Russell Investments

Russell iQ Super - For Life

Past 5-year return
5.32%
Admin fee

$78

Calc fees on 50k

$646

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Gold
Past 5-year return
5.32%
Admin fee

$78

Calc fees on 50k

$646

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Gold

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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Significant member education functions and online learning centre.
  • Extensive investment menu.
  • Flexible insurance options.
  • Flexible insurance options.
  • Specialist general advice call centre team.
  • Unique pension solution combining super, pension and banking.
  • Data mining tool updated daily for better segmentation and client relationship management.

Summary

Russell iQ Super is offered by Russell Investments, a leading global asset manager. Russell iQ Super - For Life is the new name for IQ Super - General after being combined with IQ Super - Personal and IQ Super - Saver in October 2020 and allows employees from all industries to apply for membership.Russell iQ Super offers an investment menu of 8 Diversified options and 14 Single Sector options. A lifecyle option, GoalTracker, was launched in March 2020 and performance data for this option is currently unavailable. The Balanced Growth option outperformed the relevant SR index over the year to 30 June 2020 although it underperformed over the long term.Fees are higher than the industry average across all account balances assessed. The fund does not charge an investment switching fee, although a buy-sell spread may apply.Russell's insurance offering allows eligible members to apply for an unlimited amount of Death cover and up to $3 million of Total Permanent Disability cover. Members can also apply to increase cover following the occurrence of a prescribed Life Event without additional underwriting. Income Protection is available covering up to 75% of salary with a 2-year benefit period following a 90-day waiting period. A range of online tools, calculators and educational resources are available through the fund's website. Further, members can view and update account details, as well as perform transactions through secure online account access.

Features and Fees

Russell Investments Fees and Features

Features

Variety of options

Binding nominations

Account size discount

Online Access

Home loans

Financial planning service

Non-lapsing binding nominations

Employer size discount

Anti-detriment payments

Credit cards

Insurance Cover

Health insurance

Insurance life event increases

Total and permanent disability cover

Long term income protection

Fees

Admin fee

$78

Administration fee (%)

0.29%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.64%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.21%

Exit fee

$0

Pros and Cons

  • Significant member education functions and online learning centre.
  • Extensive investment menu.
  • Flexible insurance options.
  • Flexible insurance options.
  • Specialist general advice call centre team.
  • Unique pension solution combining super, pension and banking.
  • Data mining tool updated daily for better segmentation and client relationship management.

Russell iQ Super is offered by Russell Investments, a leading global asset manager. Russell iQ Super - For Life is the new name for IQ Super - General after being combined with IQ Super - Personal and IQ Super - Saver in October 2020 and allows employees from all industries to apply for membership.Russell iQ Super offers an investment menu of 8 Diversified options and 14 Single Sector options. A lifecyle option, GoalTracker, was launched in March 2020 and performance data for this option is currently unavailable. The Balanced Growth option outperformed the relevant SR index over the year to 30 June 2020 although it underperformed over the long term.Fees are higher than the industry average across all account balances assessed. The fund does not charge an investment switching fee, although a buy-sell spread may apply.Russell's insurance offering allows eligible members to apply for an unlimited amount of Death cover and up to $3 million of Total Permanent Disability cover. Members can also apply to increase cover following the occurrence of a prescribed Life Event without additional underwriting. Income Protection is available covering up to 75% of salary with a 2-year benefit period following a 90-day waiting period. A range of online tools, calculators and educational resources are available through the fund's website. Further, members can view and update account details, as well as perform transactions through secure online account access.

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Russell Investments Fees and Features

Features

Variety of options

Binding nominations

Account size discount

Online Access

Home loans

Financial planning service

Non-lapsing binding nominations

Employer size discount

Anti-detriment payments

Credit cards

Insurance Cover

Health insurance

Insurance life event increases

Total and permanent disability cover

Long term income protection

Fees

Admin fee

$78

Administration fee (%)

0.29%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.64%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.21%

Exit fee

$0
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Past 5-year return
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Admin fee

$78

Company
Russell Investments
Calc fees on 50k

$498

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MySuper Gold
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
5.32%
Admin fee

$78

Company
Russell Investments
Calc fees on 50k

$646

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Gold
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
5.32%
Admin fee

$78

Company
Russell Investments
Calc fees on 50k

$646

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Gold
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
-
Admin fee

$78

Company
Russell Investments
Calc fees on 50k

$516

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MySuper Gold
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
5.32%
Admin fee

$78

Company
Russell Investments
Calc fees on 50k

$628

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Gold
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
5.32%
Admin fee

$78

Company
Russell Investments
Calc fees on 50k

$628

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Gold
Go to site
More details

FAQs

What contributions can SMSFs accept?

SMSFs can accept mandated employer contributions from an employer at any time (Funds need an electronic service address to receive the contributions).

However, SMSFs can’t accept contributions from members who don’t have tax file numbers.

Also, they generally can’t accept assets as contributions from members and they generally can’t accept non-mandated contributions for members who are 75 or older.

How is superannuation regulated?

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) regulates ordinary superannuation accounts. Self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) are regulated by the Australian Taxation Office.

Can my employer use money from my superannuation account?

No, your employer can’t touch the money that is paid into your superannuation account.

How do you pay superannuation?

Superannuation is paid by employers to employees. Employers are required to pay superannuation to all their staff if the staff are:

  • Over 18 and earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month
  • Under 18, work more than 30 hours per week and earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month

This applies even if the staff are casual employees, part-time employees, contractors (provided the contract is mainly for their labour) or temporary residents.

