Australian super funds

Hedge Funds

Mortgage biggest cohort consideration: REST

Pre-retirees are prioritising paying off mortgages ahead of retirement planning, suggesting cohorts based on debt liabilities should be considered, says Paul Sayer, chief operating officer REST. The findings are based on member research carried out by REST. “People are living longer and thinking about a longer investment horizon, but they want to pay that debt […]
Opinion

100% ESG

The recently launched Good Super is dedicated to pursuing investments that overcome the “grand challenges” in Australian society, writes RACHEL ALEMBAKIS. Aron Ping D’Souza, executive chairman of Good Super, believes superannuation provides the combination of time, money, and intent needed to answer “grand challenges” facing Australian society. If it invests wisely he believes it can […]
Opinion

Infrastructure assets: not a silver bullet for inflation

It is commonly stated that infrastructure helps protect portfolios from inflation, but Justin Webb, associate director of Access Capital and member of the Investment Management Consultants Association & Mike Wright senior associate at Access Capital Partners believe this claim does not always stand up to close scrutiny. It is often claimed that infrastructure investments provide […]
Investment Strategy

Insurance “pain” invites new approach

Rising insurance claims have seen a number of superannuation funds recently renegotiate premiums, with some pundits predicting it’s the start of broad sweeping changes for large funds. In the last week both Cbus Super and Equip announced changes to their insurance cover, as both funds renegotiated terms with their insurer, Hannover Life Re of Australasia. […]
Investment Strategy

Small caps pay off for IFM

Investment in small caps has paid off for Industry Funds Management (IFM), reporting outperformance of about 14 per cent in its first year. Chief executive of IFM, Brett Himbury, said its team of four, poached from Macquarie more than 12 months ago, has addressed a gap in small-caps management. “We actually spoke to our clients, […]
Industry View

Disclose and flourish: AIST

As part of an overhaul of Australia’s $1.5-trillion retirement savings sector, super funds are heading into a new era of disclosure and transparency. Draft regulations released last month reveal the depth and extent of information that the industry regulators want Australian super funds to disclose to their members and the wider public. As one corporate […]
CMSF

Delegates swayed by equity manager

A leading equity manager persuaded delegates of the virtue of relatively high equity holdings in superannuation portfolios. At the start of this session, Justin Wood of Vinva Investment Management asked delegates to consider if members’ investments outside of super should be considered when setting a default investment strategy. The initial feedback from the audience was […]
Investment Strategy

Super funds continue rally

Australian super funds are at their highest level in some years – just 1.4 per cent under their pre-global financial crisis highs, according to research house SuperRatings. The performance results come as Sunsuper announced it had reached $20 billion under management, after 15-per-cent growth in the last year. Sunsuper now has 1.2 million members and […]
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