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What is the Standard Risk Measure?

The Standard Risk Measure (SRM) is a guide developed by the Financial Services Council (FSC) and The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) that outlines the likely number of negative annual returns expected over any 20 year period.

The purpose of the SRM is to provide a standardised labelling system to assist investors in comparing investment options across providers, as shown below in Figure 1, FSC/ASFA Standard Risk Measure Classifications.

Risk Label Estimated number of negative annual returns over any 20 year period
Very Low  Less than 0.5
Low  0.5 to less than 1
Low to Medium  1 to less than 2
Medium  2 to less than 3
Medium to High  3 to less than 4
High  4 to less than 6
Very High  6 or greater


Source: FSC/ASFA Standard Risk Measure Guidance Paper for Trustees, July 2011

 

We have adopted these risk rating guidelines and applied them to our products, as highlighted in Figure 2: InvestSMART Group Investment Products' SRM:

InvestSMART Group Investment Products SRM

It should be noted, however, that the SRM is not a complete assessment of all forms of investment risk. For instance, it does not detail what the size of a negative return could be or the potential for a positive return to be less than a member may require to meet their objectives. As such, it should be used as a guide and as with any investment, investors should ensure they are comfortable with the risks and potential losses associated with their chosen investment option(s). Any information should be considered general in nature and before making any investment decisions, please ensure that you read all relevant disclosure documents related to that product.

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