Superannuation

Alpha Chats: What the Russia-Ukraine conflict means for your superannuation

James Milne, Head of Product at AlphaCert and Stephen Huppert, Independent Consultant and Advisor caught up to discuss the current Russia-Ukraine conflict, and what it means for the superannuation industry. In this episode, James and Stephen discuss the consequences of this invasion for superannuation funds and other institutional investors, and how they can understand their …

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Alpha Chats: IBR FundTech Conference Highlights

James Milne, Head of Product at AlphaCert and Stephen Huppert, Independent Consultant and Advisor participated as keynote speakers at the 4th annual IBR FundTech conference to discuss the importance of data management strategy. This special episode of Alpha Chats features key highlights of the pairs’ FundTech conference session. James and Stephen discuss portfolio holdings disclosure …

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[Video] Alpha Chats: Security

James Milne, Head of Product at AlphaCert and Frank Coyle, Head of Product Development at AlphaCert caught up to discuss the wide-ranging topic of security. In this episode, James and Frank discuss information security, cybersecurity, and all the threats, impacts and mitigations around security that AlphaCert manage as an application software provider. In particular, AlphaCert’s …

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The rise of superannuation fund mergers in Australia

How will this trend impact investment operations? The Australian superannuation industry is going through a period of consolidation. The number of fund mergers has increased in the last couple of years and it is a trend that is accelerating. A significant driver is recent legislative changes that include changes in the way superannuation funds will …

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[Video] Alpha Chats: Data Management

James Milne, Head of Product at AlphaCert sat down with Stephen Huppert, Independent Consultant and Advisor in July, for another Alpha Chats session. In this episode, James and Stephen discuss the fundamentals of data management for investment management professionals and share insight on the value of the soon-to-be-released, AlphaCert Data Management Maturity Model. If you …

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AlphaCert has taken the equivalent of 70 years of product development

World-leading investment management systems require integration capability as data grows in strategic importance Investment management is a dynamic industry and the growing importance of data is driving a seismic shift in the way funds are operated. Those funds that continue to rely on multiple spreadsheets with no integration to a single source of truth risk …

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Plugging efficiency leakage in the management of investment data

Earlier this year AlphaCert attended the annual Investment Operations conference, and one interesting concept being discussed was ‘efficiency leakage’, particularly in relation to operational effectiveness in the industry. What does this mean in terms of managing investment data, and what can you do to mitigate against it? Leakage happens when people are manually assembling data, …

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Data management key to riding the wave of super fund mergers

A key feature of the Australian market is a number of small and medium-sized superannuation funds. There’s increasing regulatory and market pressure on funds to generate returns, which in turn becomes more difficult as they don’t have the scale and resources of much larger funds, but do have the same regulatory and governance overheads. That …

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Post-royal commission world key theme of CMSF event

The Conference of Major Super Funds (CSMF) was held last week at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 1000 delegates heard from a diverse group of speakers – regulators, industry associations, industry super funds and experts across the pension. The event highlighted the challenges of changing corporate culture, provided an update on …

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Highlights of ASFA 2018

The ASFA 2018 Superannuation conference held in Adelaide this year. Firstly congratulations to the organisers for an excellent event. We were treated to two and a half days programme packed with a wide range of speakers from around the world focussed on the superannuation industry. Day 1 Highlights My first highlight of the morning was a deeply personal …

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