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‘Don’t wait for APRA to blow the referee whistle’: Cole

While APRA “doesn’t feel the need to start each year with a shiny new set of initiatives”, it’s still planning on scrutinising super funds’ valuation practices and giving more “sub-scale” funds the nudge to merge in 2023.

Lachlan Maddock | 1st Feb 2023 | More
ISA, AIST explore merger for ‘a single voice’

The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) is exploring a merger with Industry Super Australia as external pressure grows on industry associations and the funds they service.

Lachlan Maddock | 27th Jan 2023 | More
  • HSBC’s new recipe for super growth

    A partnership with the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) gives HSBC an opportunity to shop its services to the country’s biggest investors.

    Lachlan Maddock | 27th Jan 2023 | More
    Government keeps it simple on super objective

    It’s the government’s hope to get a “simple” objective for superannuation across the line. The problem might be getting everybody else to stop talking about comfort and adequacy in retirement.

    Lachlan Maddock | 20th Jan 2023 | More
  • ‘A worldwide phenomenon’: How HOPE wants to solve affordable housing

    While the debate around the use of super for nation-building projects like affordable housing rages, HOPE Housing is working on a new way for funds to get involved.

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Jan 2023 | More
    ART, Macquarie, PGGM boost Macquarie AirFinance acquisition

    Macquarie Asset Management, PGGM Infrastructure Fund and Australian Retirement Trust (ART) have tipped US$600 million into Macquarie AirFinance’s US$2.2 billion acquisition of an aircraft portfolio from ALAFC0.

    Staff Writer | 11th Jan 2023 | More
    How Willis Towers Watson would fix alts for the test

    A small handful of new benchmarks would make alternative strategies viable under the YFYS performance test and once again allow funds to take advantage of their diversifying characteristics.

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th Dec 2022 | More
    Aussie funds face their own challenges in the wild hunt for returns

    Pension funds are increasingly turning to active management to generate returns in a hostile environment. But as they seek to become true global investors, super funds face a different set of tradeoffs.

    Lachlan Maddock | 13th Dec 2022 | More
    ‘It was a feather in my cap’: Block looks back on eight years at ACS

    “We had the courage to stick with our investment strategies,” ACS CIO Michael Block tells ISN. “Often what happens with a strategy that doesn’t work is you cut and run at the wrong time. We were lucky enough or clever enough or brave enough that that didn’t happen, and our members reaped the benefit this year.”

    Lachlan Maddock | 2nd Dec 2022 | More
  • YFYS kneecaps climate investing, needs new benchmarks: RIAA

    According to RIAA, the YFYS test “runs contrary to sound climate risk management”, and goes against both the government’s own net zero plans and APRA’s guidance on climate change risk.

    Lachlan Maddock | 30th Nov 2022 | More
    Chant West’s fix for the ‘unintended, unacceptable’ consequences of YFYS

    Chant West’s proposed replacement for the performance test might cut through the complexity and create a fairer system for super funds, which have dramatically altered their investment strategies to avoid failing.

    Lachlan Maddock | 25th Nov 2022 | More
    ‘Inhibitors and constraints’: Frontier’s deep dive into nation-building finds steep barriers

    As the Albanese Government looks to use super funds to kickstart Australian infrastructure growth, the number of obstacles arrayed against investing in affordable housing and venture capital might give them pause for thought.

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Nov 2022 | More
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