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AustralianSuper ramps up UK investment as offshore push gathers pace

Australia’s biggest super fund is set to increase its investment in the UK to around $35 billion by 2030 and expand its already 100-strong on the ground presence in Kings Cross.

Lachlan Maddock | 6th Mar 2024 | More
What the ‘heavy emphasis’ on fees really achieved for members

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”.

Lachlan Maddock | 28th Feb 2024 | More
  • Rest hunts impact opportunities in listed equities

    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.

    Lachlan Maddock | 28th Feb 2024 | More
    Aware Super looks abroad for green finance opportunities

    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.

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Feb 2024 | More
  • How internalisation is changing the costs conversation

    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.

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Feb 2024 | More
    Why ART won’t get on the internalisation ‘roundabout’

    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.

    Lachlan Maddock | 21st Feb 2024 | More
    Performance gap narrows, but more competition coming

    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.

    Lachlan Maddock | 21st Feb 2024 | More
    The explosive history of UniSuper’s big property buy (and why it won’t shop offshore for more)

    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.

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Feb 2024 | More
    AustralianSuper wants its members to have an ‘account for life’

    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.

    Lachlan Maddock | 14th Feb 2024 | More
  • Super’s problem with the ‘misunderstood middle’

    A dearth of member data is “hindering progress” against the retirement income covenant and more than $145 billion of member money might be better off in guaranteed lifetime income products, according to new research.

    Staff Writer | 7th Feb 2024 | More
    APRA plots unlisted asset ‘deep dive’ review

    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.

    Lachlan Maddock | 31st Jan 2024 | More
    Aware Super goes abroad for new public equities head

    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.

    Lachlan Maddock | 25th Jan 2024 | More