Topic archives: superannuation

The biggest banking rip-off is still to come

April 24, 2018 13

The biggest rip-off in financial services is the huge fees charged by retail superannuation funds, which flow to the big banks and AMP for delivering poorer performance.

Refundability distorts more than just the tax debate

and March 15, 2018 10

With dividend imputation in the spotlight courtesy of Labor's refundability policy, some are pointing out the perverse consequences of the distortion introduced by the Howard government.

Turnbull lures Trump with Aussie retirement savings — but would it be a win for Australians?

March 7, 2018 14

Turnbull is dangling a sizeable fiscal carrot in front of Trump. But will it attract a bite, and what will it mean for your retirement money?

Industry super blitzes retail, which is bad news for the Coalition’s war on unions

January 19, 2018 8

Alarm bells will be ringing with the Liberals as industry super stretches its lead over retail super in returns for members.

The Liberal war on industry super fought on ever more obscure fronts

September 12, 2017 8

The Liberal party is continuing its efforts to demonise the industry super sector despite the role of employer groups, and its successful performance.

Is our super pool a dead weight on the economy?

August 24, 2017 3

Australia's huge pool of super savings has made out capital markets less efficient and rewarded lazy managers, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

How retail super funds siphon off your money to the big banks

July 14, 2017 10

The Liberals are up in arms over fees for industry super directors. But if they want to see real siphoning off of super funds, they should have a look at the retail super sector.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

April 26, 2017 12

Anthem rewrite ... F-35 good at one thing ... lest we forget past marketing stuff-ups ...

Save Our Super crowd is everything ugly about Australian politics

April 26, 2017 19

The effort to drive Kelly O'Dwyer out of public life shows how powerful cliques within the Liberal Party resent efforts to pursue the national interest in ways that don't benefit them.

The Coalition MPs who don’t think superannuation should be used for house deposits

April 13, 2017 7

How can the government put forward a policy supporting using superannuation for housing when so many MPs are on the record against it?

Why the split on super for housing?

April 13, 2017 14

The push to allow superannuation to be used for housing is part of a wider right-wing attack on super, a sector deeply hated by many Liberals.

Housing and superannuation disaster unfolding before our eyes

April 10, 2017 1

A speech by Scott Morrison on housing, while sensible in itself, augurs poorly for the contents of the government's budget centrepiece, a housing affordability package.

Foxes would struggle to get into the henhouse under new super report

March 29, 2017 10

The Productivity Commission's study of options for a new system of picking default super funds falls far short of the open slather approach the big banks have been demanding.

Super borrowing leaves funds exposed if the property market crashes

March 27, 2017 4

The government's reluctance to address property lending to superannuation funds is helping reduce housing affordability and increasing the risk a property crunch will cause widespread economic damage, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Super for housing: the latest example of our war on the young

March 14, 2017 29

Allowing access to super to improve housing affordability is bad policy that takes away the one good thing we're doing for younger Australians to hand yet another win to older Australians.

The next stoush on superannuation is coming

January 11, 2017 12

The next fight over superannuation will be over the awards system and the way workers are put into a super fund by default. The big banks want in.

Incompetent and overpaid CEOs hate proxy advisers, which is why you should love them

December 12, 2016 3

The more unhappy CEOs are about proxy advisers, the better job they are doing.

ANZ drops wealth management bombshell

November 3, 2016

In a move with huge ramifications for superannuation, ANZ this morning announced it wanted to abandon wealth management, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

Turnbull blinks on super, but gets a good outcome

September 15, 2016 10

It's ugly, and involves a broken promise and a cave-in, but Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison have finally delivered on the economic reform they promised.

What exactly is George Christensen’s problem with Turnbull’s super changes?

September 8, 2016

Why are changes to superannuation even controversial?