Investment Strategy

Super funds shrug off divestment pressure

Australia's superannuation industry won’t be divesting from fossil fuels anytime soon. Instead, funds including Cbus and First State Super are reviewing investment strategies that transition to a low-carbon economy.
Retirement Conference

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.
Investment Operations

Performance fee errors lead to negative operational alpha

In a busy cost-pressured environments performance fee calculations can get overlooked and errors can compound quickly, especially with daily priced funds, says Castle Hall's Alex Wise.
Roundtables

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.
ESG

Climate inaction is expensive

If this current Australian summer of bush fires should be teaching us anything, it’s that climate inaction is expensive, says RIAA's Simon O'Connor.
Operations
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Operations

AusSuper weighs bringing more ops in-house

The country’s largest superannuation fund is weighing whether to bring more investment operations in-house particularly when it comes to private assets.
Operations

Asset owners upgrade oversight of externally-managed assets

Superannuation funds globally are moving towards full control and oversight of their externally-managed assets by tracking unit price changes in real time amidst increased regulatory scrutiny.
Operations

Mine Super: Seeking operational alpha

Since Mine Super’s Seamus Collins stepped into the chief investment role last April, the former head of portfolio implementation has focused on boosting returns by generating operational alpha.
Governance
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Governance

ASIC makes product design a priority

ASIC superannuation executive leader, Jane Eccleston warned superannuation trustees to step up efforts to understand, measure and deliver good outcomes for members.
Governance

APRA will struggle to include Choice super products in heatmap

There is skepticism that the prudential regulator will succeed in benchmarking the performance of Choice products, particularly as it is struggling to collect meaningful and comparable data across the 90 or so MySuper products.
Governance

ASIC cements position as top conduct cop

The corporate watchdog has shored up its position as Australia’s top conduct cop in superannuation, with increased powers to tackle misconduct in a toughening regulatory environment.
Investment Strategy
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Raphael Arndt, CIO Future Fund (Pic: Nicole Cleary)
Investment Strategy

Future Fund sticks with hedge funds

Australia’s $168 billion Future Fund is looking to add more money to its $22.6 billion hedge fund program where it can find managers with spare capacity, to help protect the portfolio against a sell-off in the equity market.
Investment Strategy

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.
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.

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The private credit forum provides an examination of the opportunities and the factors affecting the increasingly broad spectrum of loans and credit both domestically and internationally. This forum will cover the market conditions and opportunity sets across all forms of asset backed securities, such as collateralised debt obligations and mortgaged back securities.
February 26, 2020

Real Estate Conference

Suitable for: Heads of real estate and real assets, portfolio managers, CIOs and asset consultants
The real estate conference is designed to examine economic conditions and market factors affecting investment in global residential, retail, office and other commercial real estate. The conference regularly covers issues of governance, the impact of demographic change, technology and what to invest in the capital stack.
March 31, 2020

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SUITABLE FOR: Chief executives, chief investment officers and heads of product and personnel working in member services and advice of Superannuation funds

 

Leadership
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Leadership

2020 Super fund salary survey

UniSuper's investment chief John Pearce is the highest-paid executive among Australia’s industry superannuation funds and is one of 10 people to take home a pay packet of more than $1 million.
Leadership

Million-dollar payouts

As the industry consolidates into bigger funds overseeing hundreds of billions of dollars, the average remuneration packages will also likely climb.
Leadership

Base salaries set to climb as regulation bites

Base salaries for superannuation fund executives will likely increase because of new rules that will likely constrain short-term bonus payouts, according to Michael Moses, a principal in Mercer’s remuneration consulting practice.
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

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.
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.
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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.
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.

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