Fiona Trafford-Walker

Investment Strategy

Ian Silk’s grand ambition for super endorsed by CEOs

Ian Silk’s call for the superannuation industry to raise its game and take on the “grand ambition” of giving all Australians an adequate income in retirement has been endorsed by a cross-section of leading figures. The chief executive of AustralianSuper was speaking at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) annual conference in Brisbane, […]
Hedge Funds

War of words on fees

When Fiona Trafford-Walker, director of consulting at Frontier Advisors, told the AIST ASI conference in September that after years of talking about the possibility of lower fund management fees, funds were starting to make major breakthroughs, there was little fund manager feedback on the speech. Here Franklin Templeton, Schroders, and Vanguard all give their feedback. […]
Opinion

Cbus investment fees cut by 18pc

Cbus cut the investment costs on its $31 billion fund from 77 to 63 bps in the past financial year. Scale benefits from renegotiating fee structures, manager consolidations, savings identified through working with new custodian JP Morgan and the diminishing size of a private equity fund of funds portfolio have all led to the cuts. […]
Investment Strategy

Funds prepping for independent appointments

Superannuation funds are lining up possible candidates and calculating costs in the widely held expectation that the Federal Government will make it mandatory to fill one third of boards with independent directors. Andrew Fairley, Chairman of Equip, expects a change within six months and said the new ‘one third’ independent director structure would be a […]
Investment Strategy

AustralianSuper rejigs decision making

AustralianSuper has ramped up the day-to-day responsibilities of its asset class heads and investment committee, as its board switches its focus to strategy decisions. Chief investment officer Mark Delaney said it’s a move that is already paying off after he collected AustalianSuper’s award for Best Fund, Investments at the Chant West and Conexus Financial Super […]
Hedge Funds

Investment governance is the new black

The question of who makes the investment decisions needs to move to the top of superannuation fund agendas believes Fiona Trafford-Walker director of consulting for Frontier Advisors. “Expect internal governance to become the new black,” she told delegates at the Fiduciary Investors Symposium at Lilianfels, Blue Mountains. She identified the challenges for funds face as […]
Unintentional

The independents debate

Will super funds be better off with more independent trustees? The government thinks so. David Rowley asked the industry their thoughts. Sub-optimal superannuation funds pose a threat to national finances. This is a key starting point for those that urge change to fund boards. The belief runs that with national debt spiralling, the government cannot […]
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