Equip Super teams up with fintech start-up

superannuation fund

28 September 2015
| By Malavika |
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Multi-sector industry superannuation fund, Equip Super, has partnered with an automated investment service to provide digital advice to the younger demographic that rarely seeks face-to-face financial advice.

The super fund has teamed up with Melbourne-based financial technology start-up, Clover.com.au, which will use a goals-based approach to advice and portfolio construction, and algorithms to create portfolios that are intermittently rebalanced to meet clients' goals.

Equip Super chief executive, Danielle Press, said the partnership would allow the $7 billion fund to extend financial advice to those who do not seek it through traditional advice avenues.

"We believe super funds have no option but to integrate fintech into their service offer," she said.

"We certainly do not intend to be left sitting on the sidelines as member demand for online enablement makes offering these services essential to surviving and thriving in the financial services sector."

Clover.com.au co-founder and chief executive, Harry Chemay, said people should seek financial advice earlier in life rather than leaving it to retirement.

"Clients are still burdened with lengthy advice and disclosure documents that are difficult to comprehend, are ushered into expensive investment products that are often opaque, and face on-going advice regimes that vary enormously in frequency and quality," he said.

Equip will roll out the digital advice service for members in mid-2016. The investment in Clover.com.au is part of the super fund's plan to enhance its financial advice portal for members, which will be released in March 2016.

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