Insights

Spotlight: Independent Directors on super fund boards

Thursday 22nd March 2018
Spotlight on Independent Directors on super fund boards
Spotlight on Independent Directors on super fund boards

With the Banking Royal Commission now underway, the superannuation industry will also find itself in the spotlight. Independence on boards is likely to be on the agenda, once again. This week we take a look at 10 of the largest profit-for-member funds in Australia - who invest $500 billion of their members' funds - compare their current number of directors, and drill down to find out a little more about the 16 independent directors appointed so far.


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Celebrating with the industry's influential women for International Women's Day

Thursday 8th March 2018
International Women's Day 2018
International Women's Day 2018

Today marks the 104th International Women's Day, a day where we celebrate the social, political, cultural and economic achievements of women across the world, while also highlighting the significant inequalities they face. As passionate supporters of the cause, we spoke to some influential women in the financial services industry and asked them to pay tribute to the women in their lives who have made a difference.



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The evolution of impact investing

Friday 2nd March 2018
The missing piece of the puzzle
The missing piece of the puzzle

Social Ventures Australia (SVA) is at the forefront of impact investing in Australia. In partnership with Uniting, it was integral in getting the first social impact bond – the Newpin Social Benefit Bond – off the ground and continues to be involved in developing impact investing products across Australia.

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2018 Women In Super Leadership Scholarships now open!

Thursday 22nd February 2018
Women In Super 2018 Scholarship program
Women In Super 2018 Scholarship program

At the Women In Super (WIS) luncheon with investment leader and philanthropist Chris Cuffe last week, it was announced that WIS, in partnership with the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) @ UNSW Business School, will continue its scholarship program, with all WIS members eligible to apply for the AGSM's Executive Education Short Courses to further their learning and leadership capabilities.

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Industry leaders fire up the grill for this year's OzHarvest CEO CookOff

Thursday 15th February 2018
OzHarvest CEO CookOff
OzHarvest CEO CookOff

Finance industry leaders are among the many top executives preparing to participate in the OzHarvest CEO CookOff, to be held on Monday 19 March at Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries. Egged on by their friends and colleagues in the form of sponsorship dollars, they will work alongside some of Australia's most talented chefs, to serve a gourmet feast to more than a thousand of the city's most vulnerable people.

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An insight into the future of retirement: Q&A with DST’s Sam Higgie, Director of Product Management

Thursday 8th February 2018
Sam Higgie
Sam Higgie

Australia’s superannuation system has been recognised as one of the best pension systems in the world, largely due to the introduction of compulsory contributions in 1992. According to the latest APRA data, Australians since have amassed approximately A$2.5 trillion in retirement savings. However, the rapidly growing number of baby boomers heading into retirement combined with longer life expectancies, has pushed the system into a critical tipping point. According to DST’s Sam Higgie, this presents an enormous opportunity for superannuation funds and life insurers. The big question is: are they ready?

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From humble beginnings

Thursday 1st February 2018
From humble beginnings
From humble beginnings

Our very first jobs can teach us lifelong lessons - about our character, skills, ethics, and sometimes, that we’d rather be doing anything but this! Industry Moves asked a selection of our featured movers to reveal their introduction into the workforce and discovered that their first jobs were as varied, and interesting, as the professionals they became.



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Moves Analysis - 2017 - Five years of data

Thursday 25th January 2018
Moves Analysis 2017
Moves Analysis 2017

In our customary fashion, Industry Moves is kicking off the year with an analysis of the activity in reported moves for 2017. In what has been a watershed moment for our reporting capabilities, we also now have five full years of comparative moves data, which we have summarised for you below.

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What got you clicking in 2017.

Wednesday 20th December 2017
2017 Review
2017 Review

Despite dire warnings from some of the world’s economic think tanks at the beginning of the year, the sky has not yet fallen in and 2017 has proved to be a pretty good year for investors. In more good news, this year Industry Moves reported on 1,426 moves, 849 of which were appointments, with a plethora of newly-created roles and boutique start-ups.

