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Mercer adds new wealth Pacific CEO role to support growth strategy

The appointment of industry veteran Cathy Hales, who started in the newly created role on Monday, will support Mercer’s growth strategy across investments and retirement in the Pacific region, the company said. Her remit will include the $63 billion Mercer Super Trust.

Lisa Uhlman | 26th Jul 2023 | More
‘We stood on the shoulders of giants’: Finishing super’s unfinished business (and revitalising it along the way)

As funds exit regulatory deadlock and a generation of superannuants enter the retirement phase, super will need a new wave of thinkers to argue some of its toughest debates.

Lachlan Maddock | 14th Sep 2022 | More
Retirement income strategies are missing a piece

While the publishing of retirement income strategies is a big step forward into super’s new frontier, many of those strategies are based on a “very unsafe foundation.”

Lachlan Maddock | 8th Jul 2022 | More
  • Funds ditch romance, confront reality on retirement

    With the advent of the Retirement Income Covenant (RIC), super funds can finally move forward on the decumulation phase. But they shouldn’t try to “boil the sea.”

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th May 2022 | More
    Calastone, Challenger on the future of operations

    Private markets assets are “ripe for the picking” for fund managers and administrators quick to use distributed ledger technology, as investment operations are on the cusp of “great change”. So said David Mackaway, the COO of Challenger Group, at the Calastone ‘Connect Forum’ last week (December 2. He was interviewed by Justin Christopher, Calastone director…

    Greg Bright | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
    Why the super party might be over

    Strong super returns are about to encounter significant headwinds. And with the government prowling for more money, funds might once again foot the bill. It’s no secret that market conditions have been enormously supportive over the last decade – and that super has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of those conditions, particularly through 2020,…

    Lachlan Maddock | 26th Nov 2021 | More
  • Lai’s new boutique ready for the Year of the Ox

    Going it alone is never easy. But it seems that for Dr Joseph Lai, the hardest part of starting his own boutique was picking a name. One candidate was ‘Iora’ – a colourful songbird found across many of the emerging markets that Lai has spent his career investing in. But Lai and his colleagues ultimately…

    Lachlan Maddock | 27th Aug 2021 | More
    ASX rallies 0.9% on tech, BNPL, health gains

    Strong day for the ASX, private equity buys into Challenger, NSW lockdowns continue  Every sector barring energy and industrials finished higher on Wednesday, with the ASX 200 jumping 0.9%. Buy now pay later groups were among the top performers, with Zip Co Ltd (ASX: Z1P) and Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT) adding 6.5% and 4.5%, respectively. Challenger Financial Group (ASX: CGF) was the…

    Investor Strategy News | 7th Jul 2021 | More
  • Hybrids are back, and paying higher yields

    The hybrid securities market felt the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis in March, when two issues were withdrawn and another issuer deferred redemptions. But last week Macquarie Bank relaunched its hybrid offer, offering a substantially higher margin than the rate on offer a few months ago. Macquarie Bank Capital Notes 2 was originally launched on…

    Annabelle Dickson | 13th May 2020 | More