Hedge Funds

Post-retirement asset allocation the big challenge: Russell

Russell Investments has called for a new approach to post retirement investment, advocating a “mass customization” model which can be provided through super funds to create tailored strategies for the large number of people who cannot afford financial planning. Russell this week released the second paper in its Retirement Solutions research series which outlines the […]

Technology the key to engagement

The better use of technology and social media could help super funds increase their engagement with members, the ASFA conference in Sydney was told last week. Don Hess, managing director of product services at JP Morgan Retirement Plan Services, said that “data smarter” communications could be harnessed to initiate conversations with members on the “adequacy” […]
Hedge Funds

Future Fund warns on EU regulatory risk

The head of infrastructure at the $80 billion Future Fund has cited regulatory risk in Europe and the United Kingdom as reasons to be wary about infrastructure investment in the region. Dr Raphael Arndt, the Future Fund’s head of infrastructure and timberlands, told the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) conference this week that […]
Investment Strategy

ASFA turns 50

Pauline Vamos is chief executive of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). Ahead of ASFA’s 50th anniversary conference this week, she tells IM Online about the organisation’s heritage, and its future role in a changing superannuation landscape.
Hedge Funds

Stack’s time up
at Future Fund

Mitchell Stack, director of debt investments at the Future Fund, is leaving to join Bain Capital’s Sankaty Advisors, which manages some of the fund’s high-yield investments. Stack joined the Future Fund in 2007 from US bond firm, Western Asset Management, and has built the debt team within the Future Fund. Boston-based Sankaty manages just under […]
Hedge Funds

Gerard Noonan: minding the media

For as long as there has been the Superannuation Guarantee, Gerard Noonan has been involved with guiding the superannuation returns of his fellow journalists and media workers. The former editor of the Australian Financial Review traces his involvement in superannuation back to the beginnings of the old JUST scheme – the Journalists Union Superannuation Scheme […]
Hedge Funds

Where standard risk
approaches fail

Towers Watson is recommending better, broader ways of measuring and monitoring risk, and uses the concept of the “irreversibility of time” to illustrate where standard approaches to risk and return can fall down. Martin Goss, senior investment consultant with Towers Watson and a member of the Thinking Ahead Group, said that investment is “about an […]
Hedge Funds

Does growth mean volatility
or just growth?

When Mercer released its global pension index in October, there was a vigorous discussion about the fact that Australia was “marked down” as a result of having a higher percentage of its superannuation assets allocated to growth. In fact, the nation’s growth assets were rated at between 71 and 80 per cent – the highest […]