Aussies vote property as most secure and profitable investment:

Aussies vote property as most secure and profitable investment:
Staff reporterDecember 7, 2020

New research has revealed more than 1 in 2 Aussies think property is the most secure and profitable long-term investment, compared with shares, gold, cash and fixed interest.

So much so, that 41 per cent would invest it within their superannuation if they met the criteria. But will it continue to perform better than shares post-pandemic?

The findings come from a survey of an independent, nationally representative panel of 1006 Australians commissioned by online finance information platform 

Forty-two (42) per cent of Aussies said property is the best avenue for long-term return on investment, followed by a third (32 per cent) who believe shares will provide the best returns. An equal nine per cent think gold and cash are the best investments, and eight per cent think fixed interest such as government or corporate bonds is the best avenue for investing money long term.

The extent to which Aussies feel property will continue to perform strongly is in the high proportion: (41 per cent) that said they would consider investing in direct property – such as a residential apartment – in a self-managed super fund (SMSF).

When asked what types of property respondents would be most interested in investing in their SMSF, the majority of respondents (66 per cent) said residential houses, 39 per cent said residential apartments, and 34 per cent said commercial property.

In Australia, direct property accounts for 15 per cent of SMSF asset allocations.

“The survey findings indicate that Australians are still confident in investing in our property market, despite the swaying effects of the pandemic. Our property market has shown resilience over the past six months, with house prices not falling nearly as low as experts had predicted at the start of the shutdowns. This high level of confidence is also echoed in the fact that many would invest in property within a self-managed super fund to fund their retirement. However, not many people know how to establish a self-managed fund," Helen Baker, licensed financial advisor and spokesperson at said.

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