Superannuation Fees and Asset Allocation

36 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2016

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Andrew Ainsworth

University of Wollongong - School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

Shumi M. Akhtar

The University of Sydney

Adam James Corbett

The University of Sydney - Discipline of Finance; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Adrian D. Lee

Deakin University - Department of Finance (Property and Real Estate)

Terry S. Walter

University of Sydney; University of Technology, Sydney - School of Finance and Economics; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: July 26, 2016

Abstract

There is considerable debate about the size of fees charged by superannuation funds. This paper investigates both investment fees and administration fees and shows that there are economically valid reasons why most investment fees are set at their current level. Our results show that on average, retail funds are charging both higher investment fees and administration fees than other funds. A defence of higher administration fees can be easily achieved given the opacity that surrounds this fee type. However, it is difficult to justify why investment fees are higher, on average, when the cost (i.e., riskiness) of asset classes is incorporated into our analysis.

Keywords: Superannuation funds, investment fees, administration fees, asset allocation

Suggested Citation

Ainsworth, Andrew and Akhtar, Shumi M. and Corbett, Adam James and Lee, Adrian D. and Walter, Terry Stirling, Superannuation Fees and Asset Allocation (July 26, 2016). CIFR Paper No. 114/2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2814790 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2814790

Andrew Ainsworth (Contact Author)

University of Wollongong - School of Accounting, Economics & Finance ( email )

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Shumi M. Akhtar

The University of Sydney ( email )

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Adam James Corbett

The University of Sydney - Discipline of Finance ( email )

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Adrian D. Lee

Deakin University - Department of Finance (Property and Real Estate) ( email )

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Terry Stirling Walter

University of Sydney ( email )

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Australia

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