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David Chaplin


David Chaplin is a reputed financial services journalist and publisher of Investment News NZ.

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Impact fund rebalances as market wobbles

Specialist UK-based impact investment firm, WHEB, has upped its fund turnover amid recent market volatility, according to associate portfolio manager, Victoria MacLean.

David Chaplin | 17th Jun 2022 | More
Benchmark performance: the real passive winners

Passive funds have built momentum on the win-win premise of low-cost market benchmarked products but a new study confirms the undoubted winners of the seemingly unstoppable trend: indexers.

David Chaplin | 25th May 2022 | More
Restoring active pride, JANA debunks outperformance prejudice

Instead of blindly following active share and concentrated portfolio trends to bolster pride in the face of an overwhelming shift to passive strategies, active managers need to develop a much deeper understanding of what drives their performance, according to JANA.

David Chaplin | 20th May 2022 | More
NZ Super tops-up top ranks, buys low as market tanks

The NZ Superannuation Fund (NZS) has confirmed a trio of senior appointments, luring two overseas candidates to assume the plum positions.

David Chaplin | 13th May 2022 | More
BlackRock backtracks on proxy support

BlackRock has flagged an ESG-lite agenda ahead of the 2022 corporate proxy-voting season.

David Chaplin | 13th May 2022 | More
  • Reject passive, return to active for pension funds

    Active management will be increasingly important for defined contribution (DC) retirement savings schemes as value-for-fees, expected lower future returns and sustainable investment preferences come to the fore, according to a new MFS white paper.

    David Chaplin | 6th May 2022 | More
    Morningstar’s wake-up call for theme-dreamers

    Global research house, Morningstar, has prepped investors for disappointment amid a boom in thematic funds. In a new report on the sector, the researcher notes that while thematic funds have experienced record growth in recent years as well as outperformance, history suggests the good times won’t last for long. “Over the past 15 years, more…

    David Chaplin | 20th Apr 2022 | More
    Why greenwashing stains (and won’t wash out)

    Regulators won’t be able to scrub out environmental, social and governance (ESG) ‘greenwashing’ in the investment industry, according to influential US finance academic, Aswath Damodaran. In a blistering attack on the ESG investing sector last month, Damodaran says greenwashing – or falsely marketing funds as sustainable (or the like) – is an indelible feature of…

    David Chaplin | 8th Apr 2022 | More
    Harmony between treasuries and equities in money, the musical

    Investors will have to retune expectations in line with changing market harmonics, global consultancy firm Oliver Wyman notes in part three of a five-paper opus delivered earlier this year. Based on data covering a 150-year period, the Oliver Wyman series concludes that investors must turn to more sophisticated tools to appreciate the complex tones of…

    David Chaplin | 31st Mar 2022 | More
    Global woes pose biggest threat to index investors

    Investment strategies yoked to indices face the most risk as the 30-year global economic détente unravels, according to UK-based economist, Andrew Hunt. Hunt told a Nikko Asset Management webinar audience last week that index investors benefited over the previous three decades from “chasing liquidity” and themes predicated on growing economic collaboration across the world. But…

    David Chaplin | 25th Mar 2022 | More
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