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Retirement Income Covenant hits parliament

KARREN VERGARA
The Retirement Income Covenant's introduction to parliament yesterday has been welcomed by major industry bodies.

Aware Super chief executive named Fund Executive of the Year

CHLOE WALKER
Chief executive of Aware Super Deanne Stewart has been awarded the 2021 Fund Executive Association Limited (FEAL) Fund Executive of the Year.

QSuper faces class action over excess premiums

JAMIE WILLIAMSON
A class action has been filed against QSuper, claiming it overcharged about 140,000 members for life insurance policies by charging almost all members the same despite differing occupations.

Link enters UK pension market

ANNABELLE DICKSON
Link Group is set to launch retirement solutions in the UK with a range of products to help providers enhance member experience.

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Tackling modern slavery through finance

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Pathways to gain bitcoin exposure

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Investing in the global energy transition

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Insurance cover available through superannuation

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Life insurance in superannuation: Improving member outcomes

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Digital advice key to keeping members engaged

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Managing systematic longevity risk

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The future of fund administration

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An evolving administration environment

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Corporate greenwashing: The latest target for climate litigation

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The psychology of super fund member segmentation

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The super fund performance test has landed

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Your Future is now: Superannuation reforms pass Parliament

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Cryptic with cryptocurrency

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Protecting SMSF assets: Key ways to secure the fund's assets during adverse events

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Avoiding mistakes with superannuation nomination beneficiary forms

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