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Australian funds look to collective DC

The $2 trillion Australian superannuation industry continues to evolve, with the move to collective defined contribution the latest product innovation for pension funds. While the industry is largely defined contribution, it hasn’t been good at providing retirement income products. Now, a number of Australian funds that have had both defined benefit and defined contribution plan […]
Investor Profile

UniSuper’s domestic equities bias

John Pearce recently notched up five years in the role of chief investment officer at the $37 billion Australian fund, Unisuper. Here he explains his fund’s bias to domestic equities and explains the parameters of the fund’s in house management program. David Rowley reports. John Pearce has a side bet with a member of his […]
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UniSuper defies accepted thinking

Mention any asset class to John Pearce, chief investment officer of Australian superannuation fund UniSuper, and he will doggedly set out the good and bad thinking around it. A common source of his ire is the sight of investors herding around a belief based on a lack of rigorous thinking. Good practice for him involves […]
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UniSuper’s specialist revolution for global equities

The A$25 billion ($21 billion) UniSuper is revolutionising its $4 billion international equities portfolio, terminating every active developed markets manager in favour of passively tracking the MSCI World, while alpha is sought among specialist regional and sectoral managers, with a listed technology mandate to be first cab off the rank. The chief investment officer of […]
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Australia’s UniSuper launches first internal capabilities

The $A25 billion ($23 billion) UniSuper will ramp up its internal funds management capabilities, with four of its own portfolios set to be running by the end of the year, in conjunction with a project that will see its defined benefit and defined contribution sections adopt differing investment strategies for the first time.
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