I made a bit of hay about the asset allocation of Aussie savers in my post about the bias of the tax system against fixed income. I had in mind the following charts from the OECD’s review of pension fund asset allocation.
The conclusion I drew from these charts is that being overweight equities was a bad decision. Here are the charts I had in mind.
Not only are Aussie funds overwight relative to their peers – they are over benchmark:
To balance things, however, I think it’s worth pointing out that the expected return on an equity portfolio over a long period is greater than the expected return on a defensive portfolio. These charts are from the Australian Cooper review of the superannuation system.
This charts suggests that you are best off in the growth option:
I suppose the relevant question is if the next 40yrs will be like the prior 40yrs. there are reasons to be optimistic (Asian development will increase global GDP by quite a lot) and reasons to be pessimistic (the developed world is highly leveraged and balance sheets remain vulnerable).
Myself, I’m going to invest in inflation linked Aussie State government securities. Real yields around 3% are good enough for me!
these charts aren’t really on topic, but i found them interesting —
fees by asset class (shares have higher fees — so buy an ETF / index fund):
this one is for the geeks — age at death if you live to 65
this last one captures the neccessity of the super system – and also the inevitable crisis for Australian State Government budgets – which will be 100% swamped by health spending inside the next 40yrs. Of course, the Commonwelath will have to take the health system over …