Retirement Conference 2020

Super fund cohorts seen as systemic risk

The federal government has identified membership cohorts within industry funds as a new systemic risk for Australia’s $3 trillion superannuation industry.
Retirement Conference 2020

MLC has liquidity for claims surge

CEO Geoff Lloyd said they have been raising liquidity in the market to manage the surge in hardship claims that are expected to hit 25,000 a month.
Retirement Conference 2020

Hume says super industry is ‘comfortably liquid’

Assistant Minister for Superannuation Jane Hume said the government’s decision to allow some Australians to access their retirement savings early will not cause liquidity problems for super funds, despite reports to the contrary.
Investment Strategy

Liquidity: Super funds say they have enough

Australia’s largest superannuation funds including Sunsuper, First State Super and Cbus all say they have enough liquidity to meet any redemption needs. At least for now.
Operations
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Operations

HESTA’s investment overhaul

Sonya Sawtell-Rickson is half way through her three-year plan to restructure the fund's investment function. She's buying more private assets, kicked off internalisation plans and sold equities ahead of the market rout.
Operations

First State in merger talks with WA Super

First State Super and WA Super are in potential mergers talks, the latest in a flurry of deals sweeping across the $2.9 trillion superannuation industry.
Operations

QSuper and Sunsuper on track to merge

QSuper and Sunsuper are inching closer to a merger to create Australia's largest superannuation fund overseeing more than $195 billion in assets.
Governance
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Governance

Superannuation & Retirement in a crisis

A crisis will redirect the order of things, and this crisis will surely live up to expectations.
Governance

Insurance switch-off & Covid-19

On 1 April hundreds of thousands of Australian workers will lose valuable life and disability insurance in their superannuation. In the current Covid-19 world, this is madness.
Governance

Fed policy won’t ease liquidity crisis

The US Federal Reserve’s decision to make its bond-buying program open-ended won't ease the extreme liquidity crisis despite Wall Street rallying on the news, according to one top academic.
Investment Strategy
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Investment Strategy

Coronavirus crisis highlights drawdown risks

The extreme market volatility caused by the current crisis is a powerful reminder of the importance of guaranteed income for retirees and throws into sharp focus the problems that super funds will face as retirees draw down their savings, says Challenger investment chief, Chris Plater.
Investment Strategy

Cashed-up QSuper hunts for distressed assets

QSuper, one of the nation’s largest bondholders, is set to take advantage of opportunities as they unfold in turbulent markets following the harrowing coronavirus outbreak.
Investment Strategy

Bond managers raise spreads as liquidity dwindles

Evaporating liquidity in fixed income has forced several of Australia’s largest asset managers to pass the higher spread onto their investors, according to Morningstar.

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One size does not have to fit all: AIA Australia’s whitepaper on default insurance in super

Off the back of the findings and recommendations of the Hayne Royal Commission, the Productivity Commission and various regulatory reviews, considerable focus has been concentrated on the value and appropriateness of default insurance in super.
Leadership
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Leadership

Leadership revisited

Last week I asked some tough questions and expectedly received some passionate responses. My question “where’s the Leadership?” was ultimately aimed at the broader industry and government rather than individual funds.
Leadership

Hostplus hires second deputy CIO

Hostplus has restructured its investment team to include a second deputy chief investment officer as it buys up equities into the market sell-off.
Leadership

TelstraSuper’s Anne-Marie Corboy calls for equality in retirement

Anne-Marie Corboy, chair of Australia's largest corporate superannuation fund, talks about sustainability, the Retirement Income Review and the urgent need for policies that help disadvantaged women.
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Insurance
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Insurance

The future of group insurance

The future of group insurance depends on super funds investing in member engagement, rethinking protection products and working with insurers to tailor products that change with members’ needs.
Insurance

Super shock as AFCA fees hit

The full impact of AFCA's fees per complaint structure is yet to be felt since the agency has only been running since November 2018, 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 known is that secondary conditions are a bigger problem.
Post Retirement
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Retirement

Rubinsztein: Super needs tweaking, not overhaul

Nicolette Rubinsztein said Mercer's call for a universal age pension, scrapping the means tests and keeping the superannuation guarantee steady was the wrong way to go.
Retirement

No room for opinion in retirement review

The Retirement Income Review is seeking facts from the industry which can be difficult to distinguish from beliefs in a complex retirement system, says David Bell, executive director of the Conexus Institute.
Retirement

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.

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