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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
  • Super’s big wins come with a sting in the tail

    Labor and the superannuation industry are still running their victory lap, but concerns around disclosure and consolidation loom large in the background.

    Lachlan Maddock | 7th Sep 2022 | More
    Don’t get keyed up on BFID – it won’t hurt ESG

    While the best financial interests’ duty (BFID) has seen some super funds think twice about ESG,
    reconciling ESG and responsible investment with best financial interests’ duty isn’t the hurdle some think.

    Lachlan Maddock | 22nd Jun 2022 | More
    At ASI, a big picture comes with a small note of caution

    While big super is all in on its newly-acquired nation building goals, a hint of caution about member outcomes pervaded last week’s AIST Superannuation Investment conference.

    Lachlan Maddock | 17th Jun 2022 | More
  • CIOs go ‘back to basics’ as YFYS, volatility bites

    Nobody has a crystal ball, but you don’t need one to know that things could be more difficult from here on out. For some funds, it’s back to “investing 101.”

    Lachlan Maddock | 17th Jun 2022 | More
    Open fund reserves for upgrades: AIST

    The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) has argued that funds should be permitted to use their operational risk financial reserve (ORFR) to upgrade their systems and prevent future risks earlier. The ”blunt” 0.25 per cent of fund capital that funds must hold in their ORFR is now becoming a “very significant sum” for some…

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Mar 2022 | More
  • Mercer’s wish list for a ‘fairer and simpler’ super system

    Mercer has proposed a slew of tax changes to address the super system’s “inherent bias towards high income earners” and reduce the gender pension gap. Under Mercer’s proposed changes, individuals with balances over $5 million would be required to reduce their balance to that amount and those over the age of 75 would be required…

    Staff Writer | 25th Feb 2022 | More
    Both sides to blame in common ownership bungle

    The inquiry into common ownership has given us that rarest of things: a moment of bipartisan stupidity. There are so many wonderful ways to waste taxpayer money. You can use it to pay for business-class flights to Canberra, or Craig Kelly-style political stunts, or even give it away to profitable multinational corporations in the middle…

    Lachlan Maddock | 17th Sep 2021 | More