AUSTRALIA - Growth funds returned an average of 5.6% in September, marking the best start to a financial year in over a decade, according to local consultancy, Intech.
The 5.6% return was led by the Australian sharemarket and compares to the modest starts of 2% and 3% for the corresponding quarters for the last two financial years and in sharp contrast to the -6% for...
AUSTRALIA - The wheels were finally set in motion to raise the contribution limit in Australia to 12% from 9% with the introduction of a new bill today.
AUSTRALIA - The A$73.2bn ($78.2bn) Future Fund lost 2.9% in the third quarter, though moves to decrease equity exposures helped stave off more drastic losses.
AUSTRALIA - The median balanced superannuation fund has fallen for the fifth consecutive month returning -1.8%, -4.9% for the September quarter and -3.8% for the past year, SuperRatings finds.
AUSTRALIA - The merger between the A$2.4bn (US$2.5bn) StatewideSuper and the A$1.7bn Local Super will move to the next stage, beginning the due diligence process following approval in principle from the funds' major shareholders.
Jeremy Cooper, author of Australia's Cooper review on superannuation, talks about his vision behind a lower-cost, more efficient pension system. He talks about the failure of traditional drivers of competition to lower prices in the financial services...