17th May 2022 (09:00 am - 17:00 pm) , Grace Hotel Sydney
About The Event
This workshop would be beneficial for training and development of all unit pricing staff. In addition it will promote awareness of the risks and potential complexities of unit pricing for staff at all levels in other areas of the organisation, particularly for staff within Risk and Compliance functions.

Unit Pricingworkshop Outline:

  • Evolution of unit pricing
  • The APRA ASIC Guide to Good Practice
  • Arbitrage opportunities to be aware of, including real life examples
  • Tax provisioning (the source of a number of high profile unit pricing errors)
  • The 5 steps in building a unit pricing governance framework
  1. Unit pricing Principles – the first fundamental building block for unit pricing governance
  2. Unit Pricing Policies – insights into the development of the second building block for unit pricing governance
  3. Unit Pricing controls, the third building block
  4. Unit Pricing monitoring – the fourth building block
  5. Unit Pricing reporting – the fifth and final building block
  • The politicians’ announcements re changes to super and the potential impact on unit pricing
  • Tax benefits on transition to pension phase – the potential impact on unit pricing
Kyle Ringrose

Principal, Athena IOC

Workshop Leader:

After over 50 years experience in financial services including 30 years in the field of investment operations, Kyle retired from full time work in January 2016.

Kyle joined QSuper in 2010 to form the inaugural Investment Operations team to support the insourcing of the investment management function. Since then he has been instrumental in the development of a number of QSuper’s industry leading strategies including Lifetime Accumulation, tax segregation of assets and development of fund wide post-tax performance measurement methodologies. He has also introduced QSuper’s securities lending program.

Kyle has previously provided consulting services to a number of major industry players and continues to do so during retirement.

The author of numerous articles in industry publications and a regular presenter on a range of topics at conferences both in Australia and overseas, Kyle is continuing these activities in retirement.

Workshop Timing: 9:00 am – 4:45 pm

This workshop takes the participants through the rationale and practical implementation of each stage of a robust unit pricing governance framework. Presentation slides are available as templates for attendees where they feel this may add value their own organisation.

We go through the what, why, how and who of each stage to give participants an appreciation of the unit pricing big picture as well as a deeper dive into key issues. We commence with the evolution of unit pricing since the mid-1980s and how governance has evolved over time. We review some of the objectives, strengths and weaknesses of the Guide to Good Practice We explore some major unit pricing issues, including arbitrage and tax provisioning. These sessions include real life examples of how things can and have gone badly wrong in the past and how such problems can be avoided going forward. Then we move on to provide templates, practical examples of and reasons for the implementation of a five step unit pricing governance framework i.e. principles, policies, controls, monitoring and reporting.

We later take a realistic look at the politicians’ recent proposals (a) to tax the investment earnings of pension assets and why this may
have a significant impact on unit pricing and (b) changes to the transition to retirement pension. The final session of the day provide an insight into the recent announcements from two super funds re crediting a bonus to members on transition to pension phase and how this may impact unit pricing.

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