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Australian superannuation fund industry assets surpass A$1.5tln

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

The Australian superannuation fund industry is beating expectations as assets continue to flow in. Global and domestic asset management firms are rushing to be part of the industry which includes both institutional and self-directed funds. The country recently overtook Canada in international rankings of industry size, making it fourth behind the US, Japan and UK.

With compulsory superannuation of all employee salaries set to increase from 9% to 12% by 2019, Deloitte forecasts that these uplifts will increase the superannuation industry from $1.6tln today to over $3tln already by 2020. There are calls for further increases as high as 15%. The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute offers a full breakdown of this pool as of June, which includes corporate, industry, public sector, retail, and pooled trusts.

Participants in our recent Opalesque Australian Roundtable note some other important shifts happening in the industry - "we have seen a noticeable increase in interest from U.K. and U.S. Fund managers looking to establish businesses in Australia. This ranges from small distribution offices to fund offshore product through to establishing houses here and issuing local product," says Declan O’Callaghan......................

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