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‘Understand the tension’: Funds fret greenwashing, engagement

Super funds are double-checking their marketing materials and coming to grips with an evolving regulatory regime as greenwashing risk looms large.

Lachlan Maddock | 5th May 2023 | More
The big plans behind ART’s little merger

If you’re not gaining market share in a rapidly consolidating industry, you’re losing it. One of ART’s smallest proposed mergers offers big opportunities for national growth.

Lachlan Maddock | 24th Mar 2023 | More
‘A worldwide phenomenon’: How HOPE wants to solve affordable housing

While the debate around the use of super for nation-building projects like affordable housing rages, HOPE Housing is working on a new way for funds to get involved.

Lachlan Maddock | 11th Jan 2023 | More
  • 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
    Top asset owners weather a ‘VUCA-fest’, prepare for the polycrisis

    As the world’s top 100 asset managers grow to awesome size, they’re confronted by a “complex and uncertain” macro environment and need to prepare for the burgeoning systemic risks of climate change.

    Lachlan Maddock | 30th Nov 2022 | More
    ‘It’s not rocket science’: Future IM/Pact partners with big super

    “Talent incubator” Future IM/Pact has partnered with four of Australia’s biggest super funds to help women into frontline investment roles. Investment internalisation is driving some of the interest.

    Lachlan Maddock | 31st Aug 2022 | More
  • ‘We haven’t been told where we’re going’: big super’s brave new world

    A landmark report from J.P. Morgan paints a picture of an industry racing towards a future that it doesn’t yet understand. Our big super funds look like strangers in a strange land. “What would be helpful from a regulatory perspective, or even a government perspective, is what are we actually driving towards?” says Mine Super…

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Mar 2022 | More
    Big super gets its Russia marching orders, but selling isn’t simple

    Plenty of big super funds have announced their intention to dump their Russian assets, and the government wants them to. But saying do svidanya is harder than they thought. From a certain angle, there’s a lot of Russia in the super system. Once ruled by unapologetic socialists, they’ve both become capitalistic in the aftermath of…

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th Mar 2022 | More
  • YFYS won’t be the end of ESG: Parametric

    The problems with Your Future Your Super (YFYS) run deep – among them, how super funds will manage ESG within the confines of low tracking error strategies. But it’s not the end of the road. Under the YFYS reforms, implementation manager Parametric believes tracking error will face downwards pressure as funds try to stay on…

    Lachlan Maddock | 14th Jan 2022 | More
    Net-zero go slow frustrates funds

    It’s probably too early to pick the winners in the transition to net-zero. But the lack of a solid plan at the Federal level is making things even more complicated. The interest in renewable energy has grown substantially over the past 18 months, and particularly in the leadup to COP26, where world leaders aim to…

    Lachlan Maddock | 28th Oct 2021 | More
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