June 5, 2023 | 4 min read
Summary: We explore the pros and cons of sticking with the same super fund to help you decide what’s best for you.
Whether to stick with your existing super fund or switch to a new one, is one of the many decisions you need to make when starting a new job.
While there are benefits to sticking with the same super fund, such as maintaining your existing investment strategy and insurance cover, there are also potential drawbacks.
In this article, we explore the pros and cons of sticking with the same fund to help you decide what’s best for you.
In November 2021, the Federal Government brought in super stapling reforms to prevent people from acquiring a new account every time they start a new job and having multiple super accounts—this can cost you heavily in fees.
As part of these reforms, your existing super account will now follow you as you change jobs, unless you specifically request to move to another fund. For example, your new employer may give you access to a corporate super plan that has lower fees or a more competitive insurance offering.
If you’re happy with your current investment options and have seen good returns over the long-term, sticking with the same fund may help ensure your retirement savings continue to grow in line with your long-term goals and objectives.
Many super funds offer insurance cover as part of their membership, such as life insurance, total and permanent disability and income protection.
By sticking with your existing fund, you may be able to keep paying low premiums which may not be available elsewhere.
Through your insurance cover, you may also have access to health, wellness and recovery programs at no additional cost.
For example, MLC Life insurance members can access Vivo which provides specialist care for mental health, cancer and pain as well as assistance to get back on track after illness or injury.
Many super funds offer member benefits which are discounts you can access on products and services—MLC offers potential savings of $1200 per year—as well as wellbeing programs.
Changing super funds may mean you lose access to some of these benefits.
If you value the experience of experts, many funds offer general financial advice to members at no extra cost.
Financial coaches can also help you with other aspects of your financial life such as savings, insurance, tax, debt—while keeping you on track to achieve your goals. This may include areas like:
Changing super funds may mean you lose access to financial coaching which could greatly benefit you.
Some super funds offer more investment options so you can choose where your money’s invested, depending on what aligns with your values and risk tolerance. Otherwise, you can leave it up their investment experts to invest on your behalf.
Many funds offer educational content that is simple to understand and interactive.
This information provides helpful tips and insights about super, retirement or investing as well as tools and calculators so you can make more informed decisions when it comes to managing your money.
Super fund performance can vary significantly from year to year, and some funds consistently outperform others. By switching to a fund with a better track record of performance, you may be able to boost your retirement savings over the long term.
You may be paying higher fees and charges than you need to.
Super funds charge a range of fees, including administration fees, investment fees, and insurance premiums. By switching to a new fund, you could access lower fees which can result in higher returns.
Each super fund offers its own range of investment options, which may include shares, property, cash, and fixed interest.
By switching super funds, you may be able to access different investment options that better suit your investment goals and the level of risk you’re most comfortable with taking on. For example, you may find a fund that has a greater focus on sustainable investment options, if this is important to you.
Over time, your insurance needs may change so the cover provided by your current super fund may no longer be sufficient.
But before making any changes, check the eligibility requirements or age limits that apply.
Bottom line: sticking with the same super fund does have advantages, but if it’s not delivering what you need, then it may be time to make the necessary changes to ensure you’re getting the best possible return on your investment.
As one of the largest super providers in Australia,* we’re focused on delivering competitive returns, so your money continues to grow. When it comes to support, we go the extra mile— providing general super advice at no additional cost.
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This article has been prepared by NULIS Nominees (Australia) Limited ABN 80 008 515 633 AFSL 236465 (NULIS) as trustee of the MLC Super Fund ABN 70 732 426 024. NULIS is part of the Insignia Financial group of companies comprising Insignia Financial Ltd ABN 49 100 103 722 and its related bodies corporate (‘Insignia Financial Group’). The information in this article is current as at November 2023 and may be subject to change. This information may constitute general advice. The information in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider obtaining independent advice before making any financial decisions based on this information. It is recommended that you consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Target Market Determination (TMD) before you make any decisions about your superannuation. You can obtain the latest copy of the PDS (or other disclosure documents) and TMD by calling us on 132 652 or by searching for the applicable product at mlc.com.au. You should not rely on this article to determine your personal tax obligations. Please consult a registered tax agent for this purpose. Opinions constitute our judgement at the time of issue. The case study examples (if any) provided in this article have been included for illustrative purposes only and should not be relied upon for decision making. Subject to terms implied by law and which cannot be excluded, neither NULIS nor any member of the Insignia Financial Group accept responsibility for any loss or liability incurred by you in respect of any error, omission or misrepresentation in the information in this communication.