SMSF investment options
Take control of your super investments
Establishing a self managed super fund (SMSF) places you in control of investing. To invest successfully, you must determine your goals and pick the best investments to help you achieve them. A key SMSF investment advantage is the ability to build a portfolio reflecting your current lifestyle needs, short- and long-term goals, changing circumstances and market conditions.
You can choose to invest in a broad range of asset classes, including:
- Australian and international shares (listed and unlisted)
- residential or commercial property
- cash and term deposits
- fixed income products
- physical commodities
Three steps to SMSF investing
Although every SMSF trustee will have different investment goals, these three areas are important to factor in to your investment considerations:
1. Capital growth: building wealth
Capital growth is an increase in the market value of an investment over time. This area is important if you are seeking long-term investments or if you are managing your life savings as an inheritance asset for future generations. Growth assets typically provide a higher return than defensive assets (like cash) but investors must be prepared to experience higher volatility and potential capital loss.
2. Income generation: earning regular payments
Investing for income involves assets that provide stable income or regular payments (such as interest or dividends). This is important if you are funding lifestyle expenses with your super and investment returns. Income assets typically have little or no growth but offer a steady cash flow and are important to diversification strategies.
3. Capital preservation: protecting wealth
For some investors, protecting their hard-earned savings is the primary goal and therefore they are satisfied with lower returns in exchange for lower risk options (like bonds and term deposits). Preservation of capital is important for retirees who rely on their SMSF for living expenses or have limited time to recover from market losses.
Experience investment control and flexibility
Retail and industry fund trustees make decisions to benefit all members, but with an SMSF you can choose where, when and how much to invest. This provides you with greater control and flexibility. SMSFs also provide a high level of transparency, allowing for deliberate exposure to certain industries, asset classes or ethical investing opportunities.