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CBA Group Super overhauls service providers

JAMIE WILLIAMSON
The contracts for administration, custody and financial advice services at Commonwealth Bank Group Superannuation will soon be handed over to new providers, ending some long-standing relationships.

Former Spaceship chief executive banned

JAMIE WILLIAMSON
The former chief executive of Spaceship has been banned from providing financial services after ASIC found he had an employee complete AICD assessments on his behalf.

YFYS could dampen ESG adoption: Research

KARREN VERGARA
The Your Future, Your Super reforms could potentially threaten the adoption of sustainable investing strategies, new research from Parametric shows.

Aware Super retains Link

KARREN VERGARA
Link Group will continue to act as the administrator for the Victorian Schools Superannuation Fund following its merger with Aware Super.

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