Superannuation funds

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 […]
Investment Strategy

Post-retirement boom for providers

Providers of post-retirement products are seeing soaring growth in assets under management as the number of baby boomers entering retirement grows. Challenger saw a 38 per cent growth in fixed term and lifetime annuities for the six months to the end of December 2013. Colonial First State, the leading provider of allocated pensions, has seen […]
Investment Strategy

Budget to unleash infrastructure sell-off

The Federal budget in May is to prioritise measures that will help states sell off brownfield infrastructure assets, the assistant treasurer Arthur Sinodinos has promised. Speaking at a Value Alliance gathering in Sydney, Sinodinos said state governments would be offered incentives to use money gained from asset sales for building new assets – spending that […]
Hedge Funds

Low volatility on the rise

Superannuation funds will make a big shift into low-volatility smart-beta products over the next 12 months, according to Fraser Murray, head of equities at Frontier Advisors. Speaking at a packed Investment Management Consultant Association (IMCA) seminar in Sydney, Murray told how there had been little activity in this space until now, but this was about […]
Investment Strategy

End discrimination against mental health sufferers

Superannuation funds can play a key role in improving medical health care in Australia and closing a $20-billion hole in national productivity, according to a former government adviser. Speaking at a CommInsure | Conexus Financial seminar in Melbourne, John Mendoza, director of ConNetica and former chair of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health, said […]
Hedge Funds

Indonesia last destination for funds

For his first international trip since becoming prime minister, Tony Abbott has taken 20 business leaders representing sectors such as banking, finance, agriculture and infrastructure to Jakarta, but super funds see better opportunities elsewhere in Asia. Consultants, fund managers and superannuation funds say that the research has not been undertaken on Indonesia and there are […]
Investment Strategy

Super Friend attracts government interest

Programs created by Super Friend to cut suicide rates by making workplaces a centre for helping those at risk of mental illness is attracting government interest. Mental health initiatives typically focus on individual members, but Super Friend’s pilot makes members aware of themselves and their colleagues. It also recognises that being connected to the workplace […]
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