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Investment Strategy

How new privacy laws impact trustees

The most significant suite of changes to privacy law in over twenty years take effect on 12 March 2014. In order to comply trustees must have a privacy complaints process and a new type of privacy policy. Most importantly they must control how the personal information they collect is stored, accessed and used, or risk […]
Governance

Cyber crime threat to superannuation

In a bid to protect members’ data and money from hackers, First Super is considering the practicality of completely isolating its member database from the internet. Under its plan, no terminal that can access the master database will be connected or connectible to the internet. This might seem far fetched and some in the industry […]
Investment Strategy

Dashboard feedback suggests change

The public has turned its nose up at graphical representations of risk on the MySuper product dashboard and asked the Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC) to make it simpler. Qualitative consumer market research in September has gauged reactions to the information funds must provide on MySuper products and expectations around disclosure. Speaking at the Australian […]
Industry View

Disclose and flourish: AIST

As part of an overhaul of Australia’s $1.5-trillion retirement savings sector, super funds are heading into a new era of disclosure and transparency. Draft regulations released last month reveal the depth and extent of information that the industry regulators want Australian super funds to disclose to their members and the wider public. As one corporate […]
CMSF

Helping to address the underinsurance gap

In today’s digital world, super funds are under increasing pressure to provide mobile and tech-savvy members with a greater range of online tools and capability. At the same time funds are grappling to balance a range of other priorities, including regulatory change and pressure to deliver superior member outcomes. Over the past eight years, we’ve […]
Custody

The great data challenge

The challenge: combine investment data with member-specific details and present the particular information in a way that satisfies the needs of regulators, internal auditors and accountants. Currently, super funds have to collect around 900 data items on a regular basis to satisfy the needs of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). With effect from July, […]
Custody

The incredible expanding world of custody

A central, if often overlooked feature of Australia’s super funds is that they have, for a very long time, worked closely with external service providers in their pursuit of world best practice. In relation to custody and securities services, this is a very sensible approach. The scale, geographic reach, and massive investment in technology of […]
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