Vanguard Launches Australian Pension Fund


 

Vanguard launched a new pension fund, Vanguard Super, in Australia on Nov. 11, less than three months after the investment manager was granted the first new fund license in the country in six years.

The pension fund is debuting with Vanguard Super SaveSmart, an accumulation product that includes a default fund called Lifecycle, as well as a range of index-based diversified and single sector options.

Vanguard is hoping to attract savers by offering lower fees than other Australian pension funds. The company cited analysis it commissioned from accounting firm Deloitte that said the Vanguard Super default option’s yearly fee of 0.58% is the lowest in the Australian superannuation market for participants with balances below A$50,000 ($33,593) and for members 47 years old and younger.

“There remains a lot of variety in how superannuation fees are constructed and communicated to members – making it difficult to truly understand how much they are paying each year,” Vanguard Australia Managing Director Daniel Shrimski said in a statement. “Vanguard Super’s fees are deliberately structured to be transparent and competitive.”

He added that the fund’s fees are presented on a yearly basis and incorporate the investment cost, administration fee and transaction costs–but excludes activity fees and insurance premiums.

According to the Vanguard statement, the pension fund’s default fund adjusts 36 times over the course of a member’s life, without fees, compared with four or five adjustments for the average lifecycle fund. The firm said this is intended to provide age-appropriate asset allocation adjustments for participants and automatic de-risking of their portfolios leading up to and during retirement.

Lifecycle members aged 47 and under default to a diversified portfolio with a higher allocation to growth assets, after which the Lifecycle investment undergoes a series of annual changes that prioritize defensive assets in place of growth assets.. From age 82 on, asset allocation has an even greater emphasis on reduced risk to shield retirement savings from potential volatility.

Shrimski also said Vanguard Super “will soon add a competitive pension offer and digital access for advisers.”

Vanguard Super Investment Options

Yearly Fees* %

Yearly Fees A$ (member with A$50,000 balance)

Yearly Fees A$ (member with A$250,000 balance)

Diversified

 

 

 

Lifecycle

0.58%

A$290

A$1450

Conservative

0.56%

A$280

A$1400

Balanced

0.56%

A$290

A$1400

Growth

0.56%

A$280

A$1400

Ethically Conscious Growth

0.58%

A$290

A$1450

High Growth

0.56%

A$280

A$1400

Single Sector

 

 

 

International Shares

0.58%

A$290

A$1450

Australian Shares

0.58%

A$290

A$1450

International Shares (Hedged)

0.58%

A$290

A$1450

Australian Fixed Interest

0.58%

A$290

A$1450

Global Fixed Interest (Hedged)

0.58%

A$290

A$1450

Cash

0.39%

A$195

A$975

*The yearly fee amount includes the fund investment fee, administration fee and transaction cost and excludes activity fees and insurance premiums
Source: Vanguard

 

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