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By Suzanne Holden  |  In Administration & Management
A former manager in the aviation industry, Link Group's Suzanne Holden says there are more similarities in financial services than one might expect. She tells Darren Snyder how a past career ... Read more

Landscape changes with potential for super implosion
By Stephen Fay  |  In Blogs
Changes to default superannuation outlined by the recent Productivity Commission report have potential to fundamentally alter the landscape for current market stakeholders. So altered is the new ... Read more

The state of the industry
By Sally Loane  |  In Ethics and governance
The headwinds on the horizon are plain to see. Political uncertainty is the new normal. The benefits of free trade are being challenged by those with isolationist agendas. The year has started with ... Read more

Superannuation industry issues in 2017 and beyond
By Guy McKannaPaul O'Brien  |  In Administration & Management
There is a range of trends, themes and issues ahead that the industry believes it will need to address this year. Rising risk profiles Respondents are most concerned about volatile markets and ... Read more

Smarter MySuper defaults
By Douglas Bucknell  |  In Super & Retirement
Are Super Funds being hypocritical? Telling their members who have made an investment choice and are engaged (circa 20%), via their website information, calculators and advice models (Limited ... Read more

Will you be sacrificing benefits?
By Marc Gleeson  |  In Super & Retirement
The removal of the 10% test from 1 July 2017 for individuals to make personal deductible contributions requires that financial advisers reconsider conventional approaches to finncial planning. Read more

Everything you need to know about self-managed superannuation funds
By Jonathan Hoyle  |  In SMSF
SMSFs have a few distinguishing features that differentiate them from other superannuation funds in the market place. These features include: Membership - SMSFs are restricted to just four members. ... Read more

Problem of scale no longer sails
By Alex Dunnin  |  In Blogs
Virgin Money Super, Future Super, Cruelty Free Super, Good Super, Human Super and Spaceship. These products may collectively run between them less than $1 billion, but it would be a big mistake to ... Read more

Cash: An asset in adolescence
By Mark Austin  |  In Investment Strategy
If the investment industry has a rebellious teenager in the house today, that teenager would be cash: it costs you more, is more challenging and offers little in return. Since the 2008 global ... Read more

When 'independence' depends on one's political philosophy
By David Gallagher  |  In Blogs
I have been struck this past week by the politicisation of the term 'independence' when it is used in the context of superannuation fund governance.  Indeed, the political philosophy of both ... Read more

Why successor directors are better than alternate directors for SMSF succession planning
By Bryce Figot  |  In SMSF
This article will address the problems that can arise in using alternate directors in an SMSF succession planning context and suggest a possible solution. As with all succession planning ... Read more

Australia's new public enemy No 1
By Alex Dunnin  |  In Blogs
Australian consumers have a new enemy. While much is made about some financial advice and insurance scandals, excessive fees, poor disclosure and low accountability, at least these problems have ... Read more
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Government reform to close super gender gap
28 April 2017, 11:47am
Women are facing significant challenges when it comes to saving for retirement and the gender gap won't be relieved without government input. Read more
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