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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
  • Active Super and smaller fund holdouts

    NSW’s Local Government Super has launched a sweeping rebrand as part of a bid to win new members. Can funds of a similar size – $13 billion – survive in a new world of mergers? Local Government Super will be renamed ‘Active Super’ in a move that was considered “very carefully” as part of its…

    Lachlan Maddock | 28th May 2021 | More
    CMSF keeps the fire burning for a new audience

    The rhetoric was similar, though not quite as fiery. But the audience was different. A lot has changed since the first CMSF, held symbolically, in Wollongong. In 1990, Wollongong, NSW, was still referred to as the ‘steel city’. BHP had only begun to shut down its furnaces in Australia. Labor was in power federally and…

    Greg Bright | 20th May 2021 | More
    ASFA’s ‘no-brainers’ and Review debate’s ‘hijacking’

    There are things to like and dislike about the Government Retirement Income Review for both sides of politics. And, also, to like and dislike about providing ‘observations’ rather than ‘recommendations’. But neither has quelled debate. In his opening comments at a webinar last Friday (November 27), Martin Fahey, the chief executive of ASFA, said it…

    Investor Strategy News | 27th Nov 2020 | More