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Join us as we talk to guest speakers about the key issues driving superfunds into tomorrow

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Join us as we talk to guest speakers about the key issues driving superfunds into tomorrow

    Episode 40: Climate risk – what can investors do about it?

    Episode 40: Climate risk – what can investors do about it?

    It’s well accepted that climate change presents a significant risk for long term investors and that they need to consider both the risk and opportunities the transition to a low carbon economy creates. But what practical role can investors have in reducing climate risk in their equity portfolios? Dr Wilma de Groot, Portfolio Manager, Managing Director, Head Quant Equities Portfolio Management at Robeco provides her thoughts on how direct voting and engagement can be the most effective way to achieve meaningful change. Dr de Groot also discusses her recent research into voting patterns of US asset managers in relation to environmental proposals. With thanks to Stephen Dennis, Head of Robeco Australia, for his assistance with this episode.


    Guest
    Dr Wilma de Groot, Portfolio Manager, Managing Director, Head Quant Equities Portfolio Management at Robeco


    Host
    Mel Birks, General Manager, Advocacy, AIST


    This document is distributed in Australia by Robeco Hong Kong Limited (ARBN 156 512 659) (‘Robeco’) which is exempt from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) pursuant to ASIC Class Order 03/1103. Robeco is regulated by the Securities and Futures Commission under the laws of Hong Kong and those laws may differ from Australian laws.

    • 18 min
    Episode 39: Your Future, Your Super | A panel discussion

    Episode 39: Your Future, Your Super | A panel discussion

    The Your Future, Your Super legislation announced in the 2020 Federal Budget and currently before Parliament proposes the most significant changes to superannuation since the system started.


    Although there is widespread support for the intent of the legislation, which is to reduce multiple accounts, address super fund underperformance and improve transparency and accountability, the approach proposed in the legislation is another matter. A broad range of submitters on the legislation have voiced profound concerns that not only will the legislation fail to reach its objectives, it will actually make outcomes worse for members. These concerns are heightened by the fact that the legislation departs significantly from Productivity Commission and Royal Commission recommendations and delegates significant power to the regulations, which are yet to be released.


    This episode is the audio from a webinar recorded on 29 March 2021 where our panel of experts break down the ramifications for trustees.


    Speakers



    Peter Burn – Chief Policy Adviser, Ai Group
    Anna Engwerda-Smith – Director of Policy and Research, IFM Investors
    Dr Pamela Hanrahan – Professor of Commercial Law and Regulation, UNSW Business School


    Host



    Eva Scheerlinck, Chief Executive Officer, AIST

    • 59 min
    Episode 38: Best Financial Interests duty – concerns with proposed legislation

    Episode 38: Best Financial Interests duty – concerns with proposed legislation

    Legislation currently before Parliament proposes to amend the ‘best interest duty’ to ‘best financial interests duty’ and will fundamentally change the role of super fund trustees.


    The draft bill reverses the burden of proof, putting the onus the trustee to prove it discharged its duty rather than on the regulator to prove they did not, as the law currently stands. It also allows regulations to be made banning certain payments or investments - regardless of whether the activity is in the best financial interests of members.


    These proposals are part of the Your Future, Your Super package announced in the 2020 Federal Budget. If it passes Parliament, the changes will take effect on 1 July 2021.


    These are profound and significant changes. This episode is the audio from a webinar recorded on 10 February where our panel of experts break down the ramifications for trustees.


    Speakers



    Natalie Cambrell. Principal Solicitor, KHQ Lawyers
    Scott Connolly, Assistant Secretary, ACTU
    Peter Burn, Chief Policy Advisor, Ai Group
    Christian Gergis, Head of Policy, Australian Institute of Company Directors


    Host



    Eva Scheerlinck, Chief Executive Officer, AIST

    • 58 min
    Episode 37: AIA-CancerAid Coach Program - meeting the needs of members and supporting return-to-work

    Episode 37: AIA-CancerAid Coach Program - meeting the needs of members and supporting return-to-work

    Millions of Australians are diagnosed with cancer every year and while survival rates are improving, it is an overwhelming and distressing experience. AIA is working with CancerAid to help its members living with cancer, to assist them to gain greater control over the disease. In this podcast Simonie Fox from AIA and Dr Jonny Lo from CancerAid, discuss the work they are doing to help members better manage their care and share insights into some recent research CancerAid has undertaken.


    Guests
    Simonie Fox
    Head of Shared Value Partnerships, AIA Australia


    Dr Jonny Lo, MBBS (Hons), PhD
    Strategy Lead at CancerAid,


    Host
    Mel Birks
    General Manager, Advocacy, AIST

    • 19 min
    Episode 36: Mythbusting – Emerging Market Debt

    Episode 36: Mythbusting – Emerging Market Debt

    Emerging Market Debt is a rapidly growing investment class but there remain a number of myths about it. Rodica Glavan, Head of EM Corporate Fixed Income at Insight Investment helps bust myths about its size, growth and characteristics. She shares her insights on how EMD has fared throughout COVID, the impact of the change of Government in the US, why EMD has lower leveraging that other similar assets classes in non EM markets and who’s investing and why.


    Guest
    Rodica Glavan, Head of EM Corporate Fixed Income at Insight Investment


    Host
    Mel Birks, General Manager, Advocacy, AIST

    • 15 min
    Episode 35: Back to the Future – a year in review

    Episode 35: Back to the Future – a year in review

    2020 has been a year like no other with a global health crisis, the continuing saga of Brexit, a US election and an increasingly assertive China. Reflecting on the forces that have impacted the market and economies around the world, Wouter Sturkenboom, Chief Investment Strategist, Europe and Asia with Northern Trust shares his insights on these global forces. He also provides his thoughts on what lies ahead in 2021 for institutional investors in Australia.


    Guest
    Wouter Sturkenboom, Chief Investment Strategist, Europe and Asia with Northern Trust


    Host
    Mel Birks, General Manager, Advocacy, AIST

    • 19 min

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