ONLINE EVENT | Date: 9thSeptember (10:00 am - 11:30 am)
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THE IMPACT OF COVID-19ON SUPERANNUATION FUNDS
Reflections on the what the industry has experienced, lessons learned and how to be better prepared for the next black swan event
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Reflections on the what the industry has experienced, lessons learned and how to be better prepared for the next black swan event

EXPERT PANEL MEMBERS

Kyle Ringrose

Principal at Athena IOC

(PANEL CHAIR)

IAN FRYER

Head of Research, Chant West

DAVID KNOX

Senior Partner, Senior Actuary, Mercer

JOHN MARONEY

CEO, SMSF Association

SANGEETA VENKATESAN

Chairman, FairVine Super

Reflections On The What The Industry Has Experienced, Lessons Learned And How To Be Better Prepared For The Next Black Swan Event
  1. POLITICAL RISK. HAS THIS RISK BEEN UNDERESTIMATED IN THE AUSTRALIAN SUPERANNUATION INDUSTRY AND WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL FUTURE POLITICAL RISKS?
    • The desired level of consultation with industry players in making changes to superannuation fund early access
    • The impact the government’s Early Release of Super (ERS) may have on potential future fund performance
    • Other alternatives to the ERS that might have been considered or may be considered in the future
    • The impact of the ERS on retirement adequacy
    • The extent of the impact of the ERS on final member balances at retirement has been the matter of some debate. Why have estimates varied so significantly?
    • Have SMSF members taken advantage of the ERS?
  2. LIQUIDITY RISK. DOES LIQUIDITY RISK TAKE A DIFFERENT PROFILE POST COVID-19?
    • The extent to which the different strategic asset allocations of industry, retail and SMSFs helped or hindered the management of liquidity risk
    • Should funds provide for greater liquidity going forward?
    • The trade-off between liquidity and return
    • Is the role of the RBA to help superannuation funds manage liquidity risk?
    • Should the measurement of liquidity risk lie with the Investments or the Risk team within a superannuation fund?
    • Does scale provide greater liquidity?
  3. INDUSTRY CONCENTRATION RISK
    • The effect on funds with concentrated exposure to the hardest hit industries
    • Has industry concentration risk proved to be significant?
    • The trade-off between diversification of membership and deeper knowledge of member requirements
    • Has the COVID-19 experience highlighted specific issues for corporate funds?
  4. REDUCTION AND SUSPENSION OF DIVIDEND PAYMENTS
    • The different implications for accumulation and pension members
    • Would dividend reinvestment plans provide a better solution?
    • Would maintaining dividends whilst raising more capital provide a better solution
    • The winners and the losers from reduction or suspension of dividends
  5. THE BENEFITS OR OTHERWISE OF DAILY UNIT PRICING
    • Arbitrage opportunities in member options that include a high proportion of unlisted assets
    • “Knee-jerk” reactions of members during volatile markets
  6. MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS
    • What was the message generally conveyed to members and has this turned out to be the right message?
    • Were members adequately informed to enable them to make good decisions re their investment profiles?
  7. HOW WELL HAS THE TYPICAL DEFAULT MEMBER OPTION ACQUITTED ITSELF DURING TIMES OF EXTREME MARKET VOLATILITY
    • Has the market volatility during COVID-19 vindicated the typical strategic asset allocations of default products?
    • The extent to which life-cycle strategies have met their objectives
  8. KEY LESSONS LEARNED
    • What the industry might have seen coming
    • What no one could foresee
  9. HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT BLACK SWAN EVENT
    • Asset allocations
    • Member communications
    • Liquidity management
    • Other strategies

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