The new way of working could be killing our retirement outcomes

It’s the new work order: abandon the shackles of the 9 to 5 in favour of working multiple jobs, for multiple employers. Drive for Uber, take some paid board positions, …

What’s best for superannuation fund members transcends sector labels

Already this year the Productivity Commission has released the final report on its review of the superannuation sector, and the final report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the …

Can the Royal Commission possibly meet “community expectations”?

The final report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry will have to be some kind of masterpiece to meet all of the …

Does the Productivity Commission want to cut advisers out of the superannuation picture?

Concerns over conflicts of interest in financial advice have prompted the Productivity Commission to recommend a range of measures to help more superannuation fund members make better decisions about super …

Rethinking the risks and returns of misconduct

Like many Australians, I did a fair bit of travelling around the country over Christmas and New Year, which involved driving thousands of kilometres across NSW, Queensland and Tasmania. The …

Can the Royal Commission create a new industry hero?

From myth and the first recorded stories in ancient history to present-day movie blockbusters, humans appear to be obsessed with the idea of the hero. The “hero’s journey” narrative pops …

In super we trust, but is this the calm before the storm?

The numbers are in and there’s good news for industry super funds. According to CoreData research there’s been no damage to consumer trust from the Royal Commission’s superannuation hearings. The …

Five ways SMSF providers can deal with the death of homo economicus

The self-managed super fund (SMSF) market is reaching its maturation phase. The challenge facing participants in the market now is how to identify where new growth opportunities lie. So how …

Will trust in super evaporate in the heat of the royal commission?

The Royal Commission turns its attention to superannuation on Monday as it kicks off two weeks of public hearings in Melbourne. After the fireworks of previous hearings it promises to …

The four biggest challenges for advice in industry super funds

If the royal commission recommends the separation of product and advice when it reports later this year, super funds providing intra-fund advice to members will be caught between contradictory regulatory …