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Greg Bright

Consulting Publisher

Greg has worked in financial services-related media for more than 30 years. He is a former economics writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and assistant editor and business editor for the Australian Financial Review. Greg has founded many magazines, newsletters and conferences in the funds management industry. Titles he has launched include: Super Review, Investor Daily, IFA, Investor Weekly, Investor Supermarket, SMSF Magazine, the Blue Book, Investment Magazine, I&T News, Professional Planner, Top1000Funds.com, IO&C News, Investor Strategy News and New Investor.

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Calastone, Challenger on the future of operations

Private markets assets are “ripe for the picking” for fund managers and administrators quick to use distributed ledger technology, as investment operations are on the cusp of “great change”. So said David Mackaway, the COO of Challenger Group, at the Calastone ‘Connect Forum’ last week (December 2. He was interviewed by Justin Christopher, Calastone director…

Greg Bright | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
Big picture worry over investor low-carbon aims

With COP26 a turning point in net-zero thinking, at least for investors and managers, Ninety One has expressed concern over insufficient focus on ‘real world decarbonisation’. The global multi-asset and specialist manager is presenting its 2022 investment outlooks presentation, ‘The Challenges of Normalisation’, this week (from December 6). In it, Hendrik du Toit, Ninety One’s…

Staff Writer | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
Industry funds or AMP, it’s all about brand

AMP has a long road ahead. But the big challenge isn’t to change the culture – it’s making everybody else care about it. For decades, the AMP logo has sat high above Sydney Harbour, a potent symbol of one of Australia’s oldest companies and an integral part of what many consider entirely peripheral: brand. Now…

Lachlan Maddock | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
Cheaters never prosper – but active managers do

When it comes to the question of who’s actually doing the research work, investors know the answer. And they don’t feel like sitting on the sidelines during a crisis. Some trends you can see from space. Inflows into ESG equity funds on the Calastone network between January and November were US$30 billion – 60 per…

Lachlan Maddock | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
Why Douglass was right (and wrong) on omicron

The emergence of omicron has seen plenty of blood in the streets, and the quiet vindication of one of Australia’s most divisive investors. But doomsday has been postponed again. Like him or hate him, Hamish Douglass was (probably) right. Lambasted for the subpar performance of Magellan’s flagship global equity strategy during an incredible bull run…

Lachlan Maddock | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
  • Manager biases impair predictive capabilities

    Fund managers are subject to behavioural biases like all of us, such as over-confidence, short-termism and memory distortions. Take their predictive abilities. They are not, on average, especially good. In a unique report for clients, Frontier has published what amounts to a longitudinal study based on eight years of conversations, surveys and other communications with…

    Greg Bright | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
    Industry has “underwhelmed” on innovation: Schroders CEO

    Manufacturers and super funds alike need to do more on the burning issue of retirement products. So far, they’ve failed to innovate. A full generation of superannuants are about to enter the decumulation phase, with little idea about what to do with the nestegg they’ve built up. And despite the new retirement income covenant, superannuation…

    Lachlan Maddock | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
    Big departures in custody world

    BNP Paribas is to lose its head of securities services for Australia and New Zealand and State Street is losing three senior executives in unrelated developments which emerged last week. David Braga, the chief executive of BNP Paribas Securities Services, Australasia, has resigned and will leave the organisation at Christmas. He is currently continuing at…

    Greg Bright | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
    ‘Alpha isn’t enough’: Tough lessons for funds on engagement

    Member engagement is starting to rise from a very low base. But the industry is still “net nowhere” when it comes to winning their hearts and minds. It’s widely acknowledged that member engagement remains unacceptably low. Try as they might, super funds can’t seem to get members to care about their retirement savings, as evidenced…

    Lachlan Maddock | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
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