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Choice products in the gun as YFYS strikes again

The latest iteration of the Your Future Your Super test has dispatched a large swathe of trustee-directed products even as APRA acknowledges that many are selected for reasons beyond performance.

Staff Writer | 1st Sep 2023 | More
Don’t make the YFYS test ‘toothless’: Grattan

The Grattan Institute says that “maintaining the integrity” of the performance test is vital and that the review should seek to make incremental improvements rather than wholesale reforms.

Lachlan Maddock | 2nd Nov 2022 | More
Funds in the red, black or pink: it depends

Super fund data companies are rushing to beat deadlines for June 30 figures, with heightened interest from industry participants and members. The median balanced fund was minus 3.3 per cent, SuperRatings said.

Greg Bright | 8th Jul 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
    APRA test to ‘bifurcate’ strategies

    The Your Future Your Super (YFYS) benchmarks will require an all-hands-on-deck approach to a “performance test to be reckoned with”, according to Willis Towers Watson’s Nick Callil. With funds required to inform members if they fail the test – an “unpalatable action for any fund” – and barred from accepting new members into an underperforming…

    Lachlan Maddock | 25th Jun 2021 | More
    Problems with lifecycle strategies require a rethink

    Lifecycle strategies have some problems. One, is how they compare their performance. Two, is how they explain their asset allocation. And three is whether they really fit APRA’s regulatory definition for a MySuper default fund. Alex Dunnin, the executive director of research at Rainmaker Research, who has been studying lifecycle products for the several years…

    Greg Bright | 9th Feb 2021 | More
  • Another one bites the dust: Maritime’s Host deal

    Maritime Super, the 53-year-old $5.8 billion industry fund for maritime and waterside workers, plans to merge its investments with those of Hostplus, the 35-year-old $53 billion industry fund for the hospitality industry, but retain its separate board, self-administration and branding. The announcement last week (February 11) followed earlier and lengthy discussions between Maritime and Mine…

    Greg Bright | 9th Feb 2021 | More
    Chant West puts the record straight on super

    In an attempt to de-politicise the increasingly tense debate around the future of super, research group Chant West has published a summary of its views across a range of recently raised questions and ill-informed commentary. Chant West, which last year had a changing of the guard with the takeover by Zenith Investment Partners, produced a…

    Greg Bright | 29th Jan 2021 | More