Superannuation funds

Industry View

The future super fund CEO

Let’s for a moment think about what a major super fund might look like in 10 years’ time and what that will mean for a future chief executive. Firstly, a quick reminder of the industry shape in a decade. The received wisdom is that the superannuation fund industry could well end up with a small […]
Industry View

An operational revolution

The Australian superannuation industry has been placed under tremendous pressure from a variety of directions. In recent years it has suffered countless government inquiries into fees charged to members. As guardians of national wealth, some of this attention is expected. In response, industry funds now have an opportunity to prepare for the future and end […]
Industry View

AIST view point: comparing standards of governance

It’s become fashionable – particularly with the current discussion stemming from the Financial System Inquiry – to compare super funds to banks.  This is particularly so when the talk turns to governance. Speaking at the recent ASFA conference in Melbourne, the former federal treasurer Peter Costello commented that super funds should be subject to the […]
Hedge Funds

When a currency hedge is not a hedge

Surprisingly little research has been done in the area of how a superannuation fund should hedge out its foreign currency exposure, says Robert Goodlad, former senior managing director of State Street Global Advisors. As superannuation funds continue to invest more internationally, it is vital that more research be conducted to find better solutions to manage […]
Investment Strategy

Funds prepping for independent appointments

Superannuation funds are lining up possible candidates and calculating costs in the widely held expectation that the Federal Government will make it mandatory to fill one third of boards with independent directors. Andrew Fairley, Chairman of Equip, expects a change within six months and said the new ‘one third’ independent director structure would be a […]
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