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Hedge Funds

Future Fund reallocates assets to reduce risk

The Future Fund has shifted its allocation away from developed markets equities and debt securities as it uses dynamic management to reduce risk levels at the margins. The volatile environment in global markets has led, in the past year, to a portfolio reduction of 360 basis points of equities in developed markets, a 130 basis […]
CIO profiles

Profile: Craig Turnbull CIO Local Government Super

Some of Local Government Super’s ideas on ESG arise from a requirement that even its most red-blooded active manager must research it as part of their investment process. Chief investment officer, Craig Turnbull, says: “We will only use managers that think about ESG factors when making their investment decisions, so that it is making a […]
Investment Strategy

Legalsuper bucks premium trend

Legalsuper has been able to negotiate a three year premium freeze on group insurance with OnePath owing to the low risk profile of its members. It has also gained unlimited death cover, a rise in TPD cover from $2 million to $3 million, a doubling in increased terminal illness benefit to $2 million and increase […]
CIO profiles

Granular asset allocation – David Neal, CIO profile

Many will quickly tell you there is greater return to be made from smart asset allocation than from manager selection, but few investors will jump to expand on this theory the way the Future Fund does. For David Neal, chief investment officer of the fund, strategic portfolio construction is typically done at too high a […]
Hedge Funds

Harnessing member data

Despite being a sector which has always been required to maintain data on its members (i.e. customers), superannuation funds have been slow to embrace data analytics. Part of the reason for this is that administration systems designed primarily to record basic member data have typically not been flexible enough to readily provide more valuable information […]
Opinion

Why is an investment philosophy important?

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing” Warren Buffet, an outstanding long-term investor. An investment philosophy is a roadmap for your fund. Imagine you are driving without a map or a GPS. All you have are signs that appear from time to time telling you what towns or villages are coming up and how […]
Investment Strategy

Half a million Queenlanders put into retirement cohorts

QSuper has given a teasing snippet of its progress in placing default fund members into group cohorts. This month it moved $21.7 billion of savings for 440,000 members into separate group strategies designed for specific ages, account balance, contribution rate and gender, but has not revealed the nature of each strategy. The switch has occurred […]
Unintentional

Retirement adequacy – a common trap

Does ASIC’s MoneySmart website retirement income calculator produce estimates that contravene the Corporations Act? Consider the following BBQ conversation: Bill:  “I’m retiring next month and was just using ASIC’s MoneySmart calculator to see how much income my superannuation will provide me” Bob: “That is really of interest to me as I won’t be far behind […]
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