There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Here’s some information you might be interested in knowing about how we manage your money.
We employ professional investment managers and an asset consultant to handle our assets. We assess them against strict performance criteria and make sure they complement each other, so our assets stay diversified.
We also have strict guidelines and strategies for all of our investments.
We invest your account balance in the investment option or options you choose. If you don’t make a choice, you’ll be invested in our default options. For Tasplan Super members, this is our MySuper Tasplan OnTrack® option and for Tasplan Pension members in our Control Pension this is our Cash option.
For details about how we invest assets in each of these options:
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You receive units in the investment option or options that you've chosen. So, if you're in our Growth option, you'll get Growth units.
The value of your units goes up and down according to the markets. So, your account balance may increase or decrease in line with the unit prices. You keep your units until you either switch investment options or withdraw super.
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When you switch investment options, you trade the units you have for different units. For instance, if you switch from our Growth option to our Tasplan OnTrack option, you sell your Growth units to buy Tasplan OnTrack units. The value of the units in each investment option varies, so you may get more or fewer units when you switch, depending on the current unit prices.
When you make a withdrawal, you sell your units for money. The amount of money your units are worth depends on the current unit prices. So, if you withdraw $10 and your units are worth $1 each, you'll sell 10 units for your money. If your units are worth $2, you'll sell five units for your money.
The number of units you get depends on the unit price when we receive your contribution.
For example, if you invest $100 each month and in the first month the unit price of each unit is $1, then you get 100 units.
If in the next month the unit price increases to $2, you only get 50 units for your $100 contribution.
If the price decreases to 90 cents, you get 111.1111 units.
We don’t keep an investment reserve and unit prices reflect the actual earnings for the period.
We do have an administration reserve, so we can maintain equity between members and make sure we can always meet expenses.
While we employ professional investment managers and an asset consultant to provide expert advice, the trustee has the ultimate responsibility for all our activities, including investments.
Government bodies such as the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) closely monitor super fund trustees to make sure they act responsibly and in the best interests of members.
We have a system of procedures, checks and balances to make sure trustees’ decisions align with their investment strategies and objectives. Trustee directors undertake regular training around investments and other super issues.
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We measure all investment managers’ performance at least monthly against industry benchmarks and our performance standards. We can dismiss investment managers if they perform poorly or don’t comply with our requirements.
We also regularly review the asset allocation of the investment options and make changes when necessary, either as a result of market performance or member demand.
In January 2009, Tasplan Super was the first Tasmanian super fund to become a signatory to the UN principles for responsible investing (UNPRI).
UNPRI plans to develop and implement a set of global principles that help environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues dovetail into mainstream investment practices.
The principles were an initiative of the UN Secretary-General and developed by large institutional investors. The six principles can be applied across all sectors of the fund’s portfolio and provide guidance on key challenges.
The principles are voluntary, aspirational and designed to enhance long-term benefits throughout the investment sector. They are not to be used as a screening tool but, rather, for ESG engagement.
Under the six UNPRI principles, we'll endeavour to:
The UNPRI is based on the idea that ESG issues can affect investment performance and that considering these issues is part of managing an investment portfolio. UNPRI is a tool that will lead to a greater understanding of ESG issues and a way of managing ESG risk. Its outcome should enhance and protect member benefits.
As a member of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors, we already comply with a number of the UN principles, plus we have developed our own ESG policies that we’ll develop more, over time.
For more information, visit the UNPRI website at unpri.org.
The term ‘climate change’ refers to observed increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, since accurate measurement records have been kept. It is a widely accepted view in Australia and internationally that climate change has occurred and will continue to occur, as a result of human-produced carbon emissions.
The actual and potential impacts of climate change include melting of snow and ice, rising global sea levels, changes to atmospheric and ocean circulation, changes to rainfall and wind patterns, and higher incidence of extreme weather events such as fires, floods and storms.
Climate change and its impacts, and the associated regulatory responses, give rise to a number of risks and potential opportunities for institutional investors such as Tasplan.
Climate change risks include:
Climate change opportunities include:
The best way to address the risks of climate change is through co-ordinated global co-operation and action.
In December 2015 various parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) came to agreement on combating global climate change. This is known as the Paris Agreement (‘Agreement’). A key consideration of the Agreement was how global investment can help contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions and global warming. The Agreement recognises that a global economic transition is required in order to achieve the goal of limiting global warming to below two degrees Celsius and move towards net zero emissions by 2050. This transition to a lower carbon environment may therefore present risks, as well as opportunities, to the investment of financial resources.
As a large institutional investor, Tasplan is monitoring how the global investment environment may change as it transitions over time to meet the Agreement goals, along with how we can contribute to positive outcomes.
Tasplan deals with climate change risks under the terms of its Investment Governance Framework. This Framework:
At the present time, Tasplan carries out the following specific activities in relation to climate change:
Tasplan will continue to monitor this important issue and will evolve our practice and policies in response to emerging risks, research and market practice.
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