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Keep super calm and carry on

Posted: Wednesday 27 July, 2016

As the world comes to grips with the shock referendum outcome in the UK, where voters narrowly backed an exit from the EU, short-term volatility has wiped trillions of dollars from the value of global stock markets.

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  • Designing a 21st century retirement income system requires a more thoughtful debate

    Author: David Whiteley, Posted: Thursday 17 March, 2016

    Tax expert Geoff Carmody argues that a flat-rate pension for all would be a cheaper, fairer, simpler and more efficient retirement income policy than the current mix of the age pension supplemented or replaced by super, bolstered by tax concessions.

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  • Can Stronger Economic Leadership Cure Our Short-Term Thinking?

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Tuesday 22 September, 2015

    The causes of Australia’s current economic malaise can be diagnosed as too little structural reform, not enough patient investment in high quality infrastructure, too much speculation on financial assets and real estate and too much reliance on ongoing monetary stimulus. The economic drift played out dramatically this week, with Tony Abbott unseated as PM and Malcolm Turnbull taking over with a pr...

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  • Raiding super ‘not the answer’ to affordable housing

    Author: David Whiteley, Posted: Tuesday 22 September, 2015

    Allowing early access to super to buy a home is a superficially attractive idea which seems to provide a popular ready-made news and talkback radio topic every six months or so.

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  • Banks aren’t super- especially at work

    Author: Bernie Dean, Posted: Friday 28 August, 2015

    By now you’ll know that woman with the wavy hair - and that smile - who makes the Industry SuperFund thing with her hands when the banker asks about her super.

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  • The super system has to stop compounding the gender pay gap

    Author: Robbie Campo, Posted: Tuesday 25 August, 2015

    Much needs to be done to remedy the fact that the average Australian woman currently retires with only around half the retirement savings of her male counterpart.

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  • The link between super fund governance and strong economic growth

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Monday 03 August, 2015

    The lack of a long term investment horizon is a key driver of low investment returns and low growth in the Australian economy today – and that outcome is likely to be exacerbated by the government’s recent proposal to impose the banks’ governance model on not-for-profit funds like industry super funds.

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