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The three warnings big super can’t ignore

If or when there’s another royal commission into financial services, the profit-to-member and industry funds will not be able to say they weren’t warned about their problems. They were warned twice on Tuesday alone.

Lachlan Maddock | 3rd Nov 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
AustralianSuper headed to court over multiple accounts fiasco

ASIC has launched civil proceedings against Australia’s biggest super fund over allegations it failed to consolidate the accounts of 90,000 members and continued to charge them fees.

Staff Writer | 8th Sep 2023 | More
  • ‘A question that everybody’s avoiding’: What becomes of small funds?

    Mergers aren’t costless and big super can’t necessarily be counted on to clean up the long tail of unsustainable small funds. Solving the problem might require thinking outside the box.

    Lachlan Maddock | 19th Jul 2023 | More
    Super funds torched by regulators for slow progress on retirement income covenant

    A joint review conducted by ASIC and APRA was scathing of funds’ collective attempts to meet their new legal obligation to help fund members plan for retirement, and urged them to “address, with urgency, the gaps in their approach”.

    Tahn Sharpe | 19th Jul 2023 | More
    APRA takes stock and issues stark warning in the middle of cyber security study

    The prudential regulator is “rigorously targeting” areas of non-compliance it identifies during its massive study of cyber resilience among banks, insurers and superannuation trustees.

    Staff Writer | 14th Jul 2023 | More
  • Don’t follow the lead of overseas on unlisted assets: Frontier

    Australian super funds and asset managers shouldn’t ape their international peers when it comes to unlisted investment practice, according to Frontier, and demand for more frequent valuations will ultimately be worn by members.

    Lachlan Maddock | 7th Jul 2023 | More
    YFYS changes get lukewarm reception from AustralianSuper

    Proposed YFYS changes do nothing to address index hugging, according to AustralianSuper, and super funds should be compared to a universal industry benchmark rather than a larger and more complex set of indices in the performance test.

    Lachlan Maddock | 12th May 2023 | More
  • Funds grapple with ‘clumsy regulation’ while retail super reinvents itself

    Megafunds are outstripping APRA’s ability to regulate them effectively, according to a panel of super executives, while private asset valuations are a source of “real tension” between funds and the government despite its big nation-building push.

    Lachlan Maddock | 10th May 2023 | More
    The quest for the ‘Holy Grail’ of investment

    Genuine uncorrelated alpha is the holy grail of investments, writes Michael Block, but managers and strategies that can actually generate it are hard to find. So what’s a poor boy to do?

    Michael Block | 3rd May 2023 | More
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