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How to (efficiently) change your manager

Demand for specialist transition services is on the rise as institutional investors focus on containing the upfront and hidden costs of firing fund managers, according to a new Mercer study. Authored by Mercer NZ head of consulting, David Scobie, the

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Gunning’s new job amid Russell bond shake-up

Russell Investments has made sweeping changes to its flagship global fixed income funds in a move that almost doubles the in-house managed component. In a note to clients last week (May 4), Russell revealed it had cut three incumbent bond

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Israel lobby tries to halt NZ Super exclusions

The Israel Institute of NZ lobbied to halt the exclusion of certain banking stocks from the NZ Superannuation Fund’s portfolio this year, according to recently released documents. In an Official Information Act (OIA) request on April 12, the local Israel

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NZ gags fund performance ads

In a highly unusual move, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has cracked down on fund managers advertising post-COVID boom-time annual returns. The regulator has warned managers that advertising any “phenomenal” returns garnered over the 12 months to March 31 could

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Backoffice improvements after covid subsides

About a third of securities trading firms on both sides of the deal experienced operational stresses during the peak covid-19 volatility last year, according to a new DTCC white paper. The paper, carried out by global back-office behemoth DTCC (Depository

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Why 2020 was tough for TAA despite volatility

Last year proved once again that market timing can be very profitable but an extremely difficult task to pull off, according to a new analysis of tactical asset allocation. The paper, by influential Auckland-based actuarial advisory firm Melville Jessup Weaver

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Fink conducts cultural purge at BlackRock

Larry Fink, BlackRock’s outspoken chief executive, has committed the firm to a cultural cleansing in the wake of alleged sexual and racial discrimination at the world’s largest fund manager. In an annual shareholder letter published last week, Fink says “certain

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