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Thought-provoking ideas of 2017

Thursday 14th December 2017
2017 Insights
2017 Insights

We've covered some interesting topics in our weekly insight pieces this year - from the neuroscience behind investment decision making, to how to prepare your organisation for the digital age. We've also been introduced to some of the industry's newest ethical investment options, as well as the push for workplaces to be more diverse and flexible. As the year draws to a close, we take a look back on the most thought provoking ideas of 2017 and the thought leaders and change makers behind them.




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Spotlight on 2017's departing veterans

Thursday 7th December 2017
Farewelling 2017's departing veterans
Farewelling 2017's departing veterans

Well, 2017 has been a big year - aren't they all - and for some of our industry's longest-serving employees it has signalled time for a change. This week, we pay homage to a dozen of those who have served impressive innings at their respective organisations (with 221.5 years served between them) and are moving on to pursue new opportunities both in and out of the industry.





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Fear not of Fintech: FPA cuts through the hype

Thursday 30th November 2017
Fear not of Fintech: FPA cuts through the hype
Fear not of Fintech: FPA cuts through the hype

For many financial advisers, fintech is thought of as a negative disruption, rivalling their traditional business models with technology that could eventually take away their jobs. However, a new report from the Financial Planning Association may help allay fears, as it spotlights the products that are designed to improve efficiency, reduce costs and optimise valuable face-to-face client time.

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Flexible Working: It's more than just having a policy in place

Thursday 23rd November 2017
Julie Cogin
Julie Cogin

Professor Julie Cogin is an advocate for effective flexible workplace initiatives and a trailblazer for women in the workplace. In 2016, she was named as one of Australia’s women of influence in the category of diversity. Speaking at yesterday's Women in Super boardroom lunch in Sydney, hosted by MFS Investors, she shared her latest research on the impact that flexible workplaces can have on organisational performance.

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Investing in the financial services professionals of tomorrow

Thursday 16th November 2017
Griffith University's Investment Fund
Griffith University's Investment Fund

Research shows that finance students learn best when managing real money, which is why Queensland’s Griffith University has allocated $250,000 towards an investment fund that will allow third-year and Master of Finance students to trade on the ASX. Industry Moves speaks with Associate Professor, Robert Bianchi, about the process for setting up the fund, the decision to invest in only socially responsible companies and where he sees the future of the industry.


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Australians abroad: part two

Thursday 9th November 2017
Australians abroad: part two
Australians abroad: part two

A few weeks ago, Industry Moves caught up with some former Australian-based movers who have settled into new lives abroad and enjoyed hearing their tales of adventure. This week, we bring you part two of our 'Australians Abroad' series, highlighting the stories of three senior execs who have settled in Hong Kong and the UK. We ask them to share some local issues that are influencing their work, what they enjoy most about their new homes and the advice they'd offer those who might be thinking about taking the plunge!


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Expect the unexpected - things you don't know about your industry peers

Friday 3rd November 2017
The many hats worn by those in finance
The many hats worn by those in finance

Our peers in the finance industry wear many hats; from investment manager to climate change negotiator, senior portfolio manager to helicopter pilot, investment associate to sports champion. To find this out, and more, all we had to do was ask "what's something most people don't know about you?" We've rounded up some of our favourite responses for your reading pleasure and will leave you to decide the winner of this week's 'dark horse' award.




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Like father, like son: Q&A with Michael and Matt Heine from netwealth

Wednesday 1st November 2017
Matt and Michael Heine, netwealth
Matt and Michael Heine, netwealth

Following in their fathers' footsteps has been a generational trend for Michael and Matt Heine, joint managing directors at netwealth. This week, we speak with the father/son duo about the lessons learnt from one another, some new developments alongside their transition to life as a listed company and some 'lessons from history' that help to steer their family in the right financial direction.

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