SuperRatings names award finalists


By Krystine Lumanta

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SuperRatings has announced the nominees for its Fund of the Year Awards, recognising excellence across multiple categories in the superannuation and pension fund industry.

The awards, now in their 15th year, are based on a rigorous process covering investment performance, the quality and value of the fund’s services, and their administrative and member engagement structures.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner held at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne on 12 October, following the SuperRatings and Lonsec Day of Confrontation event.

“Australians entrust almost $1.5 trillion of their retirement savings to the superannuation system,” SuperRatings chairman Jeff Bresnahan said.

“That’s why it’s so important to recognise those funds that have gone above and beyond in delivering value for members, as well as those individuals working to enhance engagement and drive innovation into the future.”

Principal sponsor of the event BT Investment Management will also be presenting the Retirement Innovation Award, which is not focused solely on financial impact but considers improvement to financial literacy, enhancing member engagement, or establishing a new technology that improves the value of super for members.

The Lonsec Awards will also be presented on the night, recognising the major investment innovators and industry leaders who are shaping the future of Australia’s wealth creation sector.

Lonsec Research chief executive Matt Olsen said the awards were about more than just past performance, recognising those who have successfully harnessed change to create better outcomes for investors.

“Each of the funds nominated have stood out among their peers in demonstrating real passion, leadership and innovation,” Olsen said.

Nominated for the MySuper of the Year award are AustralianSuper, CareSuper, Catholic Super, Equip, HESTA, Hostplus, Intrust Super, QSuper, REST and Sunsuper, while the Pension of the Year finalists are AustralianSuper, BUSSQ, Colonial First State First Choice, Wholesale Pension, HESTA, MLC MasterKey Pension Fundamentals, QSuper, Sunsuper, Telstra Super, UniSuper and VicSuper.

For Choice Super of the Year, the finalists are AMP SignatureSuper, CareSuper, Cbus Super, Hostplus, Mercer Super Trust, QSuper, Sunsuper, Telstra Super, UniSuper and VicSuper, and for Career Fund of the Year, the nominees are Cbus Super, Energy Super, HESTA, Hostplus and Intrust Super.

In the Best New Innovation category, finalists include Cbus for its employer app, Grow Super, Russell Investments for its super app and VicSuper for its Beeline goal-setting service, while Australian Ethical Super, Christian Super, HESTA and Local Government Super are nominated for the Infinity Award for sustainable investment.

The Rising Star Award nominees are Statewide Super, Suncorp, Tasplan and Virgin Money Super, while QSuper’s Brnic Van Wyk, HESTA’s Sam Harris, Mine Wealth + Wellbeing’s David Bell and Energy Super’s William Graus are all finalists for the Retirement Innovation Award.

Meanwhile, finalists for Lonsec’s Innovation Award are the VanEck Vectors MSCI World ex Australia Quality ETF, the Bennelong Twenty20 Australian Equities Fund and the CFM Institutional Systematic Diversified Trust, and up for the group’s Rising Star Award are the MCP Master Income Trust, the Antipodes Global Fund and the Watermark Market Neutral Trust.

Vanguard’s Global Value Equity Fund, the iShares Enhanced Strategic Model Portfolios and Arnhem’s Australia+ Strategy are also nominated for Disruptor of the Year.

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