The best low cost balanced fund is..

Super provider: HostPlus

Fund option: Indexed balanced

Administration fee $78 per year
Fund Management Fees 0.04%
Growth/Defensive split 75/25
Funds under management (FUM) $15 billion
Total members 1 million
Who can join? Generally, anyone can join HOSTPLUS
Entry fee, exit fee, contribution fee, withdrawal fee, rollover fee and employer fee. Nil
Buy – sell spread Nil
Why the Indexed Balanced Option?

Firstly we have assumed that you are currently in the default ‘balanced’ option of your fund (80% of Australians are) and that you want to remain in the ‘balanced’ option.

The Index Balanced choice from HostPlus has a typical balanced split of 75% growth and 25% defensive assets.

Lowest fees wins

Just because a fund manager charges more in fees does not ensure they provide better performance over the long term. In fact exactly the opposite has been shown to be the case after fees and costs are taken into account.

“Low fees are the best indicator of future performance” Jim Minifie

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This fund has one of the lowest managements fees going, which ultimately means a much bigger nest egg for you.

As it’s name suggests the Indexed Balanced option is what’s known as an index tracking fund, why is this a good thing? Read on…

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Why choose an index fund over a managed fund?
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Managed Fund

A managed fund is managed by a human fund manager. That is, a person chooses which stocks should make up the fund and when to buy and sell these stocks. The fund manager charges a fees of usually between 0.5% and 2% of your total fund size.

Index Fund

An index fund is managed automatically using an index rule and does not require a person to choose the stocks. For example the ASX 200 index is made up of the 200 biggest companies on the Australian stock exchange. As index fund simply tracks an index there is no fund manager to pay, so their fees are usually much lower than managed funds, typically around 0.1 to 0.5%.


Studies have shown that over 80% of fund managers fail to beat the equivalent index fund over the long term after deducting their fees. For this reason we think you will likely do better by simply following an index using an index tracking fund rather than a high fee charging managed fund.

Small difference in fees, big difference in retirement

Average Super Fund Index Balanced option from HostPlus
Fees 1.2% 0.04% + $78 per year
Cost of fees $286,294 $21,649
Estimated balance at retirement age 67 $900,904 $1,165,549

For Brett who earns $60,000 a year, switching his super to HostPlus Indexed Balanced will save him $264,645 by the time he retires.

See link below for more details on these calculations:

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How do I switch?
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Switching between funds is called ‘roll over’. Its easy to roll over your existing super fund to hostplus.

In under an hour you can earn your future self over a quarter of a million dollars!

Three simple steps:

1. Join HostPlus

2. Switch your old super fund over

3. Select the Indexed Balanced option*

All this can be done at the HostPlus online joining page at


* Assuming you consider the balanced option suitable for your situation ie. risk tolerance and time till retirement. See the HostPlus member guide for more details:

Detailed assumptions for the figures stated in this report can be found here:
IMPORTANT: This Report provides general financial product advice only, not personal financial product advice. It has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs.

Before acting on our recommendations, you should consider their appropriateness to your specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs. If you are uncertain as to what your objectives and needs are, you should contact a financial adviser who is licensed to provide you with personal financial product advice.

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