October 15, 2021

Perpetual takes out Zenith top funds award

Perpetual Asset Management Australia won three categories in last Friday’s annual Zenith Partners awards, including the top ‘Fund Manager of the Year’. In the other major categories, Fidante Partners picked up the ‘Distributor of the Year’ and Eiger Capital the

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TCFD sees the power of a ‘virtuous circle’

Investor demand for climate disclosure is at an “all-time high” – and rising. But disclosure is only half the battle. It can sometimes be hard to remember that climate change action was once solely the domain of activist groups rather

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Confusion and conflict in climate equities

Climate risk has “never been higher on investors’ agendas” – but the strategies they use to combat itoften have conflicting features. Lack of data only compounds the problem. Martha Brindle, director of equities in bfinance’s public markets team and Sarita

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… and why Nuveen wants ‘natural capital’

Nuveen will embrace “natural capital” as institutional demand for sustainable alternatives rises. But fighting climate change can be hard when climate change fights back. “The challenge we have to increase the production of food, fibre and timber over the next

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How New Forests helped globalise an asset class

When David Brand launched New Forests in Sydney in 2005, only 10 per cent of the global forestry asset class resided outside the US and the largest investor was America’s Hancock Natural Resources Group. Now, Hancock, a subsidiary of Manulife

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Frontier shines more light into manager shadows

Difficult to define and more difficult still to measure, the culture of any organisation is widely regarded as having a major impact on performance. Funds management is no exception. Asset consultant Frontier has this year been striving to add some

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FSC sees petty politics in proxy fight

The Financial Services Council (FSC) fought to keep its submission on the proposed proxy advice reforms confidential for fear it would “play out in the media”. The FSC’s submission to Treasury on its proposed proxy advice reforms has been kept

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Howard Marks on value/growth: forget the terms

Howard Marks, one of the investment world’s more celebrated investors, has added his voice to other celebrated investors in decrying continued use of the terms ‘value’ and ‘growth’. The co-founder and co-chair of Oaktree Capital Management, Los Angeles-based, predominantly fixed

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Crises prompt talk of capitalism reimagined

CFAs are a good barometer for the investment industry. Put 550 of them together in the current climate and the mood is downbeat. This decade could be the most crucial in human history. The annual CFA Societies Australia investment conference,

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