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Who’s really calling the shots at super funds? It’s complicated

Fundies are getting with the internal management program but they don’t necessarily like it, according to new data from Frontier Advisors. Especially with a new army of gatekeepers arrayed before them.

Lachlan Maddock | 25th Oct 2023 | More
Why the chief of this $4 billion fund says it’s not a holdout – just ‘old fashioned’

First Super inhabits a world of giants, but it’s not considering a merger and it’s not sweating its size. That doesn’t mean it’s not “chronically anxious” about performance and costs.

Lachlan Maddock | 18th Oct 2023 | More
  • AustralianSuper wants best of both worlds with combined real assets function

    As the fund contemplates managing $700 billion by 2030 it’s looking for new ways to invest with a global portfolio mindset and chase hot assets in local markets to drive value creation for its members.

    Staff Writer | 13th Oct 2023 | More
    ‘Not without its challenges’: How CFS is preparing for a wildly different world

    The way super funds make money for their members is going to have to change, according to Colonial First State chief investment officer Jonathan Armitage. But retail funds might prove to have a natural advantage as the whole system shifts into a new gear.

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Oct 2023 | More
  • APRA goes deep on super data

    The prudential regulator wants to publish more granular details of how funds spend and invest their members’ money in an initiative it hopes will improve transparency in the $3.5 trillion super sector.

    Staff Writer | 11th Oct 2023 | More
    Failure on affordable housing means losing a $64 billion benefit: Aware Super

    The $160 billion fund says that its essential worker housing program stacks up as an investment for both its members and the country’s future. But current policy settings mean few funds can follow its example.

    Lachlan Maddock | 6th Oct 2023 | More
    ‘Everyone wins’ in big funds’ three-way forestry split

    A coalition of domestic and international pension funds has bought one of Australia’s largest private forest management companies in a big vote of confidence for natural capital assets.

    Staff Writer | 6th Oct 2023 | More
    Super funds ‘neglecting’ forestry: Atchison Consultants

    Forestry has investment features that dovetail with the long-term strategies of super funds, according to Atchison Consultants, but the asset class has been ignored in favour of more traditional allocations .

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th Oct 2023 | More
    Funds need more scrutiny on internal teams, investment models: Frontier

    While internal investment teams have generally delivered good outcomes there is little independent review or direct public scrutiny of their performance compared to external managers, according to Frontier Advisors.

    Lachlan Maddock | 22nd Sep 2023 | More
  • Super’s new voice gets a name, looks for a face

    The merger between ISA and AIST has created a new organisation that will court both sides of politics to “advocate for the interests” of more than 10 million Australians.

    Lachlan Maddock | 20th Sep 2023 | More
    New arguments in the great valuation debate

    More regulatory pressure on valuation practices means big funds run the risk of missing out on attractive deals and members could face higher costs. But with Australia now at the forefront of defined contribution pensions globally, should GPs get with the program?

    Lachlan Maddock | 15th Sep 2023 | More
    Reilly on getting mergers right – and why big funds will keep duking it out for members

    After announcing his departure from the role, Australian Retirement Trust chief Bernard Reilly tells ISN why the fund “hasn’t missed a beat” since the merger that created it and how the arrival of the megafunds heralds a new era of “co-opetition” in the super industry.

    Lachlan Maddock | 8th Sep 2023 | More
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