Bring global giants to heel on tax

Original article by Olivia Caisley
The Australian – Page: 5 : 1-Aug-19

Labor senator and former union official Tony Sheldon says the federal government should follow the example of other nations and ensure that multinational companies pay their "fair share" of tax in Australia. Sheldon also used his maiden speech in parliament to urge the government to take action to ensure that gig economy workers are entitled to superannuation and a fair rate of pay.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, UBER TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FOODORA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, DELIVEROO AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, TRANSPORT WORKERS’ UNION

Revealed – the worst default super funds

Original article by Joanna Mather
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 19-Jul-19

Industry Super Australia’s analysis of data from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority shows that Hostplus and Cbus are among the MySuper funds that have delivered the best returns over the last five years. However, Max Super is the only retail fund in ISA’s list of the 20 best-performing MySuper funds. The super funds of the Commonwealth Bank and Westpac are among the MySuper funds that delivered the lowest returns over the period.

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INDUSTRY SUPER AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, HOST-PLUS, CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING UNIONS’ SUPERANNUATION FUND, MAX SUPER PTY LTD, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, SARGON, BLACKROCK INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION

Super funds post solid returns, but challenging times ahead

Original article by Samantha Bailey
The Australian – Page: 17 & 27 : 18-Jul-19

Data from Chant West shows that the median growth superannuation fund achieved a return of seven per cent in 2018-19. QSuper and UniSuper delivered the best return, at 9.9 per cent apiece, followed by Media Super and AustralianSuper with returns of 8.8 per cent and 8.7 per cent respectively. Growth funds have averaged a return of 8.8 per cent per annum over the last decade, but Ian Fryer and Mano Mhankumar of Chant West warn that the sector faces headwinds and investors should not expect such returns to be sustained. However, Fryer says it is important to note that super is a long-term investment.

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CHANT WEST FINANCIAL SERVICES PTY LTD, QSUPER LIMITED, UNISUPER LIMITED, MEDIA SUPER LIMITED, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, HOST-PLUS, SUPERRATINGS PTY LTD

Big super ready to fund infrastructure

Original article by Joanna Mather
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 9-Jul-19

IFM Investors CEO Brett Himbury has argued the case for industry superannuation funds to invest in public infrastructure, saying they are prepared to buy into both new and existing assets. Himbury concedes that there is still some concern about the partial sale of public assets; however, he stresses that unlike some private investors, super funds are focused on long-term returns rather than short-term profits. Former ACTU secretary Bill Kelty has proposed the creation of a new government-backed asset class that is focused on infrastructure.

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IFM INVESTORS PTY LTD, ACTU, INFRADEBT PTY LTD

Industry Funds increasing lead in satisfaction over Retail Funds – Unisuper the top performer

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 8-Jul-19

New research by Roy Morgan shows that in the six months to May 2019, satisfaction with the financial performance of industry superannuation funds was 62.5% (up 0.5% points from the same period 12 months ago), compared with 56.5% for retail super funds (down 3.7% points). Satisfaction with retail funds was 1.8% below that of industry funds in 2018, and this gap has now increased to 6.0%. Ten of the top 12 performing super funds in May 2019, based on member satisfaction with their financial performance, were industry funds. The highest rating was for Unisuper (70.9%), followed by Tasplan on 69.6%. The only two retail funds to make it to the top 12 were Macquarie with 66.6% and Mercer on 64.3%. These results are from the newly released Roy Morgan report ‘Satisfaction with Financial Performance of Superannuation in Australia’, May 2019 edition. The data in this report represents some of the findings from Roy Morgan’s Single Source survey, which is based on in-depth interviews conducted face-to-face with over 50,000 consumers per annum in their homes, including over 30,000 with superannuation. These results are based on interviews conducted in the six months to May 2019.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, CATHOLIC SUPER, UNISUPER LIMITED, MACQUARIE SUPERANNUATION, COLONIAL FIRST STATE SUPER

Super returns can’t last forever: Chant West

Original article by Andrew White
The Australian – Page: 31 : 28-Jun-19

Data from Chant West shows that the median growth superannuation fund is on track to deliver a return of 7.1 per cent for 2018-19. It would be the 10th year of positive returns after big losses in 2008 and 2009 due to the global financial crisis. However, Mano Mohankumar of Chant West cautions that the strong performance may not be sustained, noting that super funds have in effect simply been recovering from the financial crisis, while the sector faces a number of headwinds.

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CHANT WEST FINANCIAL SERVICES PTY LTD, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX

AMP hit with new class action

Original article by Samantha Bailey
The Australian – Page: 20 : 27-Jun-19

AMP says it will "vigorously" defend a class action launched by law firm Slater & Gordon, which alleges that superannuation fund members were charged excessive fees. Slater & Gordon is the second law firm to file a class action on behalf of AMP’s super fund members, with Maurice Blackburn having done so in May. Maurice Blackburn is also pursuing a separate class action against AMP over its compliance with disclosure obligations.

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AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, SLATER AND GORDON LIMITED – ASX SGH, MAURICE BLACKBURN PTY LTD, THERIUM LITIGATION FINANCE

Super funds seek energy policy action

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 25-Jun-19

Industry Super Australia says the nation’s energy policy needs to be overhauled quickly to prevent heavy industries going offshore. ISA contends that the amount of investment needed in electricity should be attracting the interest of portfolio investors, but a lack of certainty on energy policy means this is not occurring. ISA says there should be a focus on the creation of competition for long-term supply of energy and capacity at specified emissions targets, as well as the formation of special investment vehicles to encourage investment in the energy sector.

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INDUSTRY SUPER AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Super system far too complex

Original article by Adam Creighton
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 24-Jun-19

Nobel Prize-winning economists Eugene Fama and Richard Thaler contend that Australia’s superannuation system has too many investment options and that its fees are too high. Fama says low-fee passive funds should be the default option in a system that is government-mandated, while Thaler says lower fees should be achievable through competitive bidding. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg recently announced a new review of the $2.8 trillion superannuation sector.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, RAINMAKER INFORMATION SERVICES PTY LTD

Balanced super ahead for 10th year

Original article by Natasha Gillezeau
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 17-Jun-19

Data from SuperRatings shows that the average balanced superannuation fund achieved a return of -0.7 per cent in May. However, the average return for balanced options so far in 2018-19 is 5.1 per cent, putting the sector on track to deliver a positive return for the financial year. SuperRatings executive director Kirby Rappell notes that the return for median balanced super funds is about 8.5 per cent over the last 10 years.

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SUPERRATINGS PTY LTD