July 16, 2021

‘Pre-mortems’ key to YFYS test

Trustees should consider “pre-mortem” stress tests and a whole of portfolio approach to the YFYS performance benchmarks to avoid underperformance, according to Willis Towers Watson (WTW). Jonathan Grigg, WTW director for investments, says avoiding test failure will be a high

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Merger race already won

There is a growing fear that the post-YFYS landscape will be dominated by a handful of megafunds, with competition – and differentiated member outcomes – disappearing.Super funds are about to experience a quick and bloody cull. With the first underperformance

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Ian Silk’s memorable career, and memorable speeches

Ian Silk, soon to retire from AustralianSuper, was an infrequent speaker on the conference circuit, but his speeches were memorable. Two were very memorable and, as you might expect, prescient. AustralianSuper announced last week (July 13) that Silk, the first

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Mirae deploys for Aussie attack

Fresh from its sale of a 51 per cent stake in ETF provider BetaShares, Korean asset manager Mirae is preparing for an all-out assault on every segment of the Australian market. The analogy that Kristian Walesby, the new local chief

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How to address the net-zero challenges

With 128 fund managers having signed up for the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative commitments, one of them has spelled out just how difficult the path to net zero will be for both managers and investors. Martin Currie, the global

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Inflation concerns over ESG

They are two hot topics of analyses in the investment world. What is not so well known is that the coming round of inflation will likely be exacerbated by ESG strategies. The obvious element to cause a spike in prices

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Alternatives may benefit from ESG and inflation

Every cloud has a silver lining. Alternatives may benefit from both the trend to ESG strategies and the extra inflationary pressures which ensue, according to the mid-year outlook from Franklin Templeton. Two of Franklin Templeton’s affiliate managers, Clarion Partners and

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BlackRock questions new world order

The asset management colossus believes three key themes will shape a post-covid world of rising climate risk and extraordinary economic imbalances. Ben Powell, the chief investment strategist for Asia Pacific at BlackRock’s Investment Institute in Singapore, said: “To state the

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ASX slides as Sydney outbreak spreads to Melbourne

Groundhog Day, markets down, unemployment falls, ARB’s run continues The ASX 200 (ASX: XJO) weakened another 0.3% today as Victoria plunged into its fifth lockdown and the outbreak continued to extend in NSW. Just two sectors finished higher, materials up 1.4% and

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