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Funds must guard against ‘partisan noise’, watch for global opportunities: IFM

There’s “nothing sinister” about funds taking advantage of government incentives to enhance returns for members, according to IFM. And when it comes to those funds heading offshore, “culture eats strategy”.

Lachlan Maddock | 22nd Mar 2023 | More
Decarbonising YFYS benchmarks (without failing the test)

Your Future Your Super makes ESG investing a fraught proposition for super funds. But decarbonising benchmarks doesn’t have to generate (that much) tracking error – if you do it right.

Lachlan Maddock | 22nd Mar 2023 | More
  • Funds back affordable housing, ‘critical’ HAFF change

    While funds have backed affordable housing as an asset class, nation-building initiatives like the Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) still need tweaks to create certainty for institutional investors.

    Lachlan Maddock | 17th Mar 2023 | More
    Super funds shouldn’t hold back on data

    Super funds are sticking with the ‘best endeavours’ approach to the Superannuation Data Transformation program. But in giving less information, they’re going to get less back.

    Lachlan Maddock | 17th Mar 2023 | More
  • Mercer Super in the gun for greenwashing

    One of Australia’s largest retail super funds will be hauled before the court over allegations it engaged in greenwashing of products in what will likely be a test case for the practice.

    Staff Writer | 1st Mar 2023 | More
    ‘Focus on the big game’ to stay competitive

    Traditional portfolio construction might be dead. But that doesn’t mean there’s no way to beat inflation, even as investors anticipate it will continue to rise and fall over the next decade.

    Lachlan Maddock | 24th Feb 2023 | More
    ‘Bring it on’: Trustees on nation-building

    Super fund trustees are throwing their full weight behind nation building projects where they feel their funds can get a competitive return, while the Coalition’s competing super for housing policy has been labelled “elitist”.

    Lachlan Maddock | 24th Feb 2023 | More
    Big funds shake home country bias, champion barbell strategies

    Superannuation funds are rapidly offshoring their assets as FUM grows faster than GDP, according to new data from NAB and ASFA. Coming early to the barbell strategy party has also paid off.

    Lachlan Maddock | 15th Feb 2023 | More
    ‘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
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