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Ethically Minded

August 05 2021

Strategic asset allocations

As at 11 January 2021
(asset allocation ranges are shown in brackets)

Australian shares 26.0% (15-50%)
International shares 34.0% (15-50%)
Property 5.0% (0-20%)
Infrastructure 0.0% (0-20%)
Alternative strategies 5.0% (0-20%)
Multi-asset strategies 10.0% (0-20%)
Credit 0.0% (0-20%)
Defensive Fixed Income 15.0% (0-30%)
Cash 5.0% (0-20%)

Suitability: This option may be suitable if you are interested in long term capital growth, can accept short term volatility and are seeking an investment return that excludes some investments on ethical grounds.
Objective* for Accumulation Plan Beneficiary Account & Working Income Stream: To provide a return of 3.5% p.a. after fees and taxes above the rate of inflation over a 10 year period. 
Objective* for Retirement Income Stream: To provide a return of 4.0% p.a. after fees above the rate of inflation over a 10 year period. 
Minimum suggested
investment timeframe:
10 years
Risk band#: 6 - HIGH
Estimated number
of negative
annual returns#:
4 to less than 6 over any 20 year period

Investment option performance

Our annual returns page shows the annual and long-term average returns for this option listed by product.


* The investment objectives are not a promise or guarantee of any particular benefit. They represent a benchmark against which the Board monitors the performance of the investments of the Fund.

# The standard risk measure is based on industry guidance to allow members to compare investment options that are expected to deliver a similar number of negative annual returns over any 20 year period. The standard risk measure is not a complete assessment of all forms of investment risk, for instance it does not detail what the size of a negative return could be or the potential for a positive return to be less than a member may require to meet their objectives. Further, it does not take into account the impact of administration fees and tax on the likelihood of a negative return. Members should still ensure they are comfortable with the risks and potential losses associated with their chosen investment option(s).

Note: The Ethically Minded option is a single manager option currently managed on behalf of ESSSuper by Pendal Fund Services Limited.