Peter Lambert

Hedge Funds

Local Government Super divestment policy brings return

Local Government Super (LGS) has won SuperRating’s Infinity award for leadership in sustainable and responsible investment for the fourth time. The $9 billion fund now has more than $5 billion of members’ savings in sustainable and responsible investment strategies, including shares, private equity and direct property assets, the largest commitment of any super fund in […]

How technology is evolving super

A survey of superannuation fund chairs taken at the Conexus Financial Chair Forum, in conjunction with Milestone, earlier this year revealed a disconnection within superannuation. While chairs wanted to spend time on providing advice to members and to improving inhouse investment management, in reality they were being hindered by the time they had to spend […]
Investment Strategy

Tech alliance against banks gathers momentum

Scott Hartley has called on profit-for-member funds to work as a collective to match the investment made by banks in new technology. At an AIST lunch in Sydney, the Sunsuper chief executive said if funds could keep adding services while maintaining or reducing fees, then banks would be deterred from competing. Such collective action would […]
Hedge Funds

LGS bulks up investment committee

Local Government Super (LGS) has appointed Bev Durston and Robert Swift as its first independent investment committee members. Both were appointed after what the fund described as a “comprehensive search”. They will assist the committee in monitoring the performance of investment managers and oversee the work of the internal investment team and external asset consultant […]
Hedge Funds

LGS board rocked by nuclear fallout

A disagreement between Local Government Super (LGS) and the trade union Depa over whether to invest in nuclear energy stocks has led to the replacement of the union’s director at the fund. The decision by Depa follows the fund’s move to drop its screen on companies involved in nuclear power generation, while at the same […]

In the minds of super trustees

What is bothering trustees? Investment Magazine conducted an online poll that attracted a substantial and impassioned response, with several respondents sending us emails in addition to the poll pointing out the absence of climate change and hedging to avoid the climate bubble in the choices given below. Another put forward environmental and social governance issues […]

The paperless boardroom

The classic board table scene is changing. Where once it featured stacks of board papers, now it’s increasingly common to see a series of iPads instead. It’s a new way of communicating for trustees, as boards transition to universal adoption of mobile devices. It’s easy to assume the move to paperless is entrenched in the […]
Investment Strategy

New chair at LGS promises more growth, ESG

New Local Government Super (LGS) chair, Bruce Miller, says the superannuation fund is focused on growth post-global financial crisis (GFC), with the board open to potential mergers and its attention fixed firmly on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment strategies. Miller, a former Cowra Shire mayor recently elected for a two-year term, said the $7-billion […]