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Policy and Regulation

AIST and Mercer create super think-tank

The much mooted idea of a government funded policy advice research institute for superannuation has been pre-empted by a partnership between the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and Mercer. Dubbed the AIST-Mercer Super Tracker, the body will publish yearly updates on the relative fairness of tax concessions on superannuation for high and low income earners […]
Investment Strategy

Opposition to kick-start annuity market

If elected in September, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey says he will encourage the issuance of longer dated government debt in a move to kick-start an Australian annuity market. Longer term index-linked government securities would create a good match for the risk a financial services company takes on when it promises to pay a retiree a […]
Administration

Alpha under threat if organisational risk ignored

Risk assessment is a big part of any investment process and the risk/return tradeoff is one of the most talked about ratios in the investment industry. But while investment risk is well documented, organisational risk has been largely ignored in the pension industry as funds have grown in size and developed in bureaucratic complexity. According […]
Administration

Alpha under threat if organisational risk ignored

Risk assessment is a big part of any investment process and the risk/return tradeoff is one of the most talked about ratios in the investment industry. But while investment risk is well documented, organisational risk has been largely ignored in the pension industry as funds have grown in size and developed in bureaucratic complexity. According […]
Opinion

‘Brand Australia’ can be a fin services job creator

Financial services is not the happiest place to be these days, and nobody’s mood would have been improved by a report last month from JPMorgan Australia chief economist, Stephen Walters. In it he predicts that a slowdown in China will lead to Australia’s unemployment rate doubling between now and late 2010, to a 9 per […]
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