To build an investment portfolio to achieve the stated return objective within the stated risk parameters over the specified timeframe.
Who should invest?
Those who want to maintain some growth, with a lower risk of capital loss than the Balanced or Growth options.
The Conservative option has a bias towards defensive assets, in particular a high weighting towards Cash to minimise short term fluctuations (risk) but some exposure to growth assets for long term growth (return).
Corporate Plus, Personal Plus and TTR income stream members: Outperform CPI + 1% p.a.
For the purpose of setting and measuring the return objective, a time horizon of 10 years has been used.
The recommended investment timeframe for this option is 10 years. Members should consider investing in this option for at least a 3 to 10 year time-horizon. This timeframe provides an indication of the typical length of time over which investments in this option should be expected to be held.
Consistent with its lower return objective, the Conservative option is expected to have the lowest level of short-term investment risk of TelstraSuper’s diversified investment options. This option’s risk characteristics using TelstraSuper’s four measures of investment risk are summarised in the diagrams below:
The Conservative option’s Standard Risk Measure* is for a “low to medium” level of risk expected to generate 1 to less than 2 negative annual returns over any 20 year period.
Long-term strategic investment mix^
31.3% Growth assets
68.7% Defensive assets
Conservative option investment mix and asset ranges
The aim of this information is to provide members with investment objective and strategy details (including investment mix) that we consider members reasonably need to understand the fund's investments and reflect the manner in which objectives and strategies have been formulated by the Trustee pursuant to superannuation law and discretionary powers under the Trust Deed.
* The Standard Risk Measure is a standardised way of communicating investment risk that has been developed by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and the Financial Services Council (FSC)
^The long-term investment mix is used as a strategic guide for investing. This split of defensive and growth assets can vary from time to time as investment in each asset class may vary within the allowable ranges.
Conservative option returns†
5 year returns
†Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The accumulation investment returns are net of investment fees and investment taxes, but before deducting any administration fee or indirect administration cost. The TelstraSuper RetireAccess investment returns are net of investment fees but before deducting any administration fee or indirect administration cost.
Portfolio holdings disclosure
TelstraSuper is proud of our investment track record and approach to responsible investment. To provide a better understanding of what that means and how we invest our funds on behalf of our members, every 30 June and 31 December reporting date we take a “snapshot” of our portfolio holdings‡ and then break it down to show the investment allocations for each investment option. In line with current legislation, this information is made available within 90 days of each reporting date and is presented to meet the required reporting and formatting standards. For more information please see the Investments - Portfolio Holdings Disclosure section of our FAQs page.