2020 has been quite a year and, as we enter the home stretch, it looks like global investment markets have finally run out of steam. Compared to the volatility that we saw at the beginning of the year the past quarter has been relatively subdued.
Share markets have been flat, the surge in tech stocks has slowed and, locally at least, we’ve seen the job market begin to recover.
For members in our Balanced pension option that’s meant slow but steady gains, with the fund returning 2.5% for the quarter. Our Overseas Shares pension option returned 5.6% during the same period. A great result.
Responding to black swans
Despite the better than expected investment returns, the future remains uncertain, as the global economy looks for a path out of lockdown and recession.
This won’t be easy, as we’re seeing a resurgence in coronavirus throughout Europe and the U.S.
At the same time, many of the stimulus packages that were introduced to keep economies afloat are now expiring. The true impact of the pandemic won’t be felt in Australia until banks end their mortgage deferrals and the job keeper subsidies are removed. It’s a similar scenario around the world, and any easing of support is likely to hamper a recovery.
With a vaccine unlikely until 2021, or possibly later, and the impact of the U.S. election anyone’s guess, we’re certainly not out of the woods yet.
So where to from here?
Looking ahead, we expect interest rates to remain very low. Cheap credit provides opportunities for growth. When combined with big spending government budgets we see a potential roadmap for the near future and economic recovery.
That being said, we still have two months left in 2020, ample time for more surprises, in a year that’s already delivered more than its fair share.
Which is why it's important to remember that super is a long-term investment. And if you look back at the last decade you'll find that our Balanced pension option has returned an average 8.7% p.a. over the last 10 years. That means a better retirement for you and your family.
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