Academic Paper | Understanding self-managed super fund performance

The SMSF Association engaged the University of Adelaide to examine the overall financial performance of self-managed super funds (SMSFs) compared to APRA-regulated funds.

This joint research venture is based on financial statement data from over 318,000 SMSFs for the period 2017 to 2019. This is a significant sample as it represents more than 50% of all existing SMSFs. 

The research establishes a new threshold to which an SMSF becomes competitive, showcasing that an SMSF may be a suitable option for individuals with lower superannuation balances than previously imagined.

This is the full research report compiled for the SMSF Association by the International Centre for Financial Services, The University of Adelaide and prepared by George Mihaylov BMa&CompSc(Stat) BFin(Hons) PhD Adel and Ralf Zurbruegg BSc(Econ) LSE, MSc PhD Manc.

With research assistance from Dessie Ambaw PhD Adel and recognition of data support from BGL Corporate Solutions and Class Limited.

Understanding self-managed super fund performance

Academic Paper

At the time of publishing, the contents of this resource were accurate and correct.

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