engagement

Hedge Funds

AustralianSuper member activism on the rise

AustralianSuper is seeing increasing member enquiries on how their super is invested, as funds generally report greater member engagement. Hilary Spear, head of corporate affairs, AustralianSuper revealed the heightened interest in environmental, social and corporate governance at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees’ Employer Engagement Symposium, held in Melbourne last week. She said: “Shareholder activism […]
Hedge Funds

Member engagement and activity link questioned

The accepted belief that the most engaged superannuation members are the most active has been called into question by an academic from the University of New South Wales. A survey of 675 Unisuper members found the greatest proportion of fund switching or adjustment in insurance cover was carried out by members who were not fully […]
FEAL Annual Conference

No negative impact from tobacco divestment

Divesting from tobacco has had a negligible impact on returns, the Fund Executives Association Limited annual conference heard in a speech from a leading anti-smoking campaigner. Dr Bronwyn King, radiation oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Epworth Healthcare, said the analysis carried out by some of the 10 large superannuation funds that had […]
Governance

Fast, custom advice a reality

Technological advances in scaled advice in the US mean investment plans are being finalised in as little as three days, unlike the six to eight weeks common in Australia, according to Vanguard. Growing use of paperless procedures, programs that automatically calculate wealth management plans and video conferencing have all sped up the process. Karin Risi, […]
Unintentional

Engagement: how funds connect to members

When Sunsuper recently ran a series of focus groups, the questions they asked members were a touch left of field. One question asked what they would prefer – a visit to the dentist or doing their super. Not surprisingly, the results showed Australians could be better “engaged”, given 16 per cent preferred giving up television […]
Insurance

The power of language in engagement

There’s competitive advantage to be had in the insurance space for superannuation funds using behaviour-change thinking and models, says behavioural consultant Michael Daddo, managing director of The Shannon Group. “Some of the funds are waking up to the importance of insurance as a value creation and a way of getting members engaged with the product […]
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