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Superpartners: The journey to Rhodes

“You really should visit our offices in Rhodes”.

In a sector renowned for thinning profit margins and risky, expensive product development, the ebullience of Link Group has stood out. So it…

Whitehelm Capital wins first client in 8 years

Whitehelm Capital, formerly Access Capital Advisors, has reopened for business after several years of being closed to new clients.

It is publicising this decision with news of its first client win…

Three funds move into social impact space

The $31 billion QBE investment portfolio is to place $100m in social impact bonds in the belief that opportunities for such investments will expand greatly in the years to come.

It…

ACSI: Australian companies, probably the best governed in the world

The standard of governance among listed Australian companies leads the world, states the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors’ (ACSI), after it unveiled progress on checking excessive pay.

ACSI’s annual survey on…

Sunsuper seeks more smart partnerships with fund managers

Sunsuper is to expand on its success in partnering with distressed debt and private equity managers by seeking partnerships with listed equity managers too.

The $30 billion fund has gained large…

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Superpartners: The journey to Rhodes

“You really should visit our offices in Rhodes”. In a sector renowned for thinning profit margins and risky, expensive product development, the ebullience ... [more]

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Whitehelm Capital wins first advisory client in 8 years

Whitehelm Capital, formerly Access Capital Advisors, has reopened for business after several years of being closed to new clients. It is publicising this ... [more]

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Three funds move into social impact investment space

The $31 billion QBE investment portfolio is to place $100m in social impact bonds in the belief that opportunities for such investments will ... [more]

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ACSI: Australian companies, probably the best governed in the world

The standard of governance among listed Australian companies leads the world, states the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors’ (ACSI), after it unveiled progress ... [more]

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Sunsuper seeks more smart partnerships with fund managers

Sunsuper is to expand on its success in partnering with distressed debt and private equity managers by seeking partnerships with listed equity managers ... [more]

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Many thought Alice Springs was an odd choice for last week’s AIST ASI conference. Perhaps the rationale was not explained well, but CEO ... [more]

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Super funds may soon have to display industry average fund performance and fees on their MySuper product dashboards. Speaking at the AIST ASI ... [more]

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QSuper spreads word on peer unaware benchmarks

QSuper used two sessions at the AIST ASI conference to explain its shift away from peer-benchmark investing, following its move to cohort strategies ... [more]

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Ken Marshman’s riposte to Grattan Institute report

An alternative set of proposals for reducing costs and boosting competition to those in the Grattan Institute Super Sting report, were presented by ... [more]

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Tasplan-Quadrant to lay down law to global equity managers

A combined $4 billion Tasplan and Quadrant Super is to reassess all global equity managers on their willingness to screen out tobacco stocks. ... [more]

Budget crisis? What crisis? Four investors give their views

Talk of an economic crisis has dominated the front pages of newspapers ever since Joe Hockey delivered his budget speech on May 13. ... [more]

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Numbers moving to SMSF stalls

David Atkin, chief executive of Cbus has declared the growth in members of industry funds leaving for self-managed super funds at an end. ... [more]

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Banks and industry funds unite against FSI proposals

“It is clear…. that the banking system is considerably less competitive than the superannuation system, is systemically more risky and extracts a greater ... [more]

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The political shame in delaying rises in SGC for 7 years

There is a global pension underfunding crisis and yet Australians are set to lose $128 billion in savings because the Federal Government has ... [more]

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AMP Multi Asset Group structure finalised

AMP has finished the centralisation of its fund manager teams, creating four separate chief investment officer roles under the leadership of Sean Henaghan. ... [more]

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Future Fund creates twin leadership roles

The Future Fund has promoted internally to fill its chief investment officer role, while passing the responsibility for portfolio risk setting to another ... [more]

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Kinetic Super stands figures on their head

Kinetic Super has defended its cost structure from analysis which shows it having the highest operational costs of all superannuation funds as a ... [more]

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Legalsuper seeks first ever CIO

An experienced investment professional seeking a better work-life balance is being sought by Legalsuper as its first ever chief investment officer. The $2.3 ... [more]

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RiceWarner: beating annuities “easy” for super funds

Superannuation funds can offer retirement accounts that easily exceed the income from annuities, believes Rice Warner. Michael Rice, chief executive of the actuarial ... [more]

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Average operational costs per member rising

Operational costs are on the rise and on a per member basis have nearly doubled in ten years, shows analysis carried out by ... [more]

Widespread call for hybrid TPD/IP insurance cover

Funds, insurers and consultants are calling for the creation of an insurance product that sits half way between TPD cover and income protection. ... [more]

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Why does Sunsuper invest in hedge funds?

