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Industry fund ups insurance premiums
HARRISON WORLEY  |  THURSDAY, 25 JUN 2020
An $8.5 billion industry superannuation fund is increasing the cost of insurance premiums paid by members. Australian Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund is upping the cost of its death and total and permanent disablement unitised cover as it ...
Rice Warner questions super return targets
HARRISON WORLEY  |  THURSDAY, 25 JUN 2020
After COVID-19 put paid to the 2020 return hopes of superannuation funds, research house Rice Warner has questioned whether return targets should be lowered. Rice Warner has questioned whether superannuation return targets should be lowered. As the ...
Property investors should diversify: FSI
HARRISON WORLEY  |  WEDNESDAY, 24 JUN 2020
First Sentier's head of global property securities is urging investors to take a diversified approach to property, as some sectors fare better than others in the COVID-19 economic wash-up. First Sentier head of global property securities Stephen Hayes ...
Pendal adds SRI lense to multi-asset fund
HARRISON WORLEY  |  WEDNESDAY, 24 JUN 2020
Pendal has increased the consideration of sustainability factors in its multi-asset target return fund, in what it claims is an Australian first. The global investment manager has introduced a new set of screens to its $189 million multi-asset target ...
ASIC refuses just 3% of AFSL relief applications
HARRISON WORLEY  |  WEDNESDAY, 24 JUN 2020
The corporate regulator refused just 3% of Australian financial services licence relief applications in the six month period that saw COVID-19 intensify. Outlining the regulator's relief application decisions in the six month period between October ...
Fixed income investors get new ESG rating
HARRISON WORLEY  |  TUESDAY, 23 JUN 2020
Global responsible investment manager Insight Investment has introduced a new ESG risk rating for fixed income products, which it claims covers around 95% of companies in global investment grade indices. The firm's new ESG risk rating tool provides ...
ASIC sues CBA, CFS over RC case
HARRISON WORLEY  |  TUESDAY, 23 JUN 2020
ASIC is taking Commonwealth Bank and its wealth arm, Colonial First State, to task over $22 million in conflicted remuneration issues which it alleges ran up until June 30 last year. The corporate regulator has sued CBA, and the investment arm of its ...
ATO data heaps pressure on ASIC's SMSF fact sheet
HARRISON WORLEY  |  MONDAY, 22 JUN 2020
New ATO data has brought ASIC's SMSF expense fact sheet under renewed pressure. Freshly released ATO figures show the median "operating expense" of SMSFs is $3923 a year, a stark contrast from data published by ASIC last year which stipulated the ...
COVID-19 brings trading boom
HARRISON WORLEY  |  MONDAY, 22 JUN 2020
New data shows sharemarket engagement has ticked up since the COVID-19 pandemic set in, as more Australians work from home. Latest nabTrade data reveals applications to the share trading platform increased 360% over the last quarter, with trading volumes ...
PPS Mutual bolsters distribution
HARRISON WORLEY  |  MONDAY, 22 JUN 2020
Mutual insurance firm PPS Mutual appointed a senior business development manager in an effort to strengthen its distribution efforts in Queensland. PPS Mutual has appointed Arthur Tang as a senior business development manager in Queensland, reporting ...
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