Aussie super funds seek alternatives for diversification

Low returns from traditional investments are driving Australia's pension industry to look more at alternative assets


Following a rally in Australian stocks this year (see graph), there are lower potential returns for the country’s superannuation industry, reinforcing the need for diversification into more alternative investment strategies, say market participants. 

Domestic pension funds are among the largest buyers of Australian equities, representing more than a third of stock investments, according to Rainmaker, a research group.

The ability to earn a decent return is top of the list of things that super

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