Fixed Interest


To build an investment portfolio to achieve the stated return objective within the stated risk parameters over the specified timeframe. In the short-term, returns can be negative from time to time.

Who should invest?

Those who are seeking an investment option where returns are determined by a combination of income payments and changes in capital values caused by changes in interest rates. Generally provides lower risk and returns than shares, but can still deliver negative return.

Investment strategy

The Fixed Interest option invests primarily in Australian and International Fixed Interest Securities, including fixed, variable and floating interest rate securities issued by government bodies and companies, as well as asset and mortgage-backed securities and mortgages or loans secured by property assets. It may also have exposure to Cash, up to a maximum of 50%.

Return objective

Corporate Plus and Personal Plus members: outperform the Bloomberg AusBond Bank Bill Index, adjusted for tax^, + 0.5% p.a.

RetireAccess members: outperform the Bloomberg AusBond Bank Bill Index^ + 0.5% p.a.

Investment timeframe

4 - 8 year periods.

Risk characteristics

Consistent with its lower return objective, the Fixed Interest option is expected to generate low levels of return and short-term investment risk. Its returns will be influenced by changes in interest rates, and it may suffer negative returns if long term interest rates increase. This option’s risk characteristics using TelstraSuper’s four measures of investment risk are summarised in the diagrams below:

The Fixed Interest 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

100% defensive assets

Fixed Interest 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 Bloomberg AusBond Bank Bill Index is a commonly used benchmark for cash-like investments. It measures the return earned on a diversified portfolio of different types of short-term cash investments. Cash investments are generally taxed at 15% in the superannuation accumulation phase.

* 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)

Fixed Interest option returns

  Accumulation returns TelstraSuper RetireAccess returns
 2019/2020  3.37%  3.92%
2018/2019  5.47%  6.40%
2017/2018 2.51%  2.88%
2016/2017 2.70% 3.05% 
2015/2016 4.67% 5.13%
2014/2015 3.90% 4.52%
2013/2014 5.77% 6.65%
2012/2013 4.41% 5.10%
2011/2012 7.67% 8.98%
5 year returns 3.74% 4.30%

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.