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WA Super appoints Towers Watson as asset consultant

WA Super has appointed Towers Watson as asset consultant of its $2 billion investment portfolio for a three year initial term. The Perth based fund said Towers Watson was selected because of its breadth and depth of global research, the strength of its investment beliefs and investment strategy formulation process, as well as its innovation […]
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Super funds get closer to optimal long term investing

Superannuation funds are tapping into a global research project to find a new form of long-term investment management. The Thinking Ahead Institute is pooling feedback from a group of 31 international fund managers and pension funds to help create the structure for a long term mandate that has scale, low fees and ultimately gives members […]
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Superannuation in fourth place worldwide

Australian superannuation funds achieved the fourth highest growth rate of funds under management worldwide between 2009-2014, according to Towers Watson. Only Chinese, South Korea and Norwegian pension funds achieved higher growth rates when measured in US dollars, while Australia overtakes Norway to move third when assets are measured in local currency. Chinese funds grew an […]
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Graeme Miller: lets resolve growth/ defensive debate

I have followed with great interest the debate that has been taking place in your magazine over recent weeks about the classification of “growth” and “defensive” assets for superannuation funds.  This is an important topic, and the current discussion and debate is timely. The primary purpose of superannuation is to provide retirement income. By its […]
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Profile: Michael Block, CIO, Australian Catholic Super

After two years establishing the investment division for Nambawan Super, Papua New Guinea’s largest pension fund, Michael Block has returned to Australia as the chief investment officer of the $7 billion Australian Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund. Australian Catholic Super had good performance for many years but a more conservative asset allocation than some others […]
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Smart beta evolves

The name smart beta originates from Towers Watson and for Tim Unger head of advisory portfolio management at the firm, its key purpose and use by investors is to side step certain expensive fund management products. “It’s enabled investors to substantially reduce the costs of accessing strategies that were largely beta like in nature, but […]
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