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5655.0 - Managed Funds, Australia, Sep 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/11/2004   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep Qtr 2003
Jun Qtr 2004
Sep Qtr 2004
Consolidated Assets
$m
$m
$m

Superannuation funds
327,477
378,859
388,192
Life insurance offices(a)
169,495
171,285
171,714
Other managed funds
187,156
203,902
207,141
Total
684,127
754,046
767,046

(a) Investments by superannuation funds which are held and administered by life insurance offices are included under life insurance offices.
See note on consolidation in Explanatory Notes, para 8

Total consolidated assets
Graph: Total consolidated assets



SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


CONSOLIDATED ASSETS
  • Total consolidated assets of managed funds institutions was $767.0b at 30 September 2004, an increase of $13.0b (2%) from the revised June quarter 2004 figure, mainly reflecting changes in asset values during the quarter. During the September quarter 2004, the S&P/ASX 200 increased by 4%, although the price of foreign shares (represented by the US S&P 500) decreased by 2% and the $A appreciated against the $US by 4%. Domestic bond prices increased during the quarter with the 5 year Treasury Bond yield decreasing by 0.3 percentage points.
  • Consolidated assets of superannuation funds, public unit trusts and cash management trusts experienced increases of $9.3b (2%), $2.5b (2%) and $0.7b (2%) respectively. Assets of life insurance offices, friendly societies and common funds remained virtually the same.
  • The major asset movements for the quarter were in equities and units in trusts, up $13.4b (5%), loans and placements, up $0.8b (3%), short term securities, up $1.5b (2%) and land and buildings, up $1.3b (1%). These were offset somewhat by decreases in other assets of $4.3b (19%) and assets overseas of $0.8b (1%) .
  • Investment managers had $767.4b in funds under management, up $23.5b (3%) from the revised June quarter 2004 figure. They managed $515.6b (67%) of consolidated managed funds' assets.


NOTES

CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.



REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

There have been revisions in many series as a result of quality assurance work undertaken with data providers. When the results of the June quarter 2004 survey were published, survey response rates were lower then expected. June quarter 2004 survey responses that have subsequently been received contributed to revisions in this publication. In particular revisions have been made to: fund managers (revised back to September 1998 in respect of classification of source of funds); life insurance offices (revised back to March 1998) and superannuation funds (revised back to September 1998).



ROUNDING

Discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals due to rounding.



INQUIRIES

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ANALYSIS


CONSOLIDATED ASSETS

By type of institution

At 30 September 2004, consolidated assets of superannuation funds was $388.2b, up $9.3b (2%) since June 2004. Consolidated assets of public unit trusts and cash management trusts experienced increases of, $2.5b (2%), and $0.7b (2%) respectively. Assets of life insurance offices,common funds and friendly societies remained virtually the same at $171.7b, $9.5b and $4.5b respectively.

Graph: Consolidated assets by type of institution


By type of asset

The major asset movements for the quarter were in equities and units in trusts, up $13.4b (5%), short term securities, up $1.5b (2%), long term securities up $0.8b (1%), assets overseas, down $0.8b (1%) and other assets, down $4.3b (19%).

Graph: Consolidated assets by type of fund


Cross investment

The table below presents the unconsolidated, cross-invested and consolidated assets of managed funds by type of fund as at 30 September 2004.

Unconsolidated assets
Cross- invested assets
Consolidated assets
Type of fund
$m
$m
$m

Life insurance offices
201,947
30,233
171,714
Superannuation funds
472,875
84,684
388,192
Public unit trusts
187,191
27,129
160,062
Friendly societies
6,269
1,814
4,455
Common funds
9,878
408
9,471
Cash management trusts
33,153
-
33,153
Total
911,313
144,267
767,046

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)



UNCONSOLIDATED ASSETS

Life insurance offices

At 30 September 2004, the total assets of life insurance offices stood at $201.9b, an increase of $1.3b (1%) since June 2004. Major increases were in equities and units in trusts of $1.4b (1%),long term securities of $0.2b (1%) and short term securities $0.1b (1%). Loans and placements increased by $0.2b (10%) while cash and deposits decreased by $0.5b (6%). Assets held overseas decreased by $0.2b (1%).

Graph: Assets of life insurance offices


Superannuation funds

The total assets of superannuation funds held outside of life offices was $472.9b at 30 September 2004, an increase of $11.0b (2%) since June 2004. Holdings of equities and units in trusts increased by $11.9b (6%), of which private trading corporation shares increased by $8.6b (9%) and financial sector shares increased by $2.4b (7%). Cash and deposits increased by $1.0b (3%), short term securities increased by $0.5b (2%) and long term securities increased by $0.4b (1%). Other financial assets decreased $2.0b (25%) and assets overseas decreased $1.4b (2%).

Graph: Assets of superannuation funds


Public unit trusts

The total assets for public unit trusts was $187.2b at 30 September 2004, up $1.5b (1%) since June 2004. The major increases were in cash and deposits, up $1.1b (15%) land and buildings, up $0.8b (1%) and assets overseas, up $0.8 (3%).

Graph: Managed Funds - GRAPH6


Friendly societies

Total assets of friendly societies was $6.3 billion at 30 September 2004, virtually unchanged since June 2004. At the end of the quarter, equities and units in trusts stood at $2.0b, long term securities at $1.2b and short term securities at $1.4b. Together they accounted for 74% of total assets.

Graph: Assets of freindly societies


Common funds

Total assets of common funds was $9.9b at 30 September 2004, an increase of $0.2b (2%) since June 2004. Short term securities and loan and placements account for 44% and 25% respectively of total assets.

Graph: Assets of common funds


Cash management trusts

Total assets of cash management trusts was $33.2b at 30 September 2004, up $0.7b (2%) since June 2004. Short term securities increased by $0.5b (2%) and cash and deposits increased by $0.2b (3%). All other asset classes remaind virtually unchanged. Short term securities accounted for 75% of total assets.

Graph:  Assets of cash management trusts



INVESTMENT MANAGERS

Source of funds under management

During September quarter 2004 there was an increase in total funds under management by investment managers of $23.5b (3%), bringing the total funds under management to $767.4b.


The value of funds under management on behalf of superannuation funds increased by $12.2b (5%), public unit trusts decreased by $1.9b (2%) and life insurance offices increased by $6.0b (5%).


During the quarter the value of funds under management on behalf of sources other than managed funds increased $8.9b (4%). Of this, the largest increase was funds under management on behalf of trusts other than public unit trusts, $8.4b (9%). There were increases in the value of funds under management on behalf of government, $1.6b (11%) and general insurance, $1.6 (7%), while funds under management on behalf of other investment managers decreased by $3.0b (5%).


The value of funds under management on behalf of overseas sources increased to $27.1b following a $1.6b (6%) increase from the previous quarter.


The value of managed funds assets invested through investment managers was $515.6b at 30 September 2004, representing 67% of the consolidated assets of managed funds.

Graph: Source of funds under management

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