Australian Super

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Ways of investing in China: AIST Global Dialogue

Delegates at the recent AIST Global Dialogue tour heard of several ways that superannuation funds could invest in China’s amazing continued rate of growth. The value of Chinese equities has fallen from around 35 times earnings in 2007 to below 10 times earnings now. This is a clear buying opportunity for Stuart Rae, chief investment […]
Investment Strategy

Super Fund Awards’ finalists announced

The finalists of the Chant West/Conexus Financial Super Fund Awards have been announced by the research house Chant West. The fund ratings firm has named finalists across 10 categories, including Super and Pension Funds of the Year. Those nominated for Super Fund of the Year are AustralianSuper, CareSuper, Equip, HOSTPLUS, MLC, Plum, QSuper, REST, Sunsuper, […]
Unintentional

The characteristics of successful investment leaders

A key ingredient for success in any organisation is strong leadership. It is common in the corporate world for the chief executive to change every five to 10 years as the organisation evolves. Are the same principles true for large institutional investors? Roger Urwin, global head of investment content at Towers Watson, who also leads […]
Custody

More work for superannuation funds to do on costs

Within the Superannuation industry, cost has become a key factor for funds. Legislative reforms now require trustees of MySuper funds to consider whether their scale disadvantages members. This approach of ‘encouraged consolidation’ is premised on the assumption that bigger funds deliver lower costs for members. The focus on costs is important because while investment returns […]
Investment Strategy

‘Rush’ to boost internal investment capability

The pace of increase in internal investment teams at superannuation funds is increasing, according to an Investment Magazine survey. Feedback from 19 chief investment officers at some of the largest super funds found that 40 per cent are planning on adding internal capacity over the next three years. A year ago the same survey found […]
Unintentional

The anatomy of an infrastructure deal

Why did the Manchester Airports Group go into partnership with Industry Funds Management earlier this year? DAVID ROWLE Y spoke to both sides of the deal. There is not enough infrastructure for Australian superannuation funds to invest in. Governments find the transactions difficult to explain to the public, while other owners of infrastructure are wary […]
Hedge Funds

Building inhouse team at State Super

State Super is building its inhouse team, appointing former AMP Capital chief investment officer, Mark O’Brien, to general manager of investments. In a move that echoes a rising industry trend of hiring outside the sector, State Super’s chief executive, John Livanas, says industry silos are being broken down and it’s a good thing for the […]
Unintentional

Super sidles up to social media

Industry funds are taking to social media engagement, but an aversion to risk and leaner resourcing means Australian funds still lag behind other countries. An analysis of the social media footprint of 34 super funds shows that only approximately one-third of funds have a searchable social media presence, with levels of engagement varying significantly. “There’s […]
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