Introducing the wholesale version of the Balanced Fund

Wholesale investors can now access the Australian Ethical Balanced Fund at the significantly reduced management fee of 0.85% p.a. (from 29 March 2018). To be eligible, investors need to have at least $500,000 in the Australian Ethical managed funds range and at least $25,000 in the Balanced Fund.

The Balanced Fund, either retail or wholesale, is designed for investors who want to invest in a diversified portfolio of assets and markets to reduce the volatility of returns, while also aligning with their ethical values.

The Balanced Fund has a solid track record of 29 years of performance, delivering 6.7% p.a. (net of fees) and 9.2% p.a. over the last five years (net of fees) as set out in the table below.

As a guide for wholesale investors, the table below also sets out the Fund’s returns as if a wholesale rate had been applied since inception.


For periods ending  31 Dec 2017 1 year 3 years 5 years 10 years 15 years 20 years Since inception*
(%) (%p.a.) (%p.a.) (%p.a.) (%p.a.) (%p.a.) (%p.a.)
Actual retail performance net of fees 8.1 6.4 9.2 4.2 6.5 6.6 6.7
Estimate of performance, if a wholesale rate of 0.85% p.a. had been applied to the fund since inception 9.8 8.1 10.9 5.8 8.1 8.1 8.2

*Inception Date (Retail): 16 October 1989.

As with all of Australian Ethical’s funds, every investment in the Balanced Fund must first pass our Ethical Charter before it will be considered. This means investors can be sure their money is invested in companies working towards a positive, sustainable future and not in companies that cause harm to the planet, people or animals. The application of the Ethical Charter means we don’t invest in fossil fuel companies, we only invest in two of the big four banks, and have positive exposures to renewables, innovative technology and healthcare companies.

The launch of the Balanced Fund (Wholesale) means Australian Ethical now offers a complete range of eight ethical managed funds, covering the risk spectrum for both wholesale and retail investors. Please refer to the relevant Product Disclosure Statement for more detailed information about investing in these Funds.

Return of capital and the performance of your investment in the fund are not guaranteed. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.