5655.0 - Managed Funds, Australia, Dec 2014  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/02/2015   
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Sep Qtr 2014
Dec Qtr 2014

Total managed funds industry
2 432 280
2 489 895
Consolidated assets total managed funds institutions
1 909 724
1 958 507
Cross invested assets between managed funds institutions
488 460
503 879
Unconsolidated assets total managed funds institutions
2 398 184
2 462 386
Life insurance corporations
284 483
288 830
Superannuation (pension) funds
1 777 605
1 831 962
Public offer (retail) unit trusts
298 254
302 734
All other managed funds institutions
37 842
38 860

Managed Funds
Graph: Managed Funds

Unconsolidated Assets, by type of institution
Graph: Unconsolidated Assets, by type of institution


  • At 31 December 2014, the managed funds industry had $2,489.9b funds under management, an increase of $57.6b (2%) on the September quarter 2014 figure of $2,432.3b.
  • The main valuation effects that occurred during the December quarter 2014 were as follows: the S&P/ASX 200 increased 2.2%; the price of foreign shares, as represented by the MSCI World Index excluding Australia, increased 0.8%; and the A$ depreciated 6.7% against the US$.

  • At 31 December 2014, the consolidated assets of managed funds institutions were $1,958.5b, an increase of $48.8b (3%) on the September quarter 2014 figure of $1,909.7b.
  • The asset types that increased were overseas assets, $29.6b (8%); shares, $14.6b (3%); short term securities, $8.6b (10%); bonds, etc., $4.3b (4%); derivatives, $0.8b (65%); and other non-financial assets, $0.2b (2%). These were partially offset by decreases in other financial assets, $3.4b (11%); deposits, $3.2b (1%); land, buildings and equipment, $1.5b (1%); loans and placements, $1.0b (2%); and units in trusts, $0.2b (0%).

  • At 31 December 2014, there were $503.9b of assets cross invested between managed funds institutions.

  • At 31 December 2014, the unconsolidated assets of superannuation (pension) funds increased $54.4b (3%), public offer (retail) unit trusts increased $4.5b (2%), life insurance corporations increased $4.3b (2%), cash management trusts increased $0.8b (3%), and common funds increased $0.2b (2%). Friendly societies were flat.



ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2015 28 May 2015
June 2015 27 August 2015
September 2015 26 November 2015
December 2015 26 February 2016


There have been revisions as a result of the receipt of revised administrative data, survey data and due to the inclusion of new survey respondents.
  • Table 3 Life insurance corporations - revised for September quarter 2014.
  • Table 4 Superannuation (pension) funds - revised back to December quarter 2012.
  • Table 5 Public offer (retail) unit trusts - revised back to September quarter 2005.
  • Table 6 Friendly Societies - no revisions.
  • Table 7 Common funds - no revisions.
  • Table 8 Cash management trusts - no revisions.
  • Table 9 Resident Investment Managers - revised for September quarter 2014.


As the ABS has previously advised, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) introduced an enhanced set of reporting forms for Registrable Superannuation Entities (RSEs) from September quarter 2013. A number of data items provided from the new APRA collections significantly deviate from the previous ones, both in concept and definition. Where the impact on an affected series could not be estimated, the ABS has been moving forward the affected series using cautiously chosen indicators derived from other ABS collections that have a very strong historical correlation to these series. This methodology will continue to be applied until additional superannuation data collection requirements can be implemented by APRA which satisfy the conceptual and definitional requirements of the ABS. Users are advised to continue exercising caution when using superannuation data in this publication.


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