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  • Me bank

    Me bank

    A low cost banking
    solution

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  • Our people,  our Vision

    Our people,
    our Vision

    We're meeting our
    members and
    sharing their
    stories

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  • Climate  Action 100+

    Climate
    Action 100+

    We're proud to be one of the global investors
    engaging the world’s largest emitting
    companies to act on climate change.

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  • A better insurance experience for you

    A better insurance
    experience for you

    From 1 January 2018, your insurance with us
    is moving to MLC Life Insurance, with premiums
    locked in for the next three years.

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  • How to be a  super woman

    How to be a
    super woman

    Vision Super member, Melinda
    tells us how she is taking
    control of her financial future.

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Following a number of years of strong returns, the 2015 – 2016 financial year brought a more modest performance, with most member investment options delivering single-digit returns.

Vision Super navigated difficult markets to deliver a seventh straight year of positive returns for members of the Balanced Growth investment option, returning 2.73% for accumulation members, and 2.96% to pension members - due to the more favourable tax treatment.

Performance was driven by weaker share market returns as investors focussed on the increasing risks to China’s growth, fragility in the global economy, and the decision by UK voters to leave the European Union.

This outlook hurt Australian resource stocks with ongoing price weakness in commodities. Internationally, the US and UK markets were relatively flat, while Japan, Europe and emerging markets posted materially negative returns. 

Vision Super’s premixed investment options benefited from the diversifying assets held. Defensive assets such as government bonds provided reasonable returns, while the property and infrastructure portfolios performed well.

In line with our expectations (and as discussed in our 2015 Annual Report), we noted that central banks around the globe have supported economic growth over recent years by setting very low interest rates and other stimulatory measures, which has led to positive growth and rising prices in asset markets. However, while this has boosted returns achieved, we expect lower returns going forward.

Looking out to the year ahead, investment conditions are likely to remain difficult, but as always, we will do everything we can to gain strong, long-term, risk-adjusted returns for our members.

If you would like to see our most recent returns, please visit www.visionsuper.com.au/investments.

 

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