The intangible prospect of retirement – particularly for younger customers – is one of the major challenges to cultivating engagement when it comes to superannuation fund performance.

Although communication is critical, telling a customer their fund outperformed 50% of superannuation funds in the industry during the last three years provides no meaningful information about whether that customer is closer to a comfortable retirement. Instead, the focus should be on whether the fund is on track to meeting its objective.

Taking a lifecycle fund approach such as AMP MySuper– where customers are grouped according to their age – gives us the ability to design and deliver communication around customers’ retirement needs at any particular life stage. The key success metric – embedded into customer communications – should emphasise these needs.

Communications can directly reflect how each age-based group is managed. While communications are likely to initially speak to the average member in one of these groups, we envisage that future iterations will focus on individual customers’ circumstances (and potentially also include assets outside of super). An expected income in retirement (in today's dollars) is far more relevant to customers than a current lump sum dollar value. This might also serve to dissipate investor concerns about short-term volatility, as it helps to remind customers that superannuation is a long-term investment.

We aim to talk directly to customers about the action they can take to ensure they meet their goals in retirement, whether that’s increasing their contributions or planning to work a little longer.

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