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Bragg offers a super manifesto (from opposition)

One of the Coalition’s few surviving  “super soldiers”, Andrew Bragg has called on his party to go further down the route of “flexibilising” super – if not abolishing it completely. Senator Andrew Bragg finds himself in a curious position following Labor’s election win. He’s one of the few super partisans to survive the teal clean…

Lachlan Maddock | 27th May 2022 | More
Sovereign wealth funds ditch EM in risk rethink

The appetite for risk assets is turning negative, and the world’s largest investors are scurrying away from emerging market equities and debt amidst a rising tide of woe. Few would have predicted that the initial Covid market crash – in which it was determined, once and for all, that the windows on Wall Street don’t…

Lachlan Maddock | 27th Apr 2022 | More
Future Fund prepares for tough times ahead

The Future Fund’s unbroken run of robust returns is about to the face a tough new investment paradigm. A stronger bent to “skill-based investments” might help them weather the storm. There’s a strong argument for the Future Fund being one of the wonders of the investing world. Seeded with $60 billion 13 years ago, it’s…

Lachlan Maddock | 2nd Feb 2022 | More
  • Labor sketches a big plan for big super

    Labor wants to “super-charge” the Australian economy by putting our largest pool of capital to work both at home and away. But on Your Future, Your Super, they won’t be throwing the baby out with the bath water. The Your Future Your Super (YFYS) reforms represent one of the most daring political plays by the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 28th Jan 2022 | More
    Future Fund not the future of default super: ISA

    Australia’s industry funds have launched a full-throated defence of their sector as the national default fund debate heats up. Politics and performance are both at stake. The idea of a national default fund is a bold one, and has been advanced a number of times over the 30-year history of compulsory superannuation in Australia. Its…

    Lachlan Maddock | 28th Oct 2021 | More
    Delaney: Size creeps up on you (but venture capital stays the same)

    As AustralianSuper continues to grow, Mark Delaney is focusing his attention on the burgeoning private markets space and the problem of culture in megafund land. “Size can creep up on you. You stand still, and all of a sudden you’re bigger than what you think you are. I first started managing pension money 20 years…

    Lachlan Maddock | 8th Oct 2021 | More
  • Fund returns and the tyranny of expectations

    The problem with high expectations is that you have to keep meeting them. And after a year where some funds returned 20 per cent, investors and super members are expecting more, more, more. Investors are relentlessly cheerful creatures. According to Schroders’ latest Global Investor Study, Australian investors (defined here as those expecting to invest the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 1st Oct 2021 | More
    New industry group pushes ESG integration

    A new network of investment professionals has backed the ESG integration trend among both asset owners and fund managers with a report which draws on the views of leading investors including the Future Fund and NZ Super. Titled ‘Alpha with Impact’, the report was published last Friday (August 27) to coincide with the first member…

    Greg Bright | 27th Aug 2021 | More
  • No time for Future Fund to rest on its laurels

    While Australia’s sovereign wealth fund has seen a massive return of 22 per cent, the good times won’t last. China tensions are weighing heavily on Peter Costello’s outlook. Rebounding from a negative 0.9 per cent return during the depths of Covid-19 is no small feat, but Peter Costello, Future Fund chairman, told media on Thursday…

    Lachlan Maddock | 27th Aug 2021 | More
    Bragg reignites national fund debate with ‘Super Guarantee Australia’

    Liberal senator Andrew Bragg believes the Future Fund should be made Australia’s default superannuation fund. But national superannuation is a political minefield. In conversation with Simon Cowan, research director at the Centre for Independent Studies, Bragg called compulsory superannuation a “fundamentally illiberal, paternalistic policy” and said that the Australian government should “take its responsibilities more…

    Lachlan Maddock | 20th Aug 2021 | More