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David Chaplin


David Chaplin is publisher of Investment News NZ. David is a reputed financial services journalist with over 15 years’ experience covering the investment, superannuation and advice industries in both Australia and New Zealand. In addition to publishing the weekly editions of Investment News, David contributes to several publications on a freelance basis.

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NZ Super goes up the alternatives spectrum, cuts Israeli banks, dampens return expectations, changes guard

The NZ Superannuation Fund (NZS) has put new money in two US alternative asset strategies including a hedge fund operated by legendary firm Citadel and a direct private equity play in the communications infrastructure market. While the US$50 million Citadel move was revealed last December, the latest external manager update shows US niche private equity…

David Chaplin | 5th Mar 2021 | More
Passive police: why US index-trackers need oversight

Index providers should face the same regulatory hurdles as investment managers, a new US legal paper argues. In the US, plain-vanilla indexers are regarded as information ‘publishers’. The University of Virginia School of Law (UVS) report says most index providers are de facto ‘investment advisers’ – a term under US law that includes fund managers…

David Chaplin | 19th Feb 2021 | More
‘Active value growth’: why alpha is better

Investors should increase allocations to active management strategies against an increasingly uncertain global backdrop, according to a new Willis Towers Watson (WTW) report. It is a “cyclically fertile ground for alpha”. The WTW analysis, ‘Outlook 2021’, says “skilled active management offers growing value for money” as a number of factors converge to add risk to…

David Chaplin | 10th Feb 2021 | More
AMP Capital looks to real changes in 2021

Real asset investors are turning to face the strange environment of 2021 as technological and social trends mix with a global pandemic to fast-forward fundamental changes, according to the latest AMP Capital market outlook. “Disruption has accelerated changes underway in modern living – and the pandemic is still far from over,” the AMP Capital report…

David Chaplin | 5th Feb 2021 | More
Mercer NZ confirms Sydney-based CIO

Interim Mercer NZ chief investment officer, Ronan McCabe, has been upgraded to permanent following a long recruitment process to replace, Philip Houghton-Brown. The Sydney-based McCabe stepped into the breach last September when Houghton-