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Aussie Super prompts more Bragg ire over New Daily

Industry fund-owned ‘The New Daily’ is once again in political hot water after a controversial deal with AustralianSuper to auto-subscribe 800,000 of the fund’s members to the publication. ‘The New Daily’ has become a bee in the bonnet for a number of Liberal backbenchers, most notably NSW Senator Andrew Bragg, who has characterised the publication…

Lachlan Maddock | 11th Jun 2021 | More
Why we’re still arguing about fund mergers

It’s approaching orthodoxy that a merger is always in the best interests of members. But is bigger always better? What is the true price of scale? Leeanne Turner, Spirit Super’s inaugural chief executive, told a CMSF audience in May: “If you’re not considering a merger then you either have your head in the sand or…

Lachlan Maddock | 11th Jun 2021 | More
Chant West win for Aussie Super a win for all funds

In a year of bad-news headlines for the super industry, it was fitting that the biggest fund, the quintessential industry fund, took out the ‘Fund of the Year’ award from Chant West. AustralianSuper, the bellwether fund and champion of the not-for-profit sector, also won the ‘Best Fund of the Year: Investments’, an increasingly difficult task…

Greg Bright | 28th May 2021 | More
  • Club Plus Super chooses Aussie Super for merger

    Club Plus Super, the NSW-based industry fund representing primarily the employees of licensed clubs, has elected AustralianSuper as its preferred merger partner. In a joint announcement last week (May 13), Stefan Strano, the chief executive of Club Plus, said that exploring a merger was in the best interest of members. The funds have signed a…

    Greg Bright | 14th May 2021 | More
    After 40 years: Michael Rice reflects on super’s evolution

    Michael Rice officially entered the wind-down period of his career last Friday (April 30) with the completion of the sale of Rice Warner, now to be known as Deloitte Superannuation. All but a handful of administrative staff transferred, moving out of the heritage-listed 2 Martin Place office, around the corner and a few hundred metres…

    Greg Bright | 30th Apr 2021 | More
    Strong retail flows recovery set to continue

    Fund managers have enjoyed a strong bounce in fund flows, according to Morningstar data, and these flows are continuing in the first quarter of the year. In a webinar for clients last week (February 23), Grant Kennaway, Morningstar’s Melbourne-based director of research, said that while 2020 had been a difficult year for fund managers, it…

    Greg Bright | 26th Feb 2021 | More
  • How Aware Super is managing further growth

    Aware Super is re-thinking its international exposures, particularly relating to China, and how it manages them as it expects they will continue to grow in importance within the $130 billion fund’s overall portfolio. “We haven’t taken any money out [of China] but as a minority investor we just think we should pause at the moment,”…

    Greg Bright | 9th Feb 2021 | More
    David Coogan takes a bow for 40 years of achievement

    David Coogan notches up his 30th straight CMSF conference this May, at which he resigns from the finance, risk and compliance committee of AIST, and accepts another round of grateful applause for his services to the super industry and heads into semi-retirement. When he attended the first CMSF in 1990, held almost as an act…

    Greg Bright | 5th Feb 2021 | More
  • King back to Sovereign … and a more relaxed lifestyle

    Ray King, the veteran asset consultant, has finished up a four-year stint at IOOF, where he had been assisting with its relatively small alternatives portfolio. He will now be concentrating on his private Sovereign Investment Research work and taking more time out for grandchildren and travel. While IOOF has let a good number of people…

    Investor Strategy News | 5th Dec 2020 | More
    Industry battles over early super release

    The superannuation industry is deeply divided over whether the government’s decision to change the super early release rules is really in the interest of the super fund members.

    The measure allows Australians to apply via myGov for access of up to $10,000 of their superannuation from April this year and an additional $10,000 from July 1 2020 for another three months.

    Annabelle Dickson | 25th Mar 2020 | More
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