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Don’t get keyed up on BFID – it won’t hurt ESG

While the best financial interests’ duty (BFID) has seen some super funds think twice about ESG,reconciling ESG and responsible investment with best financial interests’ duty isn’t the hurdle some think. One of the more obtuse changes under Your Future Your Super (YFYS) was the insertion of the word “financial” into “best (financial) interests’ duty”. While…

Lachlan Maddock | 22nd Jun 2022 | More
Why industry funds must keep ‘the hunger to succeed’: Delaney

Some within the sector believe the super wars are over and that industry funds have emerged victorious. But they shouldn’t take their primacy, or the change in government, for granted. Arriving at work one morning in October 1987, now AustralianSuper chief investment officer Mark Delaney was greeted by a gloomy telex message that said the…

Lachlan Maddock | 15th Jun 2022 | More
‘Lots of levers to pull’ as markets roiled: Michalakis

Hostplus is navigating the current market upheaval – and a murky future – by pumping more money into unlisted assets. But despite a gloomy outlook, the “innovation genie” isn’t going anywhere. “Central banks are clearly behind the game here… and they’re trying to manage higher rates against a backdrop of pretty difficult markets,” Hostplus deputy…

Lachlan Maddock | 8th Jun 2022 | More
  • Funds spar with government over unlisted assets

    Super funds may soon be forced to reveal internal valuations for unlisted assets. But the lesson from the Future Fund is that the new regulations aren’t in anybody’s best interests. While much of government’s recent focus has been on implementing the “Your Future Your Super” performance test, super funds could also soon be subject to…

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Sep 2021 | More