Superannuation

Is consolidation the cure-all for underperforming super funds?

Calls for consolidation of the number of funds in the superannuation sector have intensified with APRA and industry commentators putting underperforming funds on notice.

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Shifting the culture of the super industry: a new focus on the retirement years

For almost 25 years, Australia’s superannuation industry has been focused on maximising wealth accumulation throughout members’ working lives. Now the industry is shifting focus to maximising income throughout their retirement.…

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To engage with members, super funds (and members) must embrace digital

Nature abhors a vacuum. So do super fund members when it comes to information about their retirement, according to the new KPMG/Challenger report, Guiding members safely down a path in…

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The question (not the race) that stops the nation: will my superannuation stay the distance?

It’s that time of year again – the first Tuesday in November, when we run the Melbourne Cup! Once again, I have been tasked to find the followers of this…

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Superannuation: too important to withstand any more government speculation

Having strongly supported the government’s initial superannuation legislative measures last week we think yesterday’s follow-up effort on the more contentious issues was a reasonable outcome in a difficult position. The…

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Draft superannuation legislation: a step towards gender equity

The government’s political problems with the superannuation tax changes proposed in May’s Budget are well known as Parliament still awaits the draft legislation on the most contentious of these issues.…

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Superannuation reform – where to from here?

With the Federal Election run and won, and Parliament set to resume, attention will once again focus on tax reform, and, in particular, what will happen in relation to the…

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The ‘super’ gender gap: a significant issue for equality in retirement

The proposed super changes in May were the most contentious part of the Federal Budget, and – depending on what newspaper you read – may have contributed to the Coalition’s…

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Super tax concessions:  did the Treasurer meet his own objectives?

 In a speech on 18 February 2016, the Treasurer said “there is a strong case for examining the size and structure of [superannuation] tax concessions” in order “to be confident…

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Paul Howes on superannuation: a central and sacrosanct pillar of retirement

Superannuation is a central pillar in Australia’s retirement incomes system. If it wasn’t for the deferment of wages into compulsory retirement savings, meeting the challenges facing an ageing population would…

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Superannuation: wealth accumulation achieved, now time to focus on retirement outcomes  

The most important and far-reaching developments often come in seemingly innocuous guises. This week saw one such event in the superannuation industry – one which could have a major influence…

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MySuper, MyPension, MyMelbourne Cup

Past performance is not necessarily an indicator of future performance with superannuation or in predicting the winner of the Melbourne Cup. Damian Ryan was ‘in form’ last year. Can he…

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Raising engagement with super: As easy as talking more about it

Raising engagement with super is easy: reduce the preservation age, the age when you can access super.

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