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Rise of the mega fund: Super gets competitive on mergers and members

Competition in super is heating up but it’s not yet come to the boil. Mergers, member retention and retirement are all shaping up as key battlegrounds for funds.

Lachlan Maddock | 5th May 2023 | More
‘Focus on the big game’ to stay competitive

Traditional portfolio construction might be dead. But that doesn’t mean there’s no way to beat inflation, even as investors anticipate it will continue to rise and fall over the next decade.

Lachlan Maddock | 24th Feb 2023 | More
‘Bring it on’: Trustees on nation-building

Super fund trustees are throwing their full weight behind nation building projects where they feel their funds can get a competitive return, while the Coalition’s competing super for housing policy has been labelled “elitist”.

Lachlan Maddock | 24th Feb 2023 | More
  • ‘A vast degree of experience’: Scott Tully lands at Rest

    Rest has brought on former Colonial First State executive director for investments Scott Tully and Spirit Super’s Paul Docherty to get a “fresh set of eyes” on its investment options.

    Staff Writer | 10th Feb 2023 | More
    ‘Take some of those punts’: Super fund CIOs prepare for the fire sale  

    It’s not quite over, but the dislocation in equity markets and forced selling is leaving plenty of bargains on the floor. Super fund CIOs will be particularly glad for “the strongest tool in their kitbag”.

    Lachlan Maddock | 14th Oct 2022 | More
    Rest hops into AMP’s new digs

    Rest has flashed its sustainable and private markets credentials with a stake in AMP Capital’s schmick redevelopment of 50 Bridge Street.

    Lachlan Maddock | 6th Jul 2022 | More
  • Rest expands decarb mandate with Calvert

    Calvert Research and Management has seen its decarbonization mandate with Rest expanded to the fund’s Australian equities portfolio.

    Lachlan Maddock | 1st Jul 2022 | More
    Rest hands ESG mandate to Calvert, Parametric

    The $60 billion industry fund has appointed Calvert and Parametric to implement sustainable screens across its real assets portfolio. Rest has awarded an enhanced ESG mandate to Parametric and Calvert to provider further diversification to its Sustainable Growth ethical investment option. The mandate will see Rest implement ethical and sustainable screens and tilts across its…

    Staff Writer | 12th Feb 2022 | More
  • Strong retail flows recovery set to continue

    Fund managers have enjoyed a strong bounce in fund flows, according to Morningstar data, and these flows are continuing in the first quarter of the year. In a webinar for clients last week (February 23), Grant Kennaway, Morningstar’s Melbourne-based director of research, said that while 2020 had been a difficult year for fund managers, it…

    Greg Bright | 26th 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