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How Cbus will manage $50 billion by itself – and another $50 billion with help

With Cbus eyeing the $100 billion mark, it’s figuring out what it can do well and what should be left to everybody else. And while other funds can’t wait to head overseas, it’s decided to stay home.

Lachlan Maddock | 18th Aug 2023 | More
Political pain awaits super’s private markets push

If greed is good in the world of private equity, it’s anathema to super funds and other pension plans with members that will never make as much money as the people who manage their retirement savings.

Lachlan Maddock | 26th Jul 2023 | More
Super fund returns surprise after the ‘volatility rollercoaster’

Some of the country’s biggest super funds have navigated volatile markets and write-downs in one of their favourite asset classes to deliver solid returns in a tough year.

Lachlan Maddock | 7th 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
    Big super gets real on real assets

    Australia’s largest super funds are casting a close eye over their property and infrastructure allocations amidst challenging market conditions, according to new research from J.P Morgan. And while investment internalisation continues to gather pace, not all funds are sold on its worth.

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd 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
    When markets overreact, ART ‘really likes the noise’

    The last 12 months have been challenging for Australian Retirement Trust, but the amount of noise in the market has been “quite productive”. It’s also shown that when it comes to unlisted assets, price is more volatile than value.

    Lachlan Maddock | 31st May 2023 | More
  • ‘You never want to accept how bad it is’: AustralianSuper’s unlisted property problem

    AustralianSuper CIO Mark Delaney believes the fund is harder on internal teams than external managers, but says that its unlisted property experience has been “the worst of all worlds”.

    Lachlan Maddock | 25th May 2023 | More
    New problems for choice products in next YFYS test

    The Your Future, Your Super performance test will have a tough time weeding out underperforming trustee-directed products when they’re already closed, according to Chant West, while many of those housed on platforms could fail because of their unique fee structures.

    Lachlan Maddock | 19th May 2023 | More