September 3, 2021

Climate: where long-termism meets the short term

Supported by record retail inflows, ESG-focused investing has, finally, become ‘the norm’, according to panelists at least two of the sessions at last week’s (August 31-September 2) AIST ASI conference. But one of the interesting, most recent, trends within this

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… as Debby Blakey joins ICGN board

Debby Blakey, the chief executive of HESTA, has joined the board of the International Corporate Governance Network, the overarching global body representing asset owners for the advancement of good governance. The prestigious appointment follows her other industry directorships at FEAL,

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Lazberger returns as chair of CFA’s global body

Mark Lazberger, a founding director of the CFA Society in Australia and a former board member of the global CFA Institute, has returned to the governing body as its chair. Lazberger, who retired from full-time funds management positions in 2018,

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China’s full circle back to ‘whether’

In the past 10 months, since November last year, the investor’s decision on China has done a fully circle – from not whether to invest but how to invest, back to not how but whether. It was in November that

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How impact bonds spice up fixed income portfolios

As investors have looked to put more sizzle into their fixed interest portfolios for extra yield, a sector within the ESG universe has been, increasingly, providing just that – impact bonds. For big super funds the main game has been

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Where to now? Try greenfields infrastructure

With equities and bonds both fully priced, investors are increasingly looking at alternative strategies. A new one, although difficult to access, is ‘greenfields infrastructure’. According to David Neal, the chief executive of IFM Investors and a former CIO and chief

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Small caps stay agile amidst China crackdown

As a far-reaching regulatory crackdown rolls through Asian markets, Elizabeth Soon, portfolio manager for PineBridge, leans on one key lesson from her thirty years in equity markets: volatility brings opportunity. “People become fearful when markets fall and they sell, but

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Media Super/Cbus merger delayed

The merger between Media Super and Cbus has been delayed until the first half of next year due to several factors demonstrating the complexity of these transactions. In its first communication on the merger with its members since the December

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