LGIAsuper to stand on its own

Queensland-based superannuation fund LGIAsuper has doubled down on its efforts to rebuke the current trend of consolidation sweeping the sector.

In a post to its website, chief executive of the $12 billion fund, Kate Farrar said LGIAsuper was not seeking merger opportunities and was determined to stay in touch with its roots as a "boutique" fund.

"LGIAsuper has a unique and very successful investment philosophy that has seen us performing in the top quartile of similar funds over the last financial year," Farrar said.

"This is because we have retained our strong member focus and a nimbleness that big funds struggle to match."

Farrar said the fund's size allowed it to go in on mid-market opportunities its larger competitors would normally pass over.

"From agriculture in the US and property in the UK, to a range of local investments, we leave no stone unturned in our search for the best investment opportunities for our members," she said.

The fund said its approach was "a unique selling point", and appealed to high value members approaching retirement, who were searching for confidence in the investment strategy responsible for their life savings.

But while the fund is committed to finding the best value for its members, Farrar said mergers are off the table.

"Investment philosophies and cultures have to align to make a merger successful and we have consciously decided not to go down that path," Farrar said.

"Our investment philosophy would not translate to a big fund that is trying to be all things to all people.

"On the other hand, cost savings delivered through operational and administration efficiencies allow you to deliver a competitive fee offer, and this is where we are focusing our attention right now."

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