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Time for super to get its purpose as industry counts early release cost

The spectre of early release still looms large over the industry, and super’s true believers want its purpose legislated to prevent Australia’s retirement savings from becoming a crisis piggy bank.

Lachlan Maddock | 12th Aug 2022 | More
Turn and face the change: a better future for super?

The last nine years of government have been characterised by a deep-seated suspicion of the country’s largest investors. But with Labor back in power, the super wars are almost certainly over. Labor’s election victory over the weekend arrives at a curious inflection point for Australia’s profit-to-member super funds. The last time Labor held government, in…

Lachlan Maddock | 25th May 2022 | More
A Labor win could return super to the fold

Labor can do little to change the past. But a win in May could usher in a new era of co-operation between big super and the government. There were no surprises in shadow finance minister Stephen Jones’ speech to the 2022 ASFA conference. There is little that Labor can outright promise the industry aside from…

Lachlan Maddock | 29th Apr 2022 | More
  • ‘We can’t blow up our own mandate’: caution needed on transition  

    The recent surge in demand for fossil fuels doesn’t mean the green energy revolution is dead. But investors need to proceed with caution lest they lose their mandate to manage the transition. There are two schools of thought on what Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means for fossil fuel production and consumption. Either it will hasten…

    Lachlan Maddock | 27th Apr 2022 | More
    The super wars are over (if you want them to be)

    While Liberals and Labor have sparred for decades, it seems that many Australians believe the ideological conflict waged over superannuation is mostly moot. The super wars have raged unchecked since the introduction of the superannuation guarantee (SG) in the heady days of 1993. But the ideological battles in Parliament and the press have been waged…

    Lachlan Maddock | 30th Mar 2022 | More
    APRA seeks to prove its theory of scale

    APRA’s orthodoxy on scale and its importance to funds has been disputed by all comers, with “massive and passive” a common refrain. But the regulator is hoping to prove that bigger really is better. One of the more controversial moments of Helen Rowell’s career as APRA’s superannuation executive was the claim that any fund below…

    Lachlan Maddock | 30th Mar 2022 | More
  • ASFA appoints new chair

    The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) has nabbed a new chair from outside the super sector. Gary Dransfield will step into the role of independent chair of ASFA on February 23, while current chair Dr Michael Easson will retire from the role. “We are very pleased to have secured someone from outside the…

    Staff Writer | 2nd Feb 2022 | More
    Big super becomes the underdog

    They might be behemoths at home, but Australia’s biggest super funds will be on the backfoot as they scour the globe for investment opportunities. NAB’s biennial FX Hedging survey is not only a good insight into super fund hedging strategies, but the state of the industry itself – particularly its growing interest in markets beyond…

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th Nov 2021 | More
  • Wilson’s new inquiry: urgent investigation or political theatre

    The Standing Committee on Economics is launching a new inquiry into big super. Not everybody is happy about it. Compulsory viewing for many professionals and reporters, the Standing Committee on Economics is infamous for its hardball interrogations of Australia’s biggest institutional investors, and the announcement of a new inquiry will likely have some stakeholders tearing…

    Lachlan Maddock | 6th Aug 2021 | More
    Ian Silk’s memorable career, and memorable speeches

    Ian Silk, soon to retire from AustralianSuper, was an infrequent speaker on the conference circuit, but his speeches were memorable. Two were very memorable and, as you might expect, prescient. AustralianSuper announced last week (July 13) that Silk, the first chief executive of AustralianSuper, would retire later this year. He is being replaced by Paul…

    Greg Bright | 16th Jul 2021 | More