Report Highlights

Markets succumb to global concerns

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.

ETFs and LICs – SMSFs trading markets, not just stocks

ETFs and LICs have continued to grow in popularity, as SMSF 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.

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 July 2018 and 31 December 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.