Policy and Regulation

APRA names heatmap culprits in industry ‘game changer’

Maritime Super, EISS Super and Christian Super are among a handful of MySuper funds to be identified by the regulator as the worst performers over five years.

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.

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.
Investment Strategy

TCorp buys ‘material’ Canadian renewable energy asset

TCorp has teamed up with H2O Power and its owner PSP Investments, one of Canada's largest pension funds, in a deal that will see the investment arm of the NSW government own a 49 per cent stake in eight hydroelectric generation assets.

RIAA identifies Australia’s top super funds

Australian super funds that employ responsible investment strategies have outperformed their competitors over one, three and five-year time frames, fresh data from Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) has confirmed.
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Most super fund advice not in clients’ best interest: ASIC

Less than half of 233 superannuation advice files reviewed by the corporate watchdog demonstrated full compliance with best interest duty and related obligations, according to a new report.

Silk says mega funds are good for members

Ian Silk, the head of the country’s largest superannuation fund, AustralianSuper said the rise of the mega fund is good for the industry as long as it provide benefits to members.

QSuper tie-up heralds more deals in 2020

Next year is shaping up to be a busy one for mergers in the superannuation industry. QSuper’s potential tie-up with Sunsuper to create a $180 billion fund is said to be just one of a number of deals that will be announced in the next 12 months.
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REST case to set climate risk precedent

Early next year, global investor attention will focus on the court proceedings against the trustee of the REST superannuation fund which is charged with breaching its  fiduciary duties by failing to adequately consider climate change risks.

Should industry funds save the planet?

With Australian industry funds overseeing almost $1 trillion collectively, local assets owners like Cbus are questioning whether they should be required to invest more sustainably.

Senate Inquiry: APRA, Westpac and heatmaps

APRA chair Wayne Byres told a parliamentary hearing on Monday that broader enforcement powers have allowed APRA to achieve better results.
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Bridgewater says US, UK close to deploying MP3

Bob Prince said the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England are “just one downturn away” from being forced to deploy what the world’s largest hedge fund refers to as monetary policy three.
Investment Strategy

Sunsuper shrugs off private market froth as prices near top

Sunsuper investment chief Ian Patrick is buying unlisted assets despite record high prices that are set to climb higher as super funds scramble for yield.
Investment Strategy

Tasplan chair says $23 billion fund right size for now

Tasplan chair Naomi Edwards said the superannuation fund will be busy bedding down the $23 billion merger with MTAA Super but would welcome a new partner if the right fund came along.

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Human trust under threat with rise of AI

AI will play a big role in shaping the way human trust evolves and therefore how financial institutions, whose core business involves garnering trust, will progress.
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AustralianSuper appoints new group executives

Australia’s largest pension fund has announced two new group executive roles with the appointment of Paul Schroder as the fund’s chief risk officer and Peter Curtis as head of finance and operations.

Equip Super and Catholic Super join forces: Looking for more partners

Equip Super and Catholic Super have joined forces in a landmark $26 billion deal and signalled a willingness to link up with other superannuation funds.

legalsuper appoints interim investment chief

The $4.1 billion industry fund has appointed Paul Kessell as interim chief investment officer following the departure of Edward Smith in September.

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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.

AIA and CommInsure join forces

AIA has partnered with Commonwealth Bank’s life insurance business to operate as one entity as it waits for its purchase of CommInsure Life to be completed.

Insurers on the front foot in tackling mental health

With an increasing body of evidence that shows returning to work can play a positive role in recovering from illness and injury, insurers and employers are looking to early intervention strategies that begin before a claim is even lodged.
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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.

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.

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.