Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Melbourne, 6 December 2017 –Australia Ratings has assigned a ‘SUPERIOR’ investment rating to Smarter Money Higher Income Fund (the Fund).

A ‘SUPERIOR’ investment rating indicates the highest level of confidence that the fund can deliver a risk adjusted return in line with the Fund’s investment objective. This is based on an investment rating scale used by Australia Ratings to indicate how well we believe a fund will perform against a range of risks.

Australia Ratings’ analyst Maggie Callinan said “The Fund builds on the investment manager’s expertise in the Australian fixed interest market to deliver a strategy with the objective of generating absolute returns that have low to no correlation with equities, fixed rate bonds and property markets.”

The Fund is actively managed with the majority of its assets invested in low risk and liquid investments such as Australian denominated cash or cash equivalents; and investment-grade debt and hybrid securities. 

Launched in September 2014, the Smarter Money Higher Fund aims to generate a return of 1.5% to 3.0% p.a. above the RBA official cash rate. The Smarter Money Higher Income Fund is managed by Smarter Money Investments (SMI) and Coolabah Capital Investments (CCI).

Australia Ratings has also assigned its Product Complexity Indicator (PCI)of ‘BLUE’ indicating the fund as a Relatively Simple financial product, with investment managers seeking to outperform their chosen mainstream market sector. The strategies used to outperform may include use of very liquid derivatives such as index futures contracts and/or thematic/sector overweight positions. While these funds are still expected to move fairly closely in line with mainstream markets, there may be periods where they outperform or underperform the benchmark index.

A full rating report is available from


Maggie Callinan, Director 03 8080 6684


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A five-point scale is used to differentiate our opinion on how well we believe a fund will perform against a range of risks.

About the Product Complexity Indicator

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