Experiences of current and former members of self-managed superannuation funds

SAGE Publications
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Journal Article
Australian Journal of Management, 2021, 46, (2), pp. 304-325
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We surveyed 854 current and 147 former members of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) in 2016. The results of our survey document their aspirations, operational practices and experiences. Both current and former members expressed high general interest in superannuation, but ‘detractors’ of SMSFs outnumbered ‘promoters’. SMSF members said they enjoy ‘control’ of investment, but a majority delegated tasks to financial professionals. Three times as many members rated the performance of their fund as above the SMSF average as below, although most did not measure the performance of their fund adequately. The probability of closing a SMSF is significantly higher if members use net returns, rather than other indicators such as account balance, to judge performance. JEL Classification: H55, H75, J32
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