If you’re a long-term investor and want exposure to assets that will potentially give you higher returns, the International Shares option may be suitable for you. Just remember that you need to be prepared to accept that this option could experience negative returns over the short to medium term.


To match the return of the MSCI World Developed Markets ex-Australia net dividends reinvested accumulation index, hedged after fees and tax.


10 years

Suited to investors with an investment timeframe of more than 10 years.

Total fee1

0.24% p.a.

Total fee includes administration fees (0.16%), investment fees and indirect cost ratio.
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Investors should be aware that a negative annual return is expected greater than six times in every 20 years.

Very high risk

Read more about the standard risk measure.

As at 30 June 2019

Account 3 months2 1 year2 3 years p.a.2 5 years p.a.2 7 years p.a.2 10 years p.a.2
Accumulation 3.31% 6.32% 12.57% 8.73% 12.39% 11.38%
Income 3.69% 6.93% 13.70% 9.01% 13.48% 13.11%

As at 31 March 2019

Asset allocation3 Ranges4
1.1% 0 - 10%
International shares6 98.9% 90 - 100%

Fund managers

The portfolio is passively managed by State Street Global Advisors, with currency exposures fully hedged back to Australian dollars.

Geographic breakdown and composition
The geographic breakdown and composition of the international shareholdings managed by State Street Global Advisors was:

Region %
North America 64.5%
Europe 23.3%
Japan 8.3%
Asia-Pacific ex Japan 2.1%
Cash/liquidity 1.5%
Other 0.2%
Futures 0.0%

As at 31 March 2019

International shareholdings

The International Shares option invests in shares listed in the MSCI World Developed Markets ex-Australia index.

Top 20 international shares by value.

# Stock
1 Apple Incorporated
2 Microsoft Corporation
3 Amazon.com Incorporated
4 Alphabet Incorporated
5 Facebook Incorporated
6 Johnson & Johnson
7 JPMorgan Chase and Company
8 Exxon Mobil Corporation
9 Nestle
10 Visa Incorporated
11 Bank of America
12 Cisco Systems
13 Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
14 Proctor and Gamble Company
15 Pfizer Incorporated
16 Intel Corporation
17 Verizon Communications
18 UnitedHealth Group
19 Chevron Corporation
20 AT&T Incorporated

1. This figure comprises of the investment fee and indirect cost ratio which are based on the fees and costs for the financial year ended 30 June 2019 and the administration fee. The total fees and any other applicable fees are deducted daily from the unit price before the unit price is declared and may differ from future fees and costs.
2. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. For periods of one year or less, the return is net of fees and tax. For periods greater than one year, the return is a compound annualised return, net of fees and tax.
3. These figures have been rounded for member reporting.
4. QSuper has the flexibility to invest within these predetermined ranges.
5. This option is fully invested in international shares, however, it may be appropriate to hold up to 10% in cash to accommodate market changes and timing of transactions.
6. The international shares asset class is passively managed by State Street Global Advisors (SSgA).The funds managed by SSgA include an allocation to cash. SSgA's allocation to cash is captured in the international shares asset allocation range of 90%-100%.