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Hedge Funds

The breaking down of equity buckets

Investors at the Conexus Financial Equities Summit discussed the emerging break down of allocation buckets when investing in equities, as a result of favoured fund managers reaching capacity constraints because of the growth of superannuation funds. As funds continue to get larger they might need to consider giving managers more flexibility with mandates, says Brett […]
Unintentional

Risk officer: a new role for super?

“Financial management in a super fund is not about trying to maximise a profit – it is about minimising costs, expenses and overheads,” says Nick Vamvakas, executive officer risk of Equip, on the old style model for a chief financial officer. The role will always involve operational and compliance duties, but he sees the need […]
Governance

Super Salary Survey: Differences in Disclosure

What do the explanations for remuneration strategies given by funds reveal? The biggest clichés in super fund remuneration statements are that the trustees consult with independent external consultants to ensure pay is in line with industry standards and that incentive pay for CEOs and CIOs is based on key performance indicators (KPIs). Usually this is […]
Governance

Boards urged to focus on strategy, not implementation

A greater focus on strategy and asset allocation rather than smaller matters is a simple step for boards and investment committees to improve fund performance, delegates at the Conexus Financial Chair Forum heard last week. Discussing the relationship between good governance and investment performance, chair of the investment committee at Equip Super, Andrew Pickering, said […]
Investment Strategy

Member activism on the rise

Funds should start preparing for a steady growth in member activism over investments before portfolio disclosure requirements come into force on July 2014, says Danielle Press, chief executive of EquipSuper. While the numbers of members targeting funds is low, the impact could be greater owing to the way replies to questions are being posted online. […]
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 […]
Hedge Funds

New member-research mode at Equipsuper

Equipsuper will be rolling out a brand new insights program over the next year, based on new methodology to conduct member research. Geoff Brooks, executive officer of strategic marketing and communications at Equipsuper, said the fund is conducting roundtable discussions to determine what they need to measure as a business and design research that will […]
Unintentional

MySuper: cause and effect

Ross Jones, deputy chairman of Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, has an unswerving belief in the good that MySuper is bringing. Finding others who agree with him is hard. Leading industry figures spoken to for this article take a more jaundiced view. They say, if anything, compliance has held up funds’ plans to innovate and bring […]
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