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Time for super to get its purpose as industry counts early release cost

The spectre of early release still looms large over the industry, and super’s true believers want its purpose legislated to prevent Australia’s retirement savings from becoming a crisis piggy bank.

Lachlan Maddock | 12th Aug 2022 | More
Super wars return, with new battles

The old ideological battlelines are being drawn up once again in preparation for three more years of fist fighting over Australia’s retirement savings.

Lachlan Maddock | 10th Aug 2022 | More
V-Square launches sustainable strategy for super funds

Chicago-based V-Square Quantitative Management has expanded its separately-managed account platform with the launch of its Global Equity ESG Materiality and Carbon Transition Indexed Strategy.

Lachlan Maddock | 5th Aug 2022 | More
  • Super funds long-term investors no more as industry goes ‘limp mode’

    A big chunk of super funds are now in “limp mode” as their buffer against the performance test evaporates. And sustainable investing is getting harder when even tobacco exclusions eat up the tracking error budget. Everybody knows that people will say what they really think as long as they don’t have to put their name…

    Lachlan Maddock | 27th Jul 2022 | More
    Funds cast a cautious eye over ESG performance as YFYS bites

    Performance concerns for sustainable investing have risen to the fore as the Your Future Your Super (YFYS) test shortens investment horizons. The wider return outlook is more challenged too. The localised results of Schroder’s Institutional Investor Study, released this week, show that Australian institutional investors are even more concerned about the performance of sustainable investing…

    Lachlan Maddock | 24th Jul 2022 | More
    Hedge funds back in favour amidst market gyrations

    The old adage about volatility bringing opportunity is proving true for hedge fund managers globally, who are more confident than ever that their strategies will once again be a weapon of choice in the arsenals of the world’s largest investors. Around 83 per cent of the 100 respondents to a survey in SigTech’s 2022 Hedge…

    Lachlan Maddock | 22nd Jul 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. The final individual fund numbers when confirmed later this month will also show that several funds which had taken more defensive stances with…

    Greg Bright | 8th Jul 2022 | More
    What comes next for YFYS

    The performance test for Choice products has been paused, and the Albanese Government has launched a sweeping review into the Your Future, Your Super (YFYS) reforms. So what comes next? The superannuation industry was in something of a state of shock on Thursday afternoon, with late breaking news that the YFYS performance test for Choice…

    Lachlan Maddock | 8th Jul 2022 | More
  • Time for a reality check on 15 per cent super

    As the new Labor Government explores pathways to 15 per cent, the superannuation industry needs to examine whether that’s really in the best interests of members. As of July 1, the superannuation guarantee will rise to 10.5 per cent on its long and meandering path to the legislated 12 per cent. That will give workers…

    Lachlan Maddock | 1st Jul 2022 | More
    ‘Strong case’ to hit pause on choice performance test: Chant West

    The performance test as it stands isn’t “fit for purpose” when it comes to choice products. And its bright line nature means tweaks are needed for MySuper products too. While the MySuper performance test dispatched a mere 13 funds, the outcomes for choice products could be even worse, according to analysis from ratings house Chant…

    Lachlan Maddock | 1st Jul 2022 | More
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