Combet: Bigger is better (and inevitable)

Super funds have been heading down the path to massive size for more than two decades. They’ve arrived when the transition to a net-zero economy needs that size the most.

Lachlan Maddock | 21st Jun 2024 | More
How HESTA and ART handle ‘hideous downside scenarios’

Markets now move a lot faster than they did during the GFC, while expected and unexpected threats to them are emerging more often and in combination. How should super funds respond?

Lachlan Maddock | 21st Jun 2024 | More
Where family offices are putting their pots of gold to work

The assets family offices invest in haven’t changed much but the ways they’re investing in them have, according to BNY Mellon Wealth. Meanwhile, cryptocurrencies are seeing more interest as a new generation takes the reins.

Staff Writer | 21st Jun 2024 | More
News
Why the Great Southern Land is custody’s land of opportunity

Australia’s sophisticated super fund market makes it the perfect asset servicing ‘laboratory’ for the international custody banks, which are well-placed to help those funds further their offshore ambitions.

Lachlan Maddock | 19th Jun 2024 | More
‘They’re going ballistic’: AMP slashes redundancy benefits across business

AMP has cut redundancy pay maximums and notice periods in a move that has left long-term employees dismayed after they stuck with the company through the royal commission and its aftermath.

Lachlan Maddock | 14th Jun 2024 | More
HOPE ‘proves the machinery works’ for housing fund

With home ownership still dominating the dinner table conversation, HOPE Housing is working towards getting super funds involved in a unique model that provides attainable housing to essential workers.

Staff Writer | 14th Jun 2024 | More
Comment
‘Not good enough’: AMP should think twice on new redundancy policy

AMP’s best deserve more than its worst, but the unilateral reduction of their redundancy benefits means that’s what they’ve gotten. There’s still time for its executive committee to make good.

Lachlan Maddock | 19th Jun 2024 | More
What big super can learn from small funds

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to member services. Megafunds might be able to mass customise, but when you’ve got two million members it’s tough to bring the personal touch.

Lachlan Maddock | 15th May 2024 | More
First Sentier shows the pressures all fundies are facing

First Sentier’s decision to close a number of strategies and pivot towards private markets handily illustrates the pressures facing the Australian funds management scene – and the new period of competition into which it is now entering.

Lachlan Maddock | 26th Apr 2024 | More
APRA fails its own test on costs

Few would disagree that a strong regulator is required for a strong superannuation system. But APRA’s myopic focus on cost to members means its $70,000 Christmas party is unlikely to help its reputation.

Lachlan Maddock | 19th Apr 2024 | More
INSight #330 with Varun Laijawalla from Ninety One

Varun Laijawalla from Ninety One shares insights with James Dunn from The Inside Network on what investors are suited to emerging markets.

Investor Strategy News | 8th May 2024 | Watch Pause
INSight #323 with Alex Lennard from Ruffer

Alex Lennard from Ruffer shares insights with Laurence Parker-Brown from The Inside Network on whether the previous strategies will continue well in a new regime.

Investor Strategy News | 7th May 2024 | WatchPause
INSight #296 with Wenchang Ma from Ninety One

Wenchang Ma from Ninety One shares insights with James Dunn from The Inside Network on any substitute for going out and meeting companies on the road.

Investor Strategy News | 7th May 2024 | WatchPause
INSight #354 with Alison Shimada from Allspring Global Investments

Alison Shimada from Allspring Global Investments speaks to Giselle Roux from The Inside Network on responsible investing in EM.

Investor Strategy News | 6th May 2024 | Watch Pause
BIT #6: The future of listed infrastructure with ClearBridge Investments portfolio manager Nick Langley
Investor Strategy News | 8th Jan 2024
BIT #2: Investment dynamism with Paul Saliba from SQM Research
Investor Strategy News | 11th Oct 2023
BIT #3: Super fund benchmarking with Ian Fryer from Chant West
Investor Strategy News | 11th Oct 2023
BIT #4: Advice pricing paradigms with Rob Jones from Peloton Partners
Investor Strategy News | 11th Oct 2023
BIT #5: Advicetech attraction with Pete Worn from Finura Group
Investor Strategy News | 11th Oct 2023
BIT #1: Compliance matters with Sean Graham from Assured Support
Investor Strategy News | 24th Sep 2023
Profiles
‘An assumption everybody should question’: Sam Sicilia’s $200 billion hypotheticals

Hostplus’ young demographics and the mandatory nature of superannuation means it gets “a free kick before every game”. But CIO Sam Sicilia says funds must keep questioning the assumptions that underpin the superannuation system and their relationship to it.

Lachlan Maddock | 3rd Apr 2024 | More
JANA chases family offices, not-for-profits as super sees ‘significant change’

Australia’s largest homegrown asset consultant is plotting an expansion further beyond its traditional superannuation clients, while consolidation in the industry is changing the way they work.

Lachlan Maddock | 13th Jan 2023 | More
Analysis
Machines won’t be the masters of the universe: Ruffer

Artificial intelligence might be better at gathering and storing knowledge, but incorporating wisdom into an investment approach (or abandoning it altogether) remains the exclusive domain of humans – for now.

Staff Writer | 19th Jun 2024 | More
Why super’s return machine will need to shift gears

In the accumulation phase the super fund CIO and investment team is at the wheel. But as more and more members start retiring they’ll have to share the driving.

Lachlan Maddock | 14th Jun 2024 | More
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