International Shares (Super)

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Investment option type Sector
Member suitability Suits members who want to invest in a specific asset class and are comfortable with the value of their investments fluctuating.
Performance objective* To achieve returns (after Fund taxes and investment expenses, before deducting account-based fees) that are at least 4.5% p.a. more than inflation (CPI) over the suggested time frame.
Investment strategy To invest in a diversified portfolio of securities (including but not limited to) international shares.
Suggested investment time frame Minimum of seven years
Expected frequency of negative annual return Four to less than six in 20 years
Summary risk level High
Option size# $682.7 million (as at 31 May 2020)
Total fees and costs (%) 0.64

* Performance objectives are not promises or predictions of any particular rate of return.
# Size of both accumulation and pension assets.

Option Performance (% p.a.)1

Vs Objective

As of 31 Mar 2020

International Shares Option CPI + 4.5% Outperformance
7 years 12.2 6.4 5.8

VS Peers

As of 31 May 2020

International Shares Option SuperRatings Median Outperformance
1 Month 3.79 3.08 0.71
3 Months -0.49 -1.88 1.39
FYTD 5.94 3.46 2.48
1 Year 12.19 7.78 4.41
3 Years 9.17 7.33 1.84
5 Years 8.68 7.04 1.64
7 Years 12.35 10.77 1.58
10 Years 11.29 10.04 1.25

Periods less than a year are not annualised

Option Performance ($)2

Strategic asset allocation (%)3

Last updated on 1 September 2014

Major Holdings4

By value (descending order) as at 31 May 20205

Apple Inc
Microsoft Corp
JPMorgan Chase & Co
Alphabet Inc
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd
Facebook Inc
Bank of America Corp
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Inc
Visa Inc
Tencent Holdings Ltd
Mastercard Inc
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
Johnson & Johnson
Unitedhealth Group Inc
Citigroup Inc
Wells Fargo & Co
ASML Holding NV
Servicenow Inc
Merck & Co Inc
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc

Countries Exposure

United Kingdom
South Korea

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1 Past performance is not an indicator of future performance. Option returns are calculated net of investment expenses and Fund taxes but are gross of account-based fees. Due to rounding, excess return may not equate to the difference between option return and median return. The SuperRatings data is based on the SuperRatings survey for the relevant period and does not take into account any subsequent revisions or corrections made by SuperRatings.

2 Past performance is not an indicator of future performance. This graph shows the growth of $10,000 invested in this option over the period illustrated net of investment expenses and fund taxes but gross of account-based fees. No adjustments have been made to reflect the impact of inflation.
Note that the graph uses interim daily crediting rates and does not reflect the final crediting rates which are used to calculate option performance in the table above.

3 The strategic asset allocation may change and may be altered by the trustee from time to time to suit prevailing market circumstances. Actual allocation will deviate from their targets, but are monitored so they are kept within a range approved by the Trustee.

4 These holdings may change from time to time. The above holdings are the outcome of various strategies applied by UniSuper and by a range of investment managers taking into account a variety of considerations, many of which are specific to UniSuper and superannuation funds in general. The above lists are published for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation or endorsement of any of the companies listed, for inclusion in your personal portfolio. Before selecting companies to invest in personally, you should seek professional financial advice that takes into account your personal circumstances and investment objectives. Value includes direct holdings only and does not include exposures from indirect holdings.

5 Value includes direct holdings only and does not include exposures from indirect holdings.

This information is of a general nature only and does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. You should read the product disclosure statement and booklets relevant to your membership category, consider the appropriateness of the information having regard to your personal circumstances and consider consulting a licensed financial adviser before making an investment decision based on information contained in this document.