1 The statistics presented in this publication have been compiled from the ABS's Survey of Financial Information and APRA's Survey of Superannuation Funds. Some brief notes on the concepts, sources and methods employed follow. A full description and glossary are provided on the ABS web site, <https://www.abs.gov.au> select Themes then Finance.
MANAGED FUNDS INSTITUTIONS AND INVESTMENT MANAGERS
2 Managed funds institutions are those financial intermediaries which operate in the managed funds market by acquiring assets and incurring liabilities on their own account. Typically, these institutions arrange for the ‘pooling’ of funds from a number of investors for the purpose of investing in a particular type or mix of assets, with a view to receiving an ongoing return or capital gain. However, funds of a speculative nature that do not offer redemption facilities (e.g. agriculture and film trusts) and funds not established for investment purposes (e.g. health funds and general insurance funds) are excluded.
3 The types of managed funds institutions covered by the statistics in this publication are: Life Insurance Offices, Superannuation Funds (which includes Approved Deposit Funds), Public Unit Trusts, Friendly Societies, Common Funds, and Cash Management Trusts.
4 Specialist investment managers do not acquire assets and incur liabilities as their main activity: they are employed on a fee for service basis to manage and invest in approved assets on their clients’ behalf. They act in the main as the managers of pooled funds, but also manage clients’ investments on an individual portfolio basis.
ASSETS, VALUATION AND TIME SERIES COMPARISONS
5 The data tabulated in this publication are the stocks of assets held by the various types of institution, classified by type of asset. The classification of assets in this publication follows that contained in the ABS publication Australian National Accounts, Financial Accounts (cat. no. 5232.0). Definitions of the various types of instruments are given in the glossary on the ABS web site.
6 Respondents to the ABS Survey of Financial Information are requested to report assets at their market value.
7 Movements in the levels of assets of managed funds institutions between periods reflect two components-transactions in particular assets; and valuation changes arising from price changes in the assets.
METHOD OF CONSOLIDATION
8 Estimates of the consolidated assets of managed funds are derived by eliminating any cross-investment that takes place between the various types of funds. For example, investments by superannuation funds in public unit trusts are excluded from the assets of superannuation funds in a consolidated presentation. It is not possible, however, to apportion cross-investment at the level of detail presented in the unconsolidated tables.
9 Time series electronic spreadsheets for the tables in this publication are available from the AusStats service <https://www.abs.gov.au> select Timeseries Spreadsheets then Finance. Users may wish to refer to material available on the ABS web site <https://www.abs.gov.au> select Themes then Finance
10 Users may also wish to refer to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) web site, particularly APRA Super Trends <www.apra.gov.au/statistics>.
- the full Explanatory Notes and Glossary of terms for this publication
- Australian National Accounts: Financial Accounts (cat. no. 5232.0) quarterly
- Special article Insurance Technical Reserves: Sources and Methods.