Russell Mason

Investment Strategy

The highs and lows of 2015

When we quizzed a group of leading figures and funds to pick their biggest causes for celebration in 2015, the special outcomes from the growing scale and sophistication of the very largest superannuation funds stood out. Where the industry has pulled together on investment fees and product innovation there have been further triumphs. The triumphs […]
Post-Retirement

Member research will make or break products

Research into members is crucial for success and engagement for retirement products, but so far it has been lacking, industry leaders agree. The data currently available to funds does not allow for effective development of products or communication with members because it is too general detracting from tailoring and sectorisation, participants at the 7th annual […]
Governance

Super Salary Survey: How do they line up?

Two philosophies dominate superannuation remuneration – those who believe top dollar and bonuses attract the best, and those who believe this is the antithesis of the profit-to-members ethos John Pearce, chief investment officer of UniSuper, was the highest paid employee in industry superannuation in 2014.  In a not-for-profit sector where there is widespread unease at high […]
Opinion

Independents “inevitable” – what about diversity?

The compulsory appointment of independent directors to superannuation fund boards is “inevitable within 18 months” believes Deloitte superannuation partner, Russell Mason, who sees it is an opportunity to address lack of diversity. Mason is urging funds to stop seeing the move as a threat, and instead to embrace it as an opportunity to build their […]
Unintentional

Debate: Favouring IP over TPD

The following people met recently to discuss the sustainability of insurance. Jeff Humphreys, principal, CHR Consulting; Linda Winterbottom, senior rehabilitation specialist, CommInsure; Bernard O’Connor, company secretary, NGS; Helen Hewett, executive officer, Industry Funds Forum; Colin Cassidy national insurance manager, HOSTPLUS; Frank Crapis, head of industry funds, Comminsure; Margo Lydon, chief executive, SuperFriend and Russell Mason, […]
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