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Should every big fund join the jet set? It depends on the destination

It turns out not everybody wants flash new overseas offices. And while funds aren’t sweating the constraints of Your Future, Your Super when it comes to private markets, some assets are just better handled in the public ones – illiquidity premium be damned.

Lachlan Maddock | 1st Dec 2023 | More
ART gets serious about investment resilience

Australian Retirement Trust (ART) is getting bigger and more complex. To make sure that doesn’t turn into a big, complex problem, the fund has found itself a new head of investment resilience and is thinking hard about what’s really driving returns in a post-Covid world.

Lachlan Maddock | 8th Nov 2023 | More
Reilly on getting mergers right – and why big funds will keep duking it out for members

After announcing his departure from the role, Australian Retirement Trust chief Bernard Reilly tells ISN why the fund “hasn’t missed a beat” since the merger that created it and how the arrival of the megafunds heralds a new era of “co-opetition” in the super industry.

Lachlan Maddock | 8th Sep 2023 | More
  • Why funds still have a ‘long way to go’ on valuations

    Valuations are never going to be “perfect”, but that doesn’t mean super funds shouldn’t be working harder to make them more accurate – and more intelligible to the people who really matter.

    Lachlan Maddock | 30th Aug 2023 | More
    ART plots ‘substantial’ sustainable investing build-out

    The megafund is expanding its sustainable investment team as it adopts a new climate change strategy and fields increased interest in its approach from new corners.

    Lachlan Maddock | 25th Aug 2023 | More
    ART’s corporate fund strategy pays off as FUM hits $260bn

    Australia’s second-largest super fund just got a little bit larger with a big win from the corporate fund strategy one of its predecessor funds embarked on almost six years ago.

    Staff Writer | 23rd Aug 2023 | More
  • ‘Maximum diversification’ (and running with the bulls) pays off for ART

    Riding the equity market rally and significant diversification in its alternatives portfolio has delivered Australian Retirement Trust a 10 per cent return as it keeps both eyes on the end of the rate cycle.

    Lachlan Maddock | 5th Jul 2023 | More
    More pros and cons for super-sized funds

    Big funds can be cheaper and drive hard bargains in the private markets – but it’s easier to see them coming and harder for them to get money where it needs to go.

    Lachlan Maddock | 5th Jul 2023 | More
  • AustralianSuper’s new deputy CIO puts the focus overseas

    AustralianSuper’s appointment of a new deputy CIO with the lion’s share of responsibility for its overseas investments demonstrates the growing importance of international diversification for the country’s biggest funds.

    Lachlan Maddock | 30th Jun 2023 | More
    Retrospective changes could ‘erode’ public perception of YFYS: ART

    Australian Retirement Trust has warned that introducing more granularity into the YFYS test might only confuse members and that funds will incur greater transaction costs as new benchmarks are added to it.

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Jun 2023 | More
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