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Where big super will really invest next

Private credit and unlisted infrastructure are on the offshore shopping list, but some funds feel illiquid assets aren’t worth the stress (testing). And YFYS isn’t just driving asset allocation decisions – it might start influencing product development too.

Lachlan Maddock | 28th Nov 2023 | More
Betashares’ super play faces an uphill battle

Betashares has become the second ETF provider to launch a superannuation product, but as with other new entrants into the highly concentrated market it will be a challenge for it to find its feet.

Lachlan Maddock | 29th Sep 2023 | More
Why instos are on the hunt for US housing

Multifamily housing is a “darling asset class” even in a recessionary environment according to Kayne Anderson, and a great way for big institutional investors to achieve impact investment goals.

Staff Writer | 27th Sep 2023 | More
  • Wayne Swan rallies super’s true believers

    Big super seems to be experiencing an identity crisis. But former federal treasurer Wayne Swan has provided a unifying vision for Australia’s gargantuan pool of retirement savings. Former federal treasurer Wayne Swan’s speech at ASFA’s 2022 conference comes as super experiences something of an identity crisis. Executives are fretting over how to maintain their culture…

    Lachlan Maddock | 29th Apr 2022 | 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
    Record returns no balm for Wilson’s wrath

    Last week was a big one for the chief executives of AustralianSuper and Cbus. Their funds announced record-setting returns for the financial year and the next day they both took another hammering from a Commonwealth parliamentary committee. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, chaired by Tim Wilson, a Liberal MP, is often enlivened…

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Jul 2021 | More
  • Funds coming to grips with digital advice

    Super funds have battled with providing financial advice for decades but have not yet found a solution that can make it affordable and efficient for millions of low-balance members. Digital advice – including ‘robo’ – which in theory solves the affordable problem, has also been a decades-long dream for Australian wealth management, a revolution in…

    Lachlan Maddock | 2nd Jul 2021 | More
    … as Aware mixes inhouse and IFA offerings

    Australia’s second-largest super fund will look to bridge the trust gap between industry funds and independent financial advisers (IFAs) as it expands further into the external advice space. Matt Willis, Aware Super’s head of business development, says the fund plans to build on the advice offering it acquired through its 2020 merger with WA Super…

    Lachlan Maddock | 2nd Jul 2021 | More
  • Future Fund first in world rankings for governance

    The Future Fund has come first out of the world’s 100 largest sovereign and public pension funds in the latest ranking by the Global SWF group on governance, sustainability and resilience. It is the second year in a row that the Australian fund has been the only one to score positively in all of the…

    Greg Bright | 2nd Jul 2021 | More
    New SG battle looms after YFYS gets through

    With the passage of Your Future Your Super through the Senate, the Morrison Government won a key victory against the superannuation industry. A bigger fight looms over the scheduled SG increase. While it wasn’t quite the utter dismemberment faced by the Government’s industrial relations Bill in April 2021, the YFYS reforms were significantly altered by…

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th Jun 2021 | More
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