When you (or your employer) put money into your super account, it gets invested for you, aiming to help your super balance grow over the longer term.
This means all Australians with super are investors. In fact, super plays a huge part in the Australian economy. In March 2021 there was over $465 billion of super invested in the Australian share market1.
Who invests your super?
Your super account is overseen by a trustee. Their job is to make sure the super fund is managed in the best interests of its members.
One of their jobs is to select investment managers, who do the investing on your behalf.
Growth on top of growth
A very big part of growing your super savings is known as the compounding effect of investing. It’s really important because any money your super earns through its investments, will be reinvested, aiming to create additional earnings over time.
This means your super balance can grow faster – a bit like a savings snowball effect.
Markets do go up and down, so it’s not always the case, but it’s generally accepted that the longer your super is invested, the more likely you’ll see a bigger super balance.
This chart is a demonstration only and doesn’t reflect actual super investments or their compounding growth. Remember the value of investments may go up and down and you may not get back the amount you invested.
Like an explanation of super investment mix options? Book a complimentary chat with a super coach.
How your AMP super is invested
Super investments can be actively or passively managed. An actively managed fund means active decisions are made about how to invest your money, with the goal of outperforming the market. A passively managed fund aims to match the market. It’s seen as a low-cost way to generate returns over the long-term.
AMP has both options in their investment mix, which are available, depending on the type of super account you have.
For good reason, many people want to make sure their super is being invested ethically.
NM Super, the trustee of AMP Super, considers environmental, social governance and other ethical matters when they assess investment option strategies managed by AMP Capital. They use the AMP Capital ESG and Responsible Investing Philosophy.
Our recent superannuation Annual Members Meeting answered a lot of questions about how AMP manages its investments. Read the questions and answers
Your investment choices
You can decide how you want your super to be invested.
Do it for me
MySuper was introduced by the government as a regulated, low cost investment option for people who don’t choose their own super investments.
Our MySuper option is called AMP MySuper Lifestage investments. Here, your super savings will be actively managed for you according to your age and time to retirement. In other words, younger investors will be invested into higher-growth investment strategies because they have more time until retirement to ride out volatility in the markets. Whereas those approaching retirement, will have their investments more focussed on preserving their money and reducing volatility risk.
- Find out how we invest on our MySuper investment dashboard
Help me do it
You can decide to select your own risk level and take greater control of your super. You can select investments to reflect your preferred approach, including lifestage, active multi-manager, low cost passive and environmentally, socially and governance (ESG) focused options. A financial adviser can offer you advice about investment options and eligible members can also book a complimentary chat with a super coach.
Simple super investment advice
If you're a SignatureSuper member and would like advice about how your super's invested, book a complimentary chat with one of our phone-based advisers.
How to make an investment choice
If you’d like to change your investment choice, switching is easy.
Simply login to My AMP and go to super / investments. You can do this any time. You won’t be charged switching fees, however buy/sell spreads will still be part of the transaction costs.
A financial adviser can offer you advice about investment options.
Otherwise for a general overview of investment options, give us a call, or book a complimentary super health check.
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This information is general only, hasn’t taken your circumstances into account, and is provided by AWM Services Pty Ltd ABN 15 139 353 496 (AWM Services), which is part of the AMP group (AMP).
Products in the Super Directions Fund and the Wealth Personal Superannuation and Pension Fund are issued by N.M. Superannuation Proprietary Limited (N.M. Super) ABN 31 008 428 322 (trustee), which is part of the AMP group (AMP). Before deciding what’s right for you, it’s important to consider your particular circumstances and read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or Terms and Conditions available from AMP at amp.com.au or by calling 131 267. Read AMP’s Financial Services Guide for information about our services, including the fees and other benefits that AMP companies and their representatives may receive in relation to products and services provided to you.
The super coaching session is a super health check and is provided by AWM Services and is general advice only. It does not consider your personal circumstances.
Simple super advice is provided by ipac Securities Limited ABN 30 008 587 595, AFS Licence No. 234656 (IPAC) to eligible members of the Super Directions fund. IPAC is a wholly owned subsidiary of AMP.