Fiduciary Investors Symposium

Future Fund to sell off ‘large slice’ of private equity

Australia’s sovereign wealth fund is in the midst of selling off some of its private equity assets on the secondary market as it looks to free up more capital in the event of a drawdown.
Fiduciary Investors Symposium

Japan’s big win: Dealing with demographics

There is a lot to be learned from the way Japan's policymakers have tackled the issue of an aging population, says Robert Tipp, head of global bonds at PGIM Fixed Income.
Fiduciary Investors Symposium

Photo Gallery: Fiduciary Investors Symposium 2019

The 2019 Fiduciary Investors Symposium took place at RACV Healesville, Yarra Valley, 18-19 November, 2019.
AIST CEO Eva Scheerlinck (Photo: Supplied)
Policy and Regulation

APRA’s draft standard on pay reform doesn’t suit super funds

APRA's draft standard on pay reform is based exclusively on variable remuneration practices which are inconsistent with the practices of many industry funds, says AIST's Eva Scheerlinck.
Industry View

David Bell to head new Australian retirement think-tank

The ex-Mine Super CIO has been appointed executive director of the Conexus Institute, a new think-tank that aims to disrupt, influence and become a catalyst for change in the Australian retirement sector.
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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.

KPMG warns ‘open super’ may put funds under pressure

Just as open banking is expected to be a game changer for Australian lenders, KPMG said the new “open super” platform could revolutionise the country’s pension industry.
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APRA’s super heat maps show results ‘jump off’ screen

APRA's deputy chair Helen Rowell said the regulator is ready to forcibly remove trustees of underperforming funds thanks to their long-awaited appraisal system that easily identifies who in the industry is falling short.

LUCRF Super to keep pressure on Coles

The $6.5 billion industry fund wants asset owners to keep up the pressure on the supermarket giant so they do more to address modern slavery risks in their fresh food supply chains.

ASIC sues super trustee, fund

The corporate watchdog has launched legal action against a superannuation trustee, claiming that it promoted false and misleading statements about products and services.
Investment Strategy
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Investment Strategy

First State Super, Sunsuper CIOs warn of asset bubble

The wall of capital sitting on the sidelines waiting to be deployed in private assets is driving prices up to untenable values, warned two of Australia’s top investment chiefs at a recent ASFA conference.
Investment Strategy

TCorp launches $1.8 billion sustainability bond

The $107 billion asset manager is launching its first sustainability bond amid surging demand for fixed income products that incorporate ESG.
Investment Strategy

Equity bulls return as recession fears fade

Fund managers around the world are worried about missing out on the next leg higher in the bull market and have slashed cash holdings to buy more stocks, a survey shows.

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Templeton Global Macro's investment experts share their latest update to global ESG scores and profile three countries with improving scores, and two with deteriorating scores.
Absolute Returns Conference

Embrace the blackbox says AMP Capital, FORT

Australia’s $2.9 trillion superannuation industry should not be afraid of using artificial intelligence or machine learning, delegates were told at the Absolute Returns Conference in Sydney.
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January 29, 2020 - January 31, 2020

Chair Forum

SUITABLE FOR: Superannuation fund and investment committee chairs.

The forum addresses how super fund and investment committee chairs balance their increasing range of responsibilities, including board governance, strategy and delegation, investment decision- making, the economic environment, risk management and strategic asset allocation.
February 11, 2020

Investment Operations Conference

SUITABLE FOR: Investment operations managers, CFO’S, COO’S, Senior operations staff from superannuation funds, fund managers, custodians and other providers.

The conference is for all those involved in the middle office of an institutional investor. The event offers leading content from industry experts and unparalleled networking opportunities. It brings a practical focus to the challenges and innovations shaping investment operations in Australia.
February 25, 2020

Private Credit Forum

Suitable for: Heads of fixed income and credit, portfolio managers, CIOs and asset consultants
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.
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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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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.

ASIC report slams poor TPD policies

The cooperate watchdog's report into TPD claims has finally landed with ASIC applying a blowtorch to bad practices and products.
Post Retirement
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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.

Global critique calls for Aussie reform

A global working group of pension experts critiqued the Australian system at the recent ICPM meeting in Sydney. They emphasised a desperate need for the system to move from accumulation to retirement income, reduce complexity, focus on retirees and be holistic.

Kelty fires up: ‘Leave super alone’

Bill Kelty, the Australian trade unionist who helped paved the way for the introduction of the superannuation guarantee in 1992, has called for policymakers to leave the system alone.