December 9, 2018

Garry Weaven takes his first bow

It’s difficult to imagine Garry Weaven in retirement. Even though he is in his late 60s, one suspects it will be a very active retirement. Last week he announced he was going to hand over the chairman role at IFM

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M&A savvy arrives to help liquidity in private markets

The world of so-called ‘secondary’ funds, which provide liquidity for investors in generally illiquid assets, such as private equity, is getting a lot more sophisticated with the entry of US-based Melting Point Solutions to the Australian market. Melting Point, a

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How to invest in European ‘living’

Global demographic trends are leading to a whole new world of property investment, which Heitman, a global specialist property-backed manager, calls the “living sector”. Tony Smedley, the firm’s European head of private equity for Europe, visited Australia late last month

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GQG sets up on its own

GQG Partners, the US-based global equities boutique backed by Australian incubator Pacific Current Group, is setting up its own office in Australia, following the recruitment of Laird Abernethy as managing director for Australia and New Zealand. GQG has been a

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Asset servicing not only about technology

Northern Trust has lifted the pace with new technology for its asset servicing clients with the purchase last week of another FX specialist company. But, Penelope Biggs says there is more to the future than just having good technology. Culture

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Jeb Belford

How Clarion adds value through ESG in property

In the property sector, the introduction of ESG principles has, to date, largely been confined to the design and redevelopment of ‘green buildings’. But a handful of fund managers has sought to integrate ESG in all aspects of their work.

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Andy Sowerby

The changing dynamics of DIY investors

The sixth annual survey by the global multi-affiliate manager Legg Mason paints an interesting new picture of the way individual investors – both advised and unadvised – are approaching their investment portfolios. There appear to be big changes on the

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Calastone sets May date for blockchain blast-off

When Calastone flicks the switch on its swish new blockchain fund transaction system next May clients would reap “numerous and immediate” benefits, according to acting head of the Australasian arm of the business, Ross Fox. Fox said Calastone’s well-signalled move

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GQG sets up on its own

GQG Partners, the US-based global equities boutique backed by Australian incubator Pacific Current Group, is setting up its

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