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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
More funds set to pass YFYS test with flying colours

Allocations to unlisted property, diversified fixed interest, Australian and international shares had the greatest impact on whether an option passed the test or not.

Lachlan Maddock | 10th 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
  • 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
    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
  • 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. While questions have been raised about the ability of the YFYS performance test to accurately identify poor-performing funds, an analysis of historical global pension fund data by CEM…

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

    The wave of consolidation racing through the superannuation industry is now raising eyebrows at the prudential regulator. With the massive amounts of FUM being devoured, some funds are suffering indigestion. “This may manifest at the industry level at the point of transfer in a SFT, for example where an administrator has a backlog of transfers…

    Lachlan Maddock | 24th Jun 2022 | More
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