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Helen Hewett: a legacy spread far and wide

Helen Hewett, one of the superannuation industry’s finest leaders, the mental health sector’s finest battlers and the women’s movement’s finest warriors has died. When she became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2019, her first thought, she said at the time, was to how proud her parents would have been. The last…

Greg Bright | 25th Feb 2022 | More
US mega-cap dominance drags active managers: Frontier

Active managers are more sensitive than ever to valuation risk. But in recent times it’s been a case of “go big or go home.” In recent years, Frontier has noted a narrowing in the breadth of US equity market return drivers, and short-term extremes of the same, with just a handful of tech mega-cap stocks…

Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Feb 2022 | More
  • Aussie funds still number one: Thinking Ahead Institute

    Australia’s superannuation system is leading the world in pensions, but the broader market is still missing opportunities on stewardship and technology. The Thinking Ahead Institute’s 2022 Global Pension Assets Study has named Australia the world’s number one pension market, with 20-year pension asset growth of 11.3 per cent per annum in US dollar terms. The…

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th Feb 2022 | More
    Hostplus, Maritime Super, go all the way

    The two funds have now committed to exploring a proper merger after announcing a pooled superannuation trust (PST) arrangement in 2021 that drew the ire of members of the Morrison Government. Hostplus and Maritime Super have signed a memorandum of understanding and will commence joint due diligence with an intention to merge in 2023, with…

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th Feb 2022 | More
  • ‘We’ll only be trusted if we deserve to be trusted’: Magellan hunkers down

    Magellan has gone to its investors with a profit beat, a potential share buyback, and a promise that it will no longer be distracted by dalliances outside its core funds management business. Magellan came out swinging at its first results briefing since the surprise departure of Hamish Douglass, announcing an increased dividend, a potential share…

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th Feb 2022 | More
    ASIC ups ante on super ‘insider trading’

    ASIC’s investigation into claims of insider trading at super funds keeps getting bigger as the regulator tries to ensure that “trustees are not abusing their positions.” ASIC’s investigation into so-called insider trading at super funds had previously examined the switching behaviour of 67 trustees and executives, excluding all but four of them from its investigation…

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Feb 2022 | More
    AustralianSuper goes global with external mandates

    AustralianSuper will have $80 billion managed by external managers over the next few years as it eyes larger allocations to key emerging markets like India and China. AustralianSuper currently has $50 billion managed by external managers, a figure that will swell to some $80 billion over the next few years as the fund races towards…

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Feb 2022 | More
    Big super needs capital requirements: Equity Trustees

    While profit-to-member funds have been given the go-ahead to build reserves from new fees on members, Equity Trustees believes that fund shareholders should pony up instead. The issue of so-called “$12 trustees” has leapt to prominence in recent months as super funds flocked to courts to get the green light to build capital reserves through…

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Feb 2022 | More
    Rest hands ESG mandate to Calvert, Parametric

    The $60 billion industry fund has appointed Calvert and Parametric to implement sustainable screens across its real assets portfolio. Rest has awarded an enhanced ESG mandate to Parametric and Calvert to provider further diversification to its Sustainable Growth ethical investment option. The mandate will see Rest implement ethical and sustainable screens and tilts across its…

    Staff Writer | 12th Feb 2022 | More
  • Super war chests, ‘$12 trustees’ under fire

    The Morrison Government has so-called “$12 trustees” in its crosshairs after they amended trust deeds to levy members for potential penalties. But APRA believes funds might collapse without them. The Morrison Government’s amendment to Section 56 of the SIS Act was intended to prevent super funds from paying penalties using member money, but – as…

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Feb 2022 | More
    EM investors see a stock picker’s dream

    The woes never seem to end in emerging markets, but their proponents see the current upheaval as a chance to take advantage of dirt-cheap valuations. China’s regulatory crackdown still has investors running scared, but Joseph Lai, chief investment officer of Ox Capital, says he and his team are like “kids in a candy shop”. Lai…

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Feb 2022 | More
    ‘Shrouded in secrecy and trickery’: Proxy showdown looms

    A prospective Labor government would strike out Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s proxy advice reforms – if Parliament doesn’t do it first. The proxy advice reforms will in be Labor’s crosshairs as Parliament resumes, with shadow minister for financial affairs Stephen Jones calling them “one of the worst policies I have seen in my 10 years in…

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Feb 2022 | More
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