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Bendigo SmartOptions Super

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New fund
Admin fee
$480
Calculated Fees on 50k
$695
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It has been designed for customers who seek greater options, flexibility and control of their superannuation and pension investments. Bendigo SmartOptions offers access to a wide range of investment options including cash, managed funds, term deposits and ASX listed securities, as well as a variety of competitively priced insurance options, including group life cover and access to retail insurance cover. It is generally suited to members who are moving up, looking to retire or in retirement.
Bendigo SmartOptions Super is a sub-plan of The Bendigo Superannuation Plan which was established in 1988. The Bendigo SmartOptions product range includes a superannuation and pension product designed to provide members with flexibility to actively manage their super investment.Bendigo SmartOptions offers an investment menu of 11 diversified options, a cash option, a range of managed funds including annuity funds, as well as a Direct Investment Option which provides access to Direct Equities on the S&P/ASX 200 and term deposits. The Balanced Index option underperformed the relevant SuperRatings Index over the 3 years to 30 June 2018.Fees are lower than the industry average across all account balances assessed, although a minimum $480 administration fee applies. There are no switching fees or exit fees, although a buy-sell spread may apply.Bendigo SmartOptions Super's insurance offering allows eligible members to apply for an unlimited amount of Death cover and up to $5 million of TPD cover. Members can also apply to increase cover following the occurrence of a prescribed Life Event without additional underwriting. Income Protection with a benefit period of 2 years, 5 years or to age 65, covering up to 85% of salary, is available following a 30, 60 or 90 day waiting period.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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Fees & fund features

Admin fee
Admin fee
$480
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0.00%
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Indirect Cost Ratio (%)
Exit fee
Exit fee
$0
Financial planning service
Financial planning service
Credit cards
Credit cards
Insurance life event increases
Insurance life event increases
Investment fee
Investment fee
0.43%
Account size discount
Account size discount
Health insurance
Health insurance
Binding nominations
Binding nominations
Anti-detriment payments
Anti-detriment payments
Switching fee
Switching fee
$0
Employer size discount
Employer size discount
Home loans
Home loans
Non-lapsing binding nominations
Non-lapsing binding nominations
Long term income protection
Long term income protection
Admin fee
Admin fee
$480
Administration fee (%)
Administration fee (%)
0.00%
Indirect Cost Ratio (%)
Indirect Cost Ratio (%)
Exit fee
Exit fee
$0
Financial planning service
Financial planning service
Credit cards
Credit cards
Insurance life event increases
Insurance life event increases
Investment fee
Investment fee
0.43%
Account size discount
Account size discount
Health insurance
Health insurance
Binding nominations
Binding nominations
Anti-detriment payments
Anti-detriment payments
Switching fee
Switching fee
$0
Employer size discount
Employer size discount
Home loans
Home loans
Non-lapsing binding nominations
Non-lapsing binding nominations
Long term income protection
Long term income protection
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FAQs

You can withdraw your superannuation when you meet the ‘conditions of release’. The conditions of release say you can claim your super when you reach:

  • Age 65
  • Your ‘preservation age’ and retire
  • Your preservation age and begin a ‘transition to retirement’ while still working

The preservation age – which is different to the pension age – is based on date of birth. Here are the six different categories:

Date of birth Preservation age
Before 1 July 1960 55
1 July 1960 – 30 June 1961 56
1 July 1961 – 30 June 1962 57
1 July 1962 – 30 June 1963 58
1 July 1963 – 30 June 1964 59
From 1 July 1964 60

A transition to retirement allows you to continue working while accessing up to 10 per cent of the money in your superannuation account at the start of each financial year.

There are also seven special circumstances under which you can claim your superannuation:

  • Compassionate grounds
  • Severe financial hardship
  • Temporary incapacity
  • Permanent incapacity
  • Superannuation inheritance
  • Superannuation balance under $200
  • Temporary resident departing Australia

 

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