People Moves

TCorp snares Cbus Super’s infrastructure chief

Cbus Super’s high-profile infrastructure specialist has jumped ship to take on a similar role with the investment arm of  the New South Wales state government. TCorp, which has $108 billion of funds under management, has appointed Diana Callebaut as head of real assets. She will start her new role at the beginning of February. Callebaut […]
Private Equity

VicSuper: Getting to grips with sustainable PE

An increasing number of super funds are looking to invest sustainably across their portfolio but a yawning data gap for private equity and until recently, sovereign bonds, has held them back.
Policy and Regulation

ASIC inches closer to phone tapping advisers

A Bill presented late last year granting the regulator increased powers to intercept phone calls is waiting on amendments before it goes before the house and senate.
Governance

ESSSuper: 1000 members involved in bush fires

The $31 billion fund has set up a service that prioritises the requests of members who are fighting the fires that continue to burn across Australia or are helping local communities.
Investment Strategy

Victoria’s sovereign wealth fund hires new ESG and tech executives 

The $65 billion VFMC has appointed former Vanguard executive Keli Saville to run digital and technology and the high-profile Talieh Williams to head up investment stewardship.
Operations
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Operations

Super funds to raise billions of dollars: Rice Warner

Australian super funds could soon be forced to hold billions of dollars in capital as the industry surpasses the banking sector, says Michael Rice.
Operations

Mine Super’s plan to beat the market

Mine Super’s Seamus Collins said superannuation funds cannot just rely on investment strategy to beat the market, they also need to up their spend on investment operations.
Operations

Future Fund to hire less as data project goes live

The $210 billion sovereign wealth fund has launched its new investment data management platform, capping an initial three-year journey to upgrade its technology.
Governance
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Governance

Cbus Super: Atkin’s next big role

Outgoing chief executive David Atkin is looking for a new job that will see him lobby companies to adopt a wider purpose and invest more sustainably.
Governance

ANU weighs increase to super guarantee

An increase in the SG to 12 per cent is only justified if it helps replace the age pension as more retirees become self funded or it helps members to self-insure against risk, a report shows.
Governance

Home fund needed for ‘orphans’

Mergers between strong super funds will likely leave the weaker ones without a partner. David Bell suggests a consolidation fund be founded to house them.
Investment Strategy
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Investment Strategy

Is the equity market broken?

Stocks went gangbusters in 2019, but the rally that has extended into January hides the stark contrast between earnings growth and discount rates.
Investment Strategy

Australia’s climate emergency

Amidst the worst bush fires in recorded history, PRI CEO Fiona Reynolds is calling on asset owners to encourage the government to take action on climate change and confront corporate lobby groups.
Investment Strategy

Bull market sees UniSuper top Chant West list

UniSuper’s $26 billion balanced fund outperformed its competitors in 2019 thanks to its high allocation to stocks.

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Phil’s story: When old injuries lead to new opportunities

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Leadership
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Leadership

Media Super, legalsuper name new CIOs

The appointments are the latest in a flurry of recent announcements across the industry as super funds look to shake up their investment operations in 2020.
Leadership

TWUSUPER hires new investment head

The $6 billion fund has appointed a new CIO as Andrew Killen retires.
Leadership

Cbus Super boss David Atkin to leave fund

The $56.5 billion building and construction industry super fund is looking for a new CEO as Atkin plans to step down after more than 12 years at the helm.
Insurance
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Insurance

Hidden super tax to hit members

Legislative reform is needed urgently to fix an unintended tax slug when rolling over super accounts, says John Berrill.
Insurance

The cost of secondary mental health conditions

One in five Australians in any year will experience a mental health issue. What is less well know is that secondary conditions are a bigger problem.
Insurance

APRA: Claim acceptances at historic highs

APRA’s update on life insurance claims shows a rise in claims acceptance, falling claims time frames and high loss/claims ratios, particularly in group insurance.
Post Retirement
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Retirement

Trafford-Walker sees ‘jump down’ in super fees

Australians have long been slugged with high superannuation fees but charges are starting to drop as asset owners bring investment teams in-house, says Frontier's Fiona Trafford-Walker.
Retirement

The truth about super fees

There has been considerable commentary that the Australian superannuation industry has excessive fees. But that is not quite true, says Mercer's David Knox.
Retirement

Fahy defends super against contagious false narrative

ASFA boss Martin Fahy has hit out against critics of Australia’s superannuation system warning that it is currently in the grip of a contagious false narrative which risks undermining retirement outcomes.

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