Sunsuper’s hedge fund program has comfortably beaten global equity returns after fees since 2007. To Bruce Tomlinson, portfolio manager for Sunsuper’s $1.6 billion ... [more]

Funds face legal threat for ignoring member requests on carbon assets

An Australian superannuation fund is being singled out for possible legal action over a failure to engage with its members on the risks ... [more]

Leeanne Turner is FEAL Fund Executive of the Year

Leeanne Turner, chief executive officer of the Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation Fund (MTAA Super), has been named the fund executive of ... [more]

Five reasons why the Grattan Institute threatens superannuation as we know it

The Grattan Institute report, Super sting: how to stop Australians paying too much for superannuation, has caused much consternation in superannuation. Some have ... [more]

AustralianSuper claims growing influence on ASX200 governance

Superannuation funds are winning their efforts to make Australian companies adopt long term thinking, according to Andrew Gray, investment manager, governance at AustralianSuper. ... [more]

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David Murray profile: superannuation put on trial

How worried should the superannuation industry be by the contents of the Financial System Inquiry’s interim report? The comments made by David Murray ... [more]

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Funds and ASX companies to get to know each other better

The Governance Institute of Australia has launched Principles and Guidelines for the interaction between institutional investors and ASX listed companies. At the launch ... [more]

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Burden of proof lies with funds over fees

David Murray told me it was “clear” the return from active managers is not worth the extra cost when talking to me the ... [more]

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Only one fund saving millions through tax efficiency

This week marks the two year anniversary of Qantas Super becoming the first Australian superannuation fund to implement tax managed centralised portfolio management. ... [more]

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Unisuper considers passive benchmark as Murray review response

Unisuper would consider benchmarking its returns after fees with a diversified passively run portfolio to justify the use of active management. The proposal ... [more]

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Future Fund innovates on performance fees

The Future Fund has created a novel way to structure agreements with managers on two of its Australian airport investments to improve alignment ... [more]

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Murray offers no quick fix on retirement income

The removal of impediments to the creation of retirement income products should not go ahead until there is greater consensus on what purpose ... [more]

Heads of merged NSW funds named

Mark O’Brien has been picked to head portfolio management for the amalgamated $60 billion New South Wales government funds. O’Brien, who is currently ... [more]

Michael Dwyer calls for industry unity to save group cover

The survival of group insurance depends on funds, trustees, regulators and insurers working as a team, says Michael Dwyer, chief executive of First ... [more]

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ASIC: super “fee inconsistencies” not good enough

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission is urging superannuation funds to draft their own set of fee transparency guidelines ahead of its own ... [more]

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Stress endemic among super executive teams

Executives in financial services and superannuation funds  are “chronically stressed” and internal teams are showing wear and tear according to Kamal Sarma, a ... [more]

Sunsuper CEO pledges to lower fees

Scott Hartley has pledged lower fees for Sunsuper members in a bullish statement on the fund’s ability to become top choice for corporate ... [more]

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Superpartners put under review

AustralianSuper, Cbus, Hesta, MTAA and Hostplus are conducting a review of their reliance on Superpartners as the sole source of IT for investment ... [more]

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REST credits insurance rethink as they scoop top fund award

REST Super scooped Super Fund of the Year, in large part due to pioneering a new insurance offering for members said Damian Hill. ... [more]

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QSuper wins pension fund of the year

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Super fund award winners named

The winners of the Chant West | Conexus Financial Super Fund Awards have been announced at a ceremony at Ivy Ballroom in Sydney, ... [more]

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LUCRF to offer free SuperStream services to employers

Greg Sword the outgoing chief executive of LUCRF has revealed how his fund is arguably the best prepared in the industry to take ... [more]

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MetLife halts annuity product: LGS back to square one

Met Life has scaled back its variable business in Australia, ending its nascent deal with Local Government Super, but staying committed to its ... [more]

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AustralianSuper member activism on the rise

AustralianSuper is seeing increasing member enquiries on how their super is invested, as funds generally report greater member engagement. Hilary Spear, head of ... [more]

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Cbus conducts data leak investigation

Cbus is conducting an investigation into allegations printed in the Australian Financial Review that member details were secretly passed to a union boss ... [more]

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Mark Delaney fears a stampede out of equities

A market wide deleveraging out of equities could be the next big investment risk facing superannuation funds, Mark Delaney, chief investment officer of ... [more]

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Wolf of Wall Street litigator to visit Melbourne and Sydney

One of the world’s leading financial services litigation lawyers is to make a keynote address at the IMCA annual conference in Sydney (on ... [more]