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‘It was a feather in my cap’: Block looks back on eight years at ACS

“We had the courage to stick with our investment strategies,” ACS CIO Michael Block tells ISN. “Often what happens with a strategy that doesn’t work is you cut and run at the wrong time. We were lucky enough or clever enough or brave enough that that didn’t happen, and our members reaped the benefit this year.”

Lachlan Maddock | 2nd Dec 2022 | More
Retirement strategies need new ways of judging the future

The superannuation industry is grappling with the complexity of delivering retirement solutions. Perhaps the only way to assess how well they work in the future is to start assessing them right now.

Lachlan Maddock | 16th Nov 2022 | More
‘People know what happens when Vanguard comes to market’

Vanguard is living up to its name, with the launch of its superannuation product likely heralding a new age of high intensity fee competition. Managing director Daniel Shrimski says the index giant is willing to play “the long game” to become a major player in the market.

Lachlan Maddock | 11th Nov 2022 | More
  • The verdict is in: YFYS curbs ESG

    New research confirms the “anecdotal concerns” of the superannuation industry that the current design of the Your Future Your Super test makes responsible investing a no-go zone.

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Nov 2022 | More
    ‘Tremendous positive change’: Paul Schroder says yes to the test

    The CEO of AustralianSuper says the Morrison Government doesn’t get enough credit for introducing the YFYS reforms, and that funds need to stop arguing over its detail and get on with the business of performing against the benchmarks.

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th Nov 2022 | More
    Why APRA should have more leeway on YFYS

    Adding a qualitative measure of performance or the right to appeal to YFYS could enhance consumer outcomes. But critics have warned that it could defang the test.

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th Nov 2022 | 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
    YFYS survivors still need to merge: Cole

    Passing the performance test is no excuse for not merging, according to APRA, and the prudential regulator will still be giving small funds the nudge to consolidate where they feel their size isn’t sustainable.

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Oct 2022 | More
  • On YFYS, no quick fix for the ultimate blunt instrument

    A new review will address some of the unintended consequences of Your Future Your Super. But while super funds are no doubt holding out for a hero, there’s probably no perfect performance test.

    Lachlan Maddock | 30th Sep 2022 | More
    APRA has no view on fund size despite ‘sustainability challenges’: Cole

    The prudential regulator’s superannuation czar says it has no view on whether smaller funds can survive – but that funds must continue to innovate to avoid becoming “footnotes in financial history”.

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Sep 2022 | More
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