
Benchmark
Cash 1.69%
1.58%
2.50%
2.25%
2.71%
2.42%
2.97%
2.94%
4.04%
4.04%
4.17%
4.33%
Fund
Benchmark
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  • 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

Media Super is a public offer industry fund, established in 2008 from the merger of Print Super and JUST SUPER. It continues to service members in the print, media, entertainment, arts and creative industries. The Personal division is designed for members wanting to contribute directly to the fund.

Members have access to a variety of Diversified and Single Sector investment strategies, which includes a Sustainable Future Shares option and a SmartPath Lifecycle option. Furthermore, access to Term Deposits, ASX300 Shares and ETFs is provided via the Direct Investment option (Use of the Direct Investment option entails additional costs). The Balanced option has under-performed the SuperRatings Index over the five years to 30 June 2015.

Fees associated with this product are rated as excellent across all assessed account balances. The Asset Administration fee is competitive relative to industry peers. However, transaction fees apply for withdrawals, switches and contribution splitting.

Media Super's new insurance offering from March 2016 provides greater flexibility with a sustainable benefit design. Members can apply for up to $5 million of Death cover, and up to $2 million of TPD cover. Income Protection covers up to 87% of salary (including SG contributions), with a maximum benefit payment of $30,000 per month. Members can also choose from a benefit payment period of 5 years or up to age 65, with a selection of 30, 60 or 90 day waiting periods.

Media Super's interactive website features a wide range of useful resources for members. The Media Centre covers a large array of subjects including education on fundamental superannuation topics, fund bulletins, investment updates and community news.


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