insurance premiums

Investment Strategy

AustralianSuper spends to save on premiums

Sustainable group insurance is a scale game that needs significant resources, Richard Weatherhead, head of group insurance at AustralianSuper, told delegates at the Group Insurance Summit. He revealed how in the fund’s bid to weather a storm of rising claims, lawyer intervention in such claims and higher premiums it had raised the numbers employed in […]
Investment Strategy

Insurance “pain” invites new approach

Rising insurance claims have seen a number of superannuation funds recently renegotiate premiums, with some pundits predicting it’s the start of broad sweeping changes for large funds. In the last week both Cbus Super and Equip announced changes to their insurance cover, as both funds renegotiated terms with their insurer, Hannover Life Re of Australasia. […]
Insurance

Mental health management plan ready for 2015

SuperFriend has joined forces with Australia’s seven largest insurers to find ways of reducing the incidence of mental illness among insurance claimants. The charity created by industry superannuation funds is currently helping to scope a project to kick off early next year that will have findings by the end of 2014. The imperative for the […]
Hedge Funds

Brandweiner: value universal ownership

As the Australian superannuation industry and its large players grow, the industry should be rethinking its role in the system from a longer term perspective, said Richard Brandweiner, newly appointed director of investment services at First State Super. Speaking at last week’s ACSI conference in Melbourne in a session on ESG-themed investing, he said his opinion […]
CMSF

Funds vow to fight SMSF exodus

Leading superannuation funds are preparing to strike back against the appeal of self-managed super funds (SMSFs) by offering inhouse self-managed options to members. In a panel session which revealed how SMSFs now represent 32 per cent of all superannuation funds, larger than any other sector, HOSTPLUS said it would be offering members a self-managed investment […]