February 19, 2021

Global debt peaks at $360t in a world of worry

The world piled on a further US$24 trillion (A$30.1 trillion) in 2020 increasing the total debt mountain to a new peak of US$281 trillion (A$361 trillion), according to the Institute of International Finance (IIF) analysis of 61 countries. As governments

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The state of the pension fund world

The world’s major pension systems enjoyed their strongest year, last year, for growth compared to GDP, since 1998. The bad news, of course, is that the average 11.2 per cent rise for many countries this helped by stalling or falling

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Passive police: why US index-trackers need oversight

Index providers should face the same regulatory hurdles as investment managers, a new US legal paper argues. In the US, plain-vanilla indexers are regarded as information ‘publishers’. The University of Virginia School of Law (UVS) report says most index providers

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J.P. Morgan extends lead as custody rebounds

J.P. Morgan has increased its lead on the other major third-party asset servicing firms in Australia, with an 18.7 per cent jump in assets under custody to $973.2 billion in the six months to December last. The latest figures from

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Bryan Gray released after 32 years in custody

Bryan Gray, a genuine stalwart of, and major contributor to, the strong position of Australia and New Zealand’s asset servicing sector, has retired. He spent 12 years at State Street followed by nearly 20 years at J.P. Morgan. Gray is

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For managers: you can get fired over ESG too

One in five Australian institutional investors has terminated a fund manager where ESG factors have been a “primary or major factor” in the decision, according to a survey by bfinance, the global research and institutional advisory business. A further 41

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… and Mercer’s Knox talks ‘universal pension’

David Knox, Mercer senior partner, actuary and founder of the global pensions systems index, threw down a challenge to the Retirement Income Review to look at a ‘universal pension’ for all Australians. He is now talking to the industry. Knox,

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