retirement savings

Opinion

A letter to Tony Abbott

Dear Prime Minister In January 1999 you gave a highly persuasive speech about the folly of Australia swapping its current constitution for an unproven model. In the speech, which appears in a book entitled Men and Women of Australia, our greatest modern speeches, you recognised that the current constitution had some alarming incongruities, but for […]
Opinion

Funds keep cool in super tax heat

Teenagers are more likely to suffer from depression if they see their parents arguing often. In a Cambridge University research paper published late last year, it was claimed that those who witness frequent arguments and possess a gene making them more sensitive are significantly more likely to become depressed. The findings are important but hardly […]
CMSF

Fear and complexity key to disengagement

Disengagement in superannuation funds is caused by members’ fear of loss, confusion over decision making, and embarrassment at small savings levels, a behavioural economist told delegates. The findings came from interviews with 1500 super fund members carried out by market research firm, the Leading Edge. It found 67 per cent had no interaction with their […]
Unintentional

First Super: two chairs, one goal

Allan Stewart and Michael O’Connor may be on either side of the employer/union divide but when it comes to issues of superannuation, they are as one. The two are co-chairs of the First Super industry fund, with Stewart the employer representative and O’Connor, who is also national secretary of the Construction, Mining, Forestry and Energy […]