Chant West

Investment Strategy

The impact of reinsurance on product design

Over the past few years several direct insurers and reinsurers have exited the superannuation market in Australia over high claims and concerns over poor data, which has done little to help the reduced but still persistent life underinsurance gap. This exit has caused a lack of capacity, particularly reinsurance capacity, and is the biggest problem […]
Investment Strategy

Rehabilitation becoming preferred alternative to TPD

Group insurance needs to move away from total and permanent disability (TPD) lump sum payment to income replacement and rehabilitation, a variety of insurance experts agree. There is a desire, coming from multiple quarters of the industry, do this as it is more sustainable for business and gives a better outcome to members “Rather than […]
Policy and Regulation

Ken Marshman’s riposte to Grattan Institute report

An alternative set of proposals for reducing costs and boosting competition to those in the Grattan Institute Super Sting report, were presented by Ken Marshman, chair of REST Super at the AIST ASI conference in Alice Springs. In a stirring and strident presentation which avoided an outright confrontation with Jim Minifie, the author of Super […]
Hedge Funds

Kinetic Super stands figures on their head

Kinetic Super has defended its cost structure from analysis which shows it having the highest operational costs of all superannuation funds as a proportion of member assets. Megan Bolton, chief executive of the super fund for whom many members do contract work and often accrue small member balances, says costs have come down by a […]
Unintentional

Group Insurance Summit 2014 – Wrap Up

Superfunds and consultants call for hybrid TPD/IP insurance cover Funds, insurers and consultants are calling for the creation of an insurance product that sits half way between TPD and income protection. Read more… Funds can make impact in cutting chronic diseases Australia has reached a tipping point in obesity which compels change. Read more… Bernie Ripoll and […]
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