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Survival of the cheapest for big super

As super funds swell to gargantuan size and downward fee pressure intensifies the heat will be on all funds to rein in significantly outsourced investment models.

Lachlan Maddock | 14th Oct 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
Restrained on ESG, but big funds chase impact

The Your Future Your Super (YFYS) performance test will likely harm ESG outcomes, but funds are increasingly considering impact as a sustainable investment weapon of choice.

Lachlan Maddock | 15th Jun 2022 | More
  • ‘You need to think with a fresh sheet of paper’: Super grapples with size

    As the super funds race towards massive size, the sector is still grappling with the positives and negatives for investments and culture.

    Lachlan Maddock | 13th May 2022 | More
    Emmi appoints new COO

    Carbon analytics fintech Emmi has appointed a chief operations officer as it onboards a slew of new super fund and consulting clients. Rebecca Bannan, who was previously Emmi’s head of strategy and operations, will step into the role of chief operations officer. Bannan, a chartered financial analyst, was previously investment director for strategic advisory at…

    Staff Writer | 25th Feb 2022 | More
    Big super turns to ‘the Excel of carbon’ – but beware the ‘house of cards’

    Michael Lebbon wants to create carbon data that’s as ubiquitous as Uber. But he believes that too much consolidation in the still nascent industry risks creating a dangerous game of follow the leader. “I’ve never wanted to work in pure finance; it didn’t sit well with me,” says Michael Lebbon, CEO of carbon data startup…

    Lachlan Maddock | 10th 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
    Australia’s role in Martin Currie emerging markets journey

    There’s perhaps only one thing more satisfying for the business people who run big funds management firms than organic growth, and that’s to reward the trust of long-term clients. Around the 10th anniversary of the Martin Currie Global Emerging Markets team, three of the crucial players behind the success of the strategy have reflected on…

    Greg Bright | 28th Oct 2021 | More
  • Trustees take the gloves off over ESG

    Events of the past two years have led to many changes. In the investment world, perhaps none is more apparent than a new level of activism by pension funds. Managers and investee companies beware. At a plenary session at last week’s PRI Digital Conference (October 18-21), ‘Fund Governance for the Next Generation’, representatives of three…

    Greg Bright | 22nd Oct 2021 | More
    Net Zero and other damage in YFYS test

    With complaints about its efficacy still reverberating through the super industry, the YFYS performance test is to be extended next year to cover certain member investment options. Sustainability will be a big loser. Having delivered its first-year test results last month (August 31), the Treasury-instigated APRA-implemented test for big super funds found that the MySuper…

    Greg Bright | 17th Sep 2021 | More