Aim: Although the guaranteed superannuation system is believed by many to provide a safe and adequate source of funds in retirement, some will be unpleasantly surprised. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the significant effect of the economic cycle on the final accumulated balance in superannuation retirement accounts. Method: A Monte Carlo simulation is used to illustrate the variance in outcomes that can be expected for a hypothetical individual. Results: The expected accumulated superannuation balances for two hypothetical individuals are estimated. The spread of outcomes is used to illustrate the problem of using only the mean of the distribution as a predictor of wealth in the retirement years. Conclusions: Many retirees rely on superannuation to fund their retirement. However regular contributions to superannuation does not ensure a predictable outcome, and active management of contributions is required if retirement goals are to be met.
Field of Research
150205 Investment and Risk Management
Socio Economic Objective
919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
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