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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. One of the more obtuse changes under Your Future Your Super (YFYS) was the insertion of the word “financial” into “best (financial) interests’ duty”. While…

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. Industry super funds have been on a decade-long high, with a reputation boosted by their low cost, robust returns, and their easy passage through the Hayne royal commission. But…

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.” “This sort of environment does give you the opportunity to really assess your portfolio in terms of whether everything is working as you expect,” Andrew…

Lachlan Maddock | 17th Jun 2022 | More
  • Why industry funds must keep ‘the hunger to succeed’: Delaney

    Some within the sector believe the super wars are over and that industry funds have emerged victorious. But they shouldn’t take their primacy, or the change in government, for granted. Arriving at work one morning in October 1987, now AustralianSuper chief investment officer Mark Delaney was greeted by a gloomy telex message that said the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 15th Jun 2022 | More
    … as Debby Blakey joins ICGN board

    Debby Blakey, the chief executive of HESTA, has joined the board of the International Corporate Governance Network, the overarching global body representing asset owners for the advancement of good governance. The prestigious appointment follows her other industry directorships at FEAL, ACSI and ASI. Hers was one of three appointments at ICGN announced last week (August…

    Greg Bright | 3rd Sep 2021 | More
    Westpac creates new division, appoints CEO

    Westpac has announced a new specialist businesses division and has appointed Jason Yetton as chief executive of the division. The specialist business division has been created to simplify the Australian and New Zealand banking businesses. This will include wealth platforms, superannuation and retirement products, investment, general and life insurance, auto finance and Westpac Pacific. Yetton…

    Annabelle Dickson | 6th May 2020 | More