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Aussie funds face their own challenges in the wild hunt for returns

Pension funds are increasingly turning to active management to generate returns in a hostile environment. But as they seek to become true global investors, super funds face a different set of tradeoffs.

Lachlan Maddock | 13th Dec 2022 | More
‘Tremendous positive change’: Paul Schroder says yes to the test

The CEO of AustralianSuper says the Morrison Government doesn’t get enough credit for introducing the YFYS reforms, and that funds need to stop arguing over its detail and get on with the business of performing against the benchmarks.

Lachlan Maddock | 4th Nov 2022 | More
Big super ‘a tough nut to crack’ for private markets managers

As consolidation gathers pace and big super funds move their investments offshore, it will likely be the biggest private markets managers that benefit. But Your Future Your Super presents a unique set of challenges that can’t be easily overcome.

Lachlan Maddock | 5th Oct 2022 | More
  • Super’s looming showdown with ‘big dumb money’

    As homegrown competition intensifies and offshore players eye Australia’s retirement savings, the industry funds are now “frenemies”. Reinvigorating the collaborative model will be the key to their survival.

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Sep 2022 | More
    ‘They lost their way and they disappeared’: Weaven charts the path

    Industry superannuation has, for the most part, been a roaring success. But it needs to retain its “missionary zeal” if it’s to avoid the same fate that befell the other giants that once dominated the landscape.

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Sep 2022 | More
    ‘Power can be used well or it can be used poorly’: Super funds and too big to fail

    The Albanese Government has begun to explore the potential negative impacts of super fund consolidation. The question is whether a super fund can ever be too big to fail.

    Lachlan Maddock | 26th Aug 2022 | More
  • Big super’s ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to build the future

    Hostplus CIO Sam Sicilia believes the trillions of dollars washing around super could be put to good use in nation-building projects – and that criticisms of investing in unlisted assets are an “absurdity”.

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Aug 2022 | More
    ‘We’re unashamedly in the business of scale’: AustralianSuper grows up – and sticks to its knitting

    Overseas, Australia’s biggest super fund is a small fish in a massive pond. To achieve the scale it wants it will have to dive deeper into the private markets, meeting stiff competition from its North American peers along the way.

    Lachlan Maddock | 19th Aug 2022 | More
  • NFPs struggle with the private markets push

    Not-for-profit (NFP) investors are keen to jump into the private markets, but are being held back by the complexities of manager selection and concerns around cost.

    Lachlan Maddock | 10th Aug 2022 | More
    Funds go thematic in the war for members

    Super funds are increasingly adding thematic passive products to their self-directed investment options as they face new competition from Gen Z focused start-ups – but the ultimate theme is still on the outs.

    Lachlan Maddock | 29th Jul 2022 | More
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