Currently, the superannuation rate is currently 9.5 per cent of an employee’s ordinary time earnings. This is scheduled to rise to 10.0 per cent in 2021-22, 10.5 per cent in 2022-23, 11.0 per cent in 2023-24, 11.5 per cent in 2024-25 and 12.0 per cent in 2025-26.

Employers must pay superannuation at least four times per year. The due dates are 28 January, 28 April, 28 July and 28 October.

How do you calculate superannuation?

Superannuation is calculated at the rate of 9.5 per cent of your gross salary and wages. So if you had a salary of $50,000, your superannuation would be 9.5 per cent of that, or $4,750. This would be paid on top of your salary.

The ‘superannuation guarantee’, as it is known, has been at 9.5 per cent since the 2014-15 financial year. It is scheduled to rise to 10.0 per cent in 2021-22, 10.5 per cent in 2022-23, 11.0 per cent in 2023-24, 11.5 per cent in 2024-25 and 12.0 per cent in 2025-26.

Can I take money out of my superannuation fund?

Superannuation is designed to provide Australians with money in their retirement. The government has strict rules around when people can take that money out of their fund because it wants to prevent people eroding their savings before they reach retirement.

As a general rule, you can only take money out of your superannuation fund when you reach:

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

That said, you can take money out of your superannuation fund early based on one of these seven special conditions:

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

What should I know before getting an SMSF?

Four questions to ask yourself before taking out an SMSF include:

  1. Do I have enough superannuation to justify the higher set-up and running costs?
  2. Am I able to handle complicated compliance obligations?
  3. Am I willing to spend lots of time researching investment options?
  4. Do I have the skill to make big financial decisions?

It’s also worth remembering that ordinary superannuation funds usually offer discounted life insurance and disability insurance. These discounts would no longer be available if you decided to manage your own super.

How much extra superannuation can I add to my fund?

There is an annual limit of $25,000 for concessional contributions – that is, money paid by your employer and extra money you pay into your account through salary sacrificing. There is also a limit on non-concessional contributions. Australians aged between 65 and 74 have a limit of $100,000 per year. Australians aged under 65 have a limit of $300,000 every three years.

When can I access my superannuation?

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

 

What are reportable superannuation contributions?

For employees, there are two types of reportable superannuation contributions:

  • Reportable employer super contributions your employer makes for you
  • Personal deductible contributions you make for yourself

How do you access superannuation?

Accessing your superannuation is a simple administrative procedure – you just ask your fund to pay it. You can access your superannuation in three different ways:

  • Lump sum
  • Account-based pension
  • Part lump sum and part account-based pension

However, please note that your superannuation fund will only be able to make a payout if 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 has 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

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

What will the superannuation fund do with my money?

Your money will be invested in an investment option of your choosing.

Am I entitled to superannuation if I'm a part-time employee?

As a part-time employee, you’re entitled to superannuation if:

  • You’re over 18 and earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month
  • You’re under 18, you work more than 30 hours per week and you earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month

How many superannuation funds are there?

There are more than 200 different superannuation funds.

What are reportable employer superannuation contributions?

Reportable employer superannuation contributions are special contributions that an employer makes on top of the regular compulsory contributions. One example would be contributions made as part of a salary sacrifice arrangement.

What happens if my employer goes out of business while still owing me superannuation?

If your employer collapses, a trustee or administrator or liquidator will be appointed to manage the company. That trustee/administrator/liquidator will be required to pay your superannuation out of company funds.

If the company doesn’t have enough funds, in some cases company directors will be required to pay your superannuation. If the directors still don’t pay, the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) might take legal action on your behalf. However, ASIC might decline to take legal action or might be unsuccessful.

So there might be some circumstances when you don’t receive all the superannuation you’re owed.

What compliance obligations does an SMSF have?

SMSFs must maintain comprehensive records and submit to annual audits.

Can I buy a house with my superannuation?

First home buyers are the only people who can use their superannuation to buy a property. The federal government has created the First Home Super Saver Scheme to help first home buyers save for a deposit. First home buyers can make voluntary contributions of up to $15,000 per year, and $30,000 in total, to their superannuation account. These contributions are taxed at 15 per cent, along with deemed earnings. Withdrawals are taxed at marginal tax rates minus a tax offset of 30 percentage points.

Voluntary contributions to the First Home Super Saver Scheme are not exempt from the $25,000 annual limit on concessional contributions. So if you pay $15,000 per year into the First Home Super Saver Scheme, you have to make sure that you don’t receive more than $10,000 in superannuation payments from your employer and any salary sacrificing.

What are the risks and challenges of an SMSF?

  • SMSFs have high set-up and running costs
  • They come with complicated compliance obligations
  • It takes a lot of time to research investment options
  • It can be difficult to make such big financial decisions

What is a superannuation fund?

A superannuation fund is an institution that is legally allowed to hold and invest your superannuation. There are more than 200 different superannuation funds in Australia. They come in five different types:

  • Retail funds
  • Industry funds
  • Public sector funds
  • Corporate funds
  • Self-managed super funds

Retail funds are usually run by banks or investment companies.

Industry funds were originally designed for workers from a particular industry, but are now open to anyone.

Public sector funds were originally designed for people working for federal or state government departments. Most are still reserved for government employees.

Corporate funds are arranged by employers for their employees.

Self-managed super funds are private superannuation funds that allow people to directly invest their money.