The MySuper reforms have seen costs come down and members getting a better deal, according to a decade of data compiled by Chant West, but the laser focus on fees from government and the regulators mean the industry’s opinion is “generally less sanguine”.
The $78 billion super fund has filled out its impact portfolio with a new listed equities mandate as it aims to have one per cent of FUM allocated to impact opportunities by 2026.
Tailwinds from the United States Inflation Reduction Act underpin the $170 billion super fund’s latest co-investment in Galway Sustainable Capital, and the move will also take the fund’s private equity portfolio into financial services and further offshore.
Big super’s in-sourcing of investment management means contending with new and hidden costs,
but funds are also fretting the unintended consequences of a laser focus on fees.
Australian Retirement Trust has seen the cycle of in- and out-sourcing around the world and doesn’t want to be part of the same ‘pattern’. But even very large super funds have to think hard about their service providers, with counterparty risk emerging around similarly large managers.
YFYS is driving an uplift of the $31 billion Brighter Super’s investment strategy, while wider super fund performance is narrowing even as competition for new and switching members heats up with the end of default distribution.
The $124 billion super fund is pretty proud of its direct property portfolio, which now includes 66 acres of prime development land once used to manufacture dynamite. But it doesn’t want to take on the risks that come with heading overseas.
Australia’s largest super fund thinks its three million members will be better off with a single “account for life” and will soon bring a longevity risk solution to market to help them conquer fear of running out.
The prudential regulator will undertake another review of how superannuation funds treat their unlisted assets, with a special focus on “valuation and liquidity management practices” as they come to account for larger and larger chunks of the portfolio.
The $160 billion industry fund has found a new head for its $90 billion public equities portfolio in an alumnus of passive investing giants like Vanguard and BlackRock. It’s also pulled the trigger on promotions in the public equities team.
The $13 billion Mine Super might have had Chant West’s top performing growth option for the calendar year, but CIO Seamus Collins questions whether many default growth products are doing enough for young members who are “temporally diversified”.