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End of year quiz: match the slogan to the super

Super funds were warned by Tom Garcia, chief executive of AIST, that they “must build their brand or die”, when speaking at the CMSF conference on the Gold Coast back…

LUCRF seeks new CIO

Roger McIntosh has resigned as head of investments at LUCRF after one year in the role, weeks ahead of the appointment of two new independent trustees.

McIntosh took a pay-cut to…

Unisuper to design own retirement products

UniSuper is in the planning stage of building several retirement products for its members rather than rely on off-the-shelf solutions from providers.

The $45 billion fund wants to use its scale…

Opnion: Actuaries find favour with Murray

I have seen David Murray speak three times over the past year and interviewed him for an hour at the office he shared with ASIC in Sydney. What has been…

Superannuation wide open for fraudsters claims hedge fund manager

Australian superannuation has been dubbed the “biggest pool of disengaged investment in the world”, by activist investor John Hempton of Bronte Capital, speaking at the IMCA annual conference.

Hempton, who was…

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End of year quiz: match the slogan to the super fund

Super funds were warned by Tom Garcia, chief executive of AIST, that they “must build their brand or die”, when speaking at the ... [more]

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LUCRF seeks new CIO

Roger McIntosh has resigned as head of investments at LUCRF after one year in the role, weeks ahead of the appointment of two ... [more]

in News

Unisuper to design own retirement products

UniSuper is in the planning stage of building several retirement products for its members rather than rely on off-the-shelf solutions from providers. The ... [more]

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How actuaries came out on top in FSI report

I have seen David Murray speak three times over the past year and interviewed him for an hour at the office he shared ... [more]

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Super wide open for fraud – Trio whistleblower

Australian superannuation has been dubbed the “biggest pool of disengaged investment in the world”, by activist investor John Hempton of Bronte Capital, speaking ... [more]

Turning investment operations into cash – AustralianSuper case study

AustralianSuper has made large savings on brokerage costs for futures contracts, in one of the latest ways its investment operations department is turning ... [more]

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FSI: Threat of banks gaming the system denied

The threat of banks exploiting their business relationships with employers to cross-sell retail superannuation funds has been foiled by recommendations in the Financial ... [more]

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FSI’s backing of independent trustees “unenthusiastic”

The Financial System Inquiry’s recommendation that APRA-regulated superannuation funds should have a majority of independent trustees has been branded “unenthusiastic” by Industry Super ... [more]

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FSI: All funds to pre-select retirement income product for members

Super funds should be required to pre-select a single retirement income product for members, the Financial System Inquiry has recommended, while acknowledging at ... [more]

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Sam Sicilia named CIO of the year

HostPlus’s successful exploitation of the long investment horizon of its young member demographic has seen Sam Sicilia named as the FEAL/ La Trobe ... [more]

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Small fund custodial fees to rise

Small superannuation funds should expect significantly higher custody costs in the next few years as custodians leave the market, a leading consultant has ... [more]

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Cbus adds six to its investment team

Kristian Fok wants to add an Australian equities analyst to better inform the largest stock positions held by Cbus and to help tailor ... [more]

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Sunsuper boosts appeal to national employers

Sunsuper is using its new referral program with the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) to lure national employers based in Melbourne and ... [more]

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HESTA wins AIST’s top award for excellence

HESTA’s ‘one click rollover’ campaign has won the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees’ Platinum Communication Award. The campaign uses big data principles to ... [more]

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G20 finance ministers warm to IFM’s private sector infrastructure proposal

The creation of a global infrastructure hub in Sydney could go some way to filling the estimated $20 trillion infrastructure gap in leading ... [more]

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QSuper imagines long life insurance

QSuper has envisioned a process for creating its own deferred annuity that would be one part investment and one part a group insurance ... [more]

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Quadrant Super and Tasplan confirm $3bn merger

Wayne Davey, the current chief executive of Quadrant, has been chosen to lead the merged operations of Tasplan and Quadrant super funds from ... [more]

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LGS board rocked by nuclear fallout

A disagreement between Local Government Super (LGS) and the trade union Depa over whether to invest in nuclear energy stocks has led to ... [more]

Investors must be free from political direction

The decision of the Australian National University’s endowment to divest shares in seven resource companies is not an unusual move within the context ... [more]

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Cbus board to face unprecedented scrutiny

The governance of Cbus is to face an unprecedented level of public scrutiny after its decision to allow Graeme Samuel, the previous chair ... [more]

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AustralianSuper discloses senior pay and bonuses

AustralianSuper has increased transparency around the pay and bonuses of senior staff in line with regulation and corporate governance best practice. Chief investment ... [more]

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Mercer launches game changer for annuity market

Mercer is applying for a global patent for a group self-annuitisation product that already has three major super funds signed up for launch ... [more]

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Prime Super six months after the merger

Prime Super is open to further mergers, it has put the appointment of a chief investment officer on hold and answered criticism of ... [more]

Funds paying too many TPD claims, says Maurice Blackburn lawyer

Superannuation funds have accepted far too many TPD claims without sufficient scrutiny over the last five years, delegates were told at the AIST ... [more]

Mercer to launch pooled self-annuitisation product

Mercer is to launch a group self-annuitisation product into the Australian market next week. The full details have not yet been disclosed, but ... [more]

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Future Fund co-invests to eke out extra return

The Future Fund is accelerating its program of co-investments as a means of improving its margin of return. Its investment team broadly agrees ... [more]

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AustralianSuper questions MySuper debate

AustralianSuper has broken a long silence on the MySuper debate by defending itself from criticism that it has not innovated. Alistair Barker, investment ... [more]

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Line-up of industry experts to choose best superannuation funds

Conexus Financial, the publisher of Investment Magazine and Professional Planner will again recognise outstanding achievement in superannuation when it hosts the third Superannuation Fund ... [more]

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Paul Sayer to become CEO of TWU Super

Paul Sayer is to leave his post as chief operating officer of REST Superannuation to become chief executive of TWU Super. Sayer will ... [more]

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Anne Whittaker to retire in December

Anne Whittaker, chief investment officer of Australian Catholic Super is to retire and will leave in December after more than six years at ... [more]

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Conservative options face grim five-year forecast

A scenario analysis tool developed by Frontier Advisors is confronting superannuation funds with the likelihood that their return objectives could be difficult to ... [more]

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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 its advisory arm for targeted business after several years of being closed to new clients. ... [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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Is our industry authentic about serving all members?

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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Product dashboards to reveal fund rankings

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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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]

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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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

QSuper has been chosen as Pension Fund of the Year for the second year running at the Chant West | Conexus Finanical Super ... [more]

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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Nominate your fund for the Conexus Financial Superannuation Awards

Entries are now open for the Conexus Financial Superannuation Awards which have evolved to embrace input from key industry stakeholders, whose experience and ... [more]

The third annual Casey Quirk / Top1000 funds CIO sentiment survey

Our survey received responses from chief investment officers representing $223 billion of assets. The main trends from 2014 cover internalisation and asset allocation ... [more]

How to tackle aggressive insurance litigation

Super fund lawyer David Galloway proposes a method for how funds should manage lawyers who launch insurance litigation before there’s anything to argue ... [more]

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Bernartzi’s Eureka moment

Sometimes we know something is wrong, but we need bright sparks like the behavioural economist, Shlomo Bernartzi to explain why in an authoritative ... [more]

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The boutique, growth and value manager approaches to Australian equities

If you run different sets of metrics over the prospects for Australian companies then the best bets will vary enormously. T Rowe Price, ... [more]