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SMSFs outperform APRA funds: NAB report

Miranda Brownlee
19 June 2014 — 1 minute read

A NAB analysis has demonstrated SMSFs outperformed APRA-regulated funds between 2005 and 2012.

A Rice Warner analysis of APRA and ATO statistics commissioned by NAB indicates that during the period from 2005 to 2012 SMSFs generated an average annual return of 7.7 per cent compared to the average 4.9 per cent return produced by the rest of the superannuation industry.

Taking fees into account SMSFs produced a return of 6.8 per cent over the eight years compared to 4.1 per cent for the rest of the superannuation industry.


NAB's executive general manager banking and wealth solutions David Gell said the analysis shows that not only have a million Australians chosen to manage their own retirement savings, “they’re actually doing a particularly good job of it”.

“It is clear that SMSFs do rate very well in terms of performance against the other funds, contrary to some perceptions out there,” said Mr Gell.

He said while SMSF trustees are taking responsibility for their own retirement, they are also seeking out and paying for good advice.

“It’s clear that many members and trustees are fully prepared to pay for advice if they believe it’s worth doing so,” he said.

Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee


Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.

Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates. Miranda has also directed SMSF Adviser's print publication for several years. 

Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.

You can email Miranda on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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