Almost half of trustees changing portfolios ‘significantly’
A recent survey found 46 per cent of SMSF trustees have “significantly changed” their asset allocation in the past 12 months in light of share market volatility.
The research, from AMP Capital and Investment trends, also found 30 per cent of SMSF trustees are seeking to diversify their portfolio, with a further 30 per cent taking a more defensive strategy.
Reduced confidence in the Australian share market appears to be a core driver of the change, with 25 per cent of trustees saying they negatively view Australian shares, compared to only 11 per cent in 2015.
However, while adopting a new investment approach is a focus, trustees are spending an average of only 3.4 hours per month researching and selecting their SMSF investments, a decline of eight per cent compared to 2015.
“We’re seeing an increasing number of trustees wanting investment options that improve their fund’s diversification. However, 83 per cent of investors say they face difficulty managing their SMSF, including a lack of time to research and select the right investments,” said AMP Capital’s head of self-directed wealth and SMSF, Tim Keegan.
“Our research found that 61 per cent of trustees are open to seeking professional advice, which has increased from 46 per cent in 2015,” he added.
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.