Superannuation fund CIOs are predicting a tough year ahead for equities investors punctuated by low economic growth and possible share market draw downs.
Ben HurleyDecember 20, 2018
While investment returns have strengthened to levels last seen before the global financial crisis, responsible investment funds have surged even higher, according to the 2013 Responsible Investment Benchmark Report. The research found responsible investment funds have outperformed both the benchmark and the average of mainstream funds over short and long terms in both Australian and […]
Andrew StarkeJuly 15, 2013
Financial advisers play a key role in ensuring investors get the message on socially responsible investing but changing mindsets has been slower than expected. An industry roundtable event last week revealed the frustration that many campaigners for environmental, social and governance (ESG) policy feel at SRI remaining a fringe, altruistic issue rather than a driver of investment decisions.
Andrew StarkeDecember 3, 2012
Australians contributed $24 billion into self-managed super funds in the 2010-11 financial year, according to the Financial Services Council’s Bond Report on the sector. Of the $24 billion, discretionary contributions represented by far the largest growth rate with a $3.2 billion (19.8 per cent) increase to $24 billion between 2009-10 and 2010-11, while employer contributions grew by $0.3 billion (4.9 per cent) to $6.8 billion during the same period.
Andrew StarkeOctober 11, 2012
Australians are bracing for poor returns from their super funds when end-of-financial-year statements hit mailboxes over the coming month. An online survey of more than 470 super fund members across all sectors, conducted in July, found one in five (21 per cent) respondents are expecting a negative return, while one quarter (26 per cent) expect a neutral return.
Andrew StarkeAugust 13, 2012
When an investment opportunity seems too good to be true, it’s probably not true - and that’s particularly so in the US housing market, says Dug Higgins.
Dug HigginsAugust 2, 2011