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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
Why private credit is a double-edged sword

Private credit has seen huge inflows in recent years, but contrary to the claims made by some of its advocates it’s not a defensive asset class or a substitute for investment grade corporate and sovereign bonds.

George Lin | 5th Apr 2024 | More
  • The Future Fund already invests in Australia. Could it be asked to do more?

    Everybody and their dog has an idea for putting the Future Fund to work beyond its core mandate.
    But the best idea for getting it to invest more in Australia’s economy is probably already being done.

    Lachlan Maddock | 2nd Feb 2024 | More
    Editor’s note: Looking beyond the headlines

    As 2023 draws to an end, it’s worth looking back at those stories that didn’t make it into the top 10 but in which some of the great industry shifts were chronicled.

    Lachlan Maddock | 20th Dec 2023 | More
  • Why the YFYS review should dig deep on systemic risk

    More updates to Your Future, Your Super (YFYS) will no doubt be welcomed by the industry, but a thorough review must get to the bottom of the potential system risks created by benchmarking and big funds that keep bulking up.

    Lachlan Maddock | 8th Dec 2023 | More
    Why super needs to speak with a louder voice on housing

    It’s temping to dismiss the super for housing debate out of hand. But if funds and trustees refuse to engage with that debate it will inevitably be settled without them, with a deleterious impact on retirement savings.

    Lachlan Maddock | 24th Nov 2023 | More
    100,000 best wishes for Graham Hand

    Clicks on the Firstlinks newsletter went through the roof on Thursday morning, driven by a spontaneous reaction to distressful hard news.

    Greg Bright | 9th Nov 2023 | More
    The three warnings big super can’t ignore

    If or when there’s another royal commission into financial services, the profit-to-member and industry funds will not be able to say they weren’t warned about their problems. They were warned twice on Tuesday alone.

    Lachlan Maddock | 3rd Nov 2023 | More
    My father’s table: The recession we didn’t have to have

    Bad memories of a 1970s style inflation breakout are animating monetary policy in the post-Covid world, writes Rob Prugue. And the irrational prejudice of inflation hawks means more viable tools are being discarded.

    Rob Prugue | 3rd Nov 2023 | More
  • My father’s table: We get the CEO we deserve

    The start of any high profile corporate failure can often be traced back to a lack of fiduciary oversight, writes Rob Prugue. Shareholders have a responsibility to both appoint and monitor those who represent their interests.

    Rob Prugue | 4th Oct 2023 | More
    Betashares’ super play faces an uphill battle

    Betashares has become the second ETF provider to launch a superannuation product, but as with other new entrants into the highly concentrated market it will be a challenge for it to find its feet.

    Lachlan Maddock | 29th Sep 2023 | More
    How much diversification is enough?

    Investors are sailing in uncharted waters, writes Michael Block, and the only way to navigate them is through a well-diversified portfolio. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing?

    Michael Block | 27th Jul 2023 | More
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