Super funds must balance leadership and consensus

When a fund is open to the public, there is a dilution of the influence of those who were ‘looking after’ their members – unions and employers. Super funds may need to better balance leadership and consensus management styles.

physical gold

Is gold broken?

Falling gold prices this year have scared off many gold investors, and traditional financial asset buyers are unlikely to return in time for a rally.

super returns

Look at super with different eyes

Thinking differently about how to get the best out of your super means taking time to talk through the options that meet your personal needs, and making it work for you. And don’t associate ‘pension’ with ‘old age’.

rockers

Dear friends, colleagues and fellow rockers

The affordability of seeing a movie, or cost of driving to the movie theatre, has not changed much over the 32 year period from 1981 to 2013. But the same cannot be said for ticket prices of concerts featuring aging rockers.

We need to talk about risk

Risk means different things to different people, and there is a misallocation of resources, energy and intellect across the superannuation industry (and investment industry more broadly) to address risk.

life expectancy

The financial life cycle paradox

Living longer does not necessarily translate into financial freedom. The hope is that you can work longer and therefore have more savings for your retirement, but people have less income-earning years.

Managing for real returns

There is a significant leadership opportunity for super funds to manage real return risk, where the inflation risk represents a potential erosion of retirement outcomes.

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