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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.

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.

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

“In general, it is a healthy environment for hedge funds, with allocation from institutional investors expected to rise. As markets brace for uncertainty, investors expect hedge funds to offer positive returns while reducing portfolio risk.”

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.

    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?

    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.

    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.

    Lachlan Maddock | 1st Jul 2022 | More
    CEM finds the value in YFYS

    A new report from CEM Benchmarking shows that the Your Future Your Super (YFYS) performance test lifts system-wide outcomes. But size of fund is no silver bullet.

    Lachlan Maddock | 29th Jun 2022 | More
  • APRA grows concerned on consolidation, flags new standards

    The regulator says it doesn’t “blindly adopt” a big is good, small is bad approach, and is concerned the industry is consolidating too quickly.

    Lachlan Maddock | 24th Jun 2022 | More
    ‘They’re still sticking to their goals’: MSCI on YFYS

    While Australia’s biggest asset owners are “extremely sophisticated” on ESG, the shackles of the idiosyncratic Your Future Your Super (YFYS) benchmarks are still holding them back on portfolio decarbonisation.

    Lachlan Maddock | 24th Jun 2022 | More
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