A crisis will redirect the order of things, and this crisis will surely live up to expectations.

The lazy areas where money leaks out or pools-up can no longer be hidden. Meanwhile, layers of monetary and fiscal stimulus are being provided to somewhat limit the pain of a fast approaching sharp recession. Don’t rule out the possibility of social unrest.

This is superannuation’s moment to be reframed, to be recast, pulled apart, and possibly rediscovered. The purpose of superannuation is being questioned like never before and its performance – both investment and operational – is being scrutinised by politicians and mainstream media.

This rediscovery will begin at the end of this month, on March 31, in the middle of a pandemic and on the verge of a deep recession and financial crisis.

Via a live broadcast this coming Tuesday, the combined super and advice industry will come together to be part of Professional Planner & Investment Magazine’s digitally live streamed event: “Superannuation and retirement in crisis”.

Purchase your digital access to this event here.

Governments are at this moment making trade-offs between pulling down harder on the stimulus lever, or prioritising the preservation of retirement savings and the system generally. A government in crisis mode with one eye on the economy and the other on the health crisis will surely feel empowered to keep the stimulus flowing.

Hon. Jane Hume, Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, will open the conference in a 30 minute Q&A covering what’s topical relating to crisis measures and superannuation rules. This is Senator Hume’s first presentation since the significant economic ramifications of the coronavirus crisis started to become clear.

Geoff Lloyd, CEO of one of the country’s largest super funds in MLC and chair of the Financial Services Council, will speak about leadership in a crisis, provide insight into the backroom emergency industry-government discussions, and contemplate the future at an uncertain moment in time.

The Financial Planning Association CEO Dante de Gori and Willis Towers Watson’s Nick Callil will dissect the government and industry’s movements.

The Grattan Institution’s John Daley will square off with Mercer’s David Knox over the importance of super and whether Australia has outgrown – or is still growing into – its retirement savings legacy.

Please view the full live-streamed digital Retirement Conference 2020 agenda here.           

While economic growth prospects remain unclear, but clearly impaired, the rebasing of everything will open a door of opportunity for funds and advisers to rethink concepts like ‘price’ and ‘value’ – whether it relates to their investment portfolios or business models – and start investing for a future that all Australians want to live in.

This live-streamed event is a must for trustees of funds of all sizes, advisers, and investment & operations specialists within the superannuation industry who are practicing social distancing and self-isolation.

Smith is the editor of Professional Planner’s print and digital platforms. He is an experienced financial journalist, editor and multimedia producer who has held senior editorial positions both in mainstream press and trade media.
One comment on “Superannuation and retirement: In the grips of a crisis”
  1. Avatar Michael Phillips

    As long as we are going to allow Industry super funds to control the narrative on super you get what you deserve. Super is about providing a stable, reliable and transparent income stream which the Industry Funds CANNOT provide. The model is wrong, the structure is wrong and the average person pays for it and what is worse….they don’t even understand why they are.

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