Policy and Regulation

Ian Harper on big government and weak agencies

The Melbourne Business School dean and RBA board member retains faith in the checks and balances in the system while pointing out that now is the time for people with serious ability to be attracted to our public service institutions.
Leadership

Future Fund’s Arndt: From CIO to CEO in the middle of a pandemic

When Covid-19 hit, Arndt was considering whether to apply for the CEO role vacated by David Neal. In the blink of an eye, none of that mattered. Since taking the job, he’s come to realise the market crisis was just the front end of a massive wave of change.
ESG

Green bonds: part of super industry’s decarbonising tool set

AustralianSuper's Andrew Gray said the fund has not ruled out using green bonds as a tool to reach its ambitious target of net-zero carbon emissions for its entire investment portfolio by 2050.
Leadership

Shane Fitzsimmons: Leadership under fire

During a candid discussion, the man who guided Australia through the 2019/20 fires revealed his own father’s untimely death while battling bushfires shocked him “to the core”, but the tragedy firmed his resolve to live a life serving the community.
Fund Governance

Performance test will produce ‘zombie funds’, experts say

Members might end up being stranded in funds that become undesirable to potential suitors because they have a chance of underperforming over multiple years or hold poor preforming assets relative to a listed benchmark, new research shows.
Investment Strategy
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Investment Strategy

Want disruptors? It’s all in the ‘grit’, ‘drive’ and ‘spike’

It's not uncommon for VC Antler to spend months working side by side with founders of startups before deciding to invest in them, according to CEO and founder, Magnus Grimeland.
Investment Strategy

Excessive central bank intervention has made the economy more fragile

Central banks have become addicted to providing monetary stimulus at the first sign of trouble and are finding it hard to reverse that course, according to MFS Investment Management's Barnaby Wiener.
Investment Strategy

Avoid the greenwashing bubble

Greenwashing is apparent when an organisation spends more time marketing themselves as environmentally sound, rather than actually minimising their environmental footprint, Regnan's Tim Crockford outlines.
Policy and regulations
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Policy and Regulation

Retirement Income Review: Simplifying the complex

The Retirement Income Review is clever for a number of reasons, not least because it managed to simplify complexity and create a structured case for improving retirement outcomes by not increasing the SG, all without without making any recommendations.
Policy and Regulation

AIA Australia’s Mu voices support for stapling reforms

It’s time to take the opportunity to think differently about insurance in superannuation, AIA Australia chief executive Damien Mu has said.
Policy and Regulation

Sustainable insurance biggest challenge for super funds in 2021

Insurers are grappling with stapling as they look to give value to consumers for Group Life cover under a code of conduct which becomes enforceable next year.
Governance
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Governance

Stepping out of silos helped Cbus navigate liquidity challenge: Fok

Bringing teams together to find different ways to create liquidity over different timeframes was an important aspect of not only getting through at this critical time but also investing successfully in a substantial and rapid market recovery, the Cbus CIO describes.
Governance

Micro reforms have created confusion: expert panel

Three super and insurance industry experts say the “brave new world” of super - post budget, productivity and royal commissions - has resulted in some residual confusion.
Governance

Performance measurement shouldn’t impact strategy: Rowell

Trustees have the flexibility to set their strategies, but if they're not delivering value to members they might not be delivering the right strategies, APRA's Helen Rowell told an FSC panel.
Leadership
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Leadership

Shift to mobile working ramps up the war for talent

The impact of Covid and the change in working habits has unlocked the talent competition where somebody can be in another country and recruiting your employees, Franklin Templeton's global CEO Jenny Johnson.
Leadership

UniSuper’s O’Sullivan wins FEAL Exec of the Year award

UniSuper CEO Kevin O'Sullivan has been named as the FEAL Executive of the Year for 2020 at a dinner attended by 60 industry guests in Sydney and livestreamed around the country.
Leadership

Superannuation has worked: Fink

Australia continues to be a model for other retirement savings systems globally while the political debate relating to freezing, continuing or reversing the superannuation guarantee limit rolls on.
Insurance
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Insurance

Experts see a hybrid future for city and home-office workers

The pandemic is expected to leave permanent change in office styles and locations as many employers keep some aspects of home office work established during the pandemic, a Group Insurance Summit panel says.
Insurance

Industry super primed to use AI for insurance customers

Customer trust is high and timing is right for AI and machine learning to personalise insurance premiums for industry super, Swiss Re's Daniel Levy says.
Insurance

Mapping behaviour and habit: life insurance’s challenge

AIA Australia' head of behavioural research and development Alison McLean is working on understanding the behaviour behind achieving better health outcomes for customers.
Retirement
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Retirement

Simplicity and confidence key to retirement puzzle: Challenger

Finding better retirement solutions will require more than just ‘age and balance’ metrics, but the industry will need to keep things simple to retain members’ faith and their confidence to spend, according to Challenger’s Aaron Minney.
ArticleRetirement

Moral outrage at super system ‘justified’: Daley

The former Grattan Institute CEO isn’t pulling any punches in his assessment of the “sharp knife” that is our super system. The “20 to 30” billion dollars it costs to run our retirement savings each year may be terrific for people working in the industry, he says, but not for the rest of the country.
Retirement

Pension Loan Scheme provides a comfortable retirement

Most Australians believe they are ineligible but changes to a Government loan scheme may augment retirement income for many, says Rice Warner chief Andrew Boal.

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