Report highlights:

Markets succumb to global woes: Since our last report, multiple worries about political, market and economic issues have combined to drive global sharemarkets lower.

Broad based sell off creates opportunity: SMSF investors have snapped up blue-chip bargains with a focus on finding quality at a reasonable price, not just ‘cheap’ stocks.

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Listed Investment Companies (LICs) – SMSFs trading markets, not just stocks: ETFs and LICs have continued to grow in popularity as SMFS investors seek opportunities to capture a broad-based market recovery without the risk of picking individual stocks.

Direct international trading on pause as global markets lose their shine: The recent explosive growth in direct international share trading by SMSFs has slowed as investors look for bargains onshore and turn their attention to global ETFs for international exposure.

The property pullback: While property has remained a mainstay of many SMSF portfolios, declining markets and a potential ban on non-recourse lending could see funds flow out of property and into other investments.

CBA Head of SMSF Customers, Marcus Evans speaks with Tom Piotrowski about the results of the latest CommSec SMSF Trading Trends Report.

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About this report

The CommSec SMSF Trading Trends Report is an in-depth exploration of the online trading behaviour of SMSF investors, released every six months. SMSFs are a significant investor segment, representing 30% of all superannuation investments in Australia. This report is based on a detailed analysis of the trading behaviour of active CommSec clients between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2018. The sample comprised a diverse cross-section of active share traders — defined as those who had traded at least once during the 12 months before the study period — including both SMSF and non-SMSF investors.

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This report was prepared by Commonwealth Securities Limited ABN 60 067 254 399 AFSL 238814 (“CommSec”), a wholly owned, but non-guaranteed, subsidiary of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 AFSL 234945 to provide general information. It is not intended to replace professional advice. This information has been prepared without considering objectives, financial and taxation situation or needs, before acting on it consider its appropriateness to individual and client needs. Consider seeking professional advice relevant to individual needs. Any securities or prices used in the examples given are for illustrative purposes only and should not be considered as a recommendation to buy, sell or hold. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. CommSec will not be liable for any loss or damage as a result of the reader relying on this information. While potential SMSF investments may have been illustrated within this content they do not represent a comprehensive suite of possible investment products and services within the guidelines pursuant to the SIS Act 1993 with ATO oversight.

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