super funds

FEAL Annual Conference

Jack Gray: responsible investment debate censored

Responsible investment is dominated by political correctness and is being pushed through by super funds with too little debate, according to Jack Gray, adjunct professor of finance at the Paul Woolley Centre for Capital Markets Dysfunctionality at the University of Technology Sydney. Talking to the annual Fund Executive Association Limited National Conference in Melbourne, Gray […]
Investment Strategy

Atkin defends Cbus union link

Cbus chief executive David Atkin has defended Cbus’ union relationships after a Liberal MP criticised potential conflicts of interest arising from union representation on boards. In a speech last week, Liberal member for Bradfield in the Australian Parliament Paul Fletcher said the union movement has a disproportionate degree of influence over Australia’s superannuation sector. “I […]
Industry View

Disclose and flourish: AIST

As part of an overhaul of Australia’s $1.5-trillion retirement savings sector, super funds are heading into a new era of disclosure and transparency. Draft regulations released last month reveal the depth and extent of information that the industry regulators want Australian super funds to disclose to their members and the wider public. As one corporate […]
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 […]
Hedge Funds

Andrew Fairley Q&A

Andrew Fairley, chair at Equipsuper and lawyer at DLA Piper, was one of the first in the legal profession to carve out a superannuation practice specialty after he identified a gap in advice to super funds. How did you move into the superannuation space as a lawyer? I got into superannuation in 1978 because I saw it as […]
CMSF

Early intervention key
to easing claims

There’s an endless tide of flow-on effects from the stark growth in the volume of claims across the life insurance sector. While it’s encouraging that more Australians are becoming aware of the availability of their life insurance benefits, the rise in disability claims in particular places enormous financial and societal pressure on funds, insurers, reinsurers, […]
Unintentional

Jeremy Cooper’s advice to super funds

Chairman of retirement income at Challenger and author of the eponymous industry review, Jeremy Cooper, confronts the fact that superannuation is a savings system rather than one designed to provide income in retirement. With Amal Awad at Conexus Financial’s Post-Retirement Conference earlier this month, he discusses how the industry might adapt to this role in […]
Hedge Funds

Actuaries Institute’s Melinda Howes Q&A

Chief executive officer of the Actuaries Institute, Melinda Howes, spoke to Amal Awad about how actuaries contribute to the superannuation industry. Being a woman in a powerful role with a family, how do you find a work/life balance? I didn’t think about this when I started my career, but working as an actuary is a fantastic […]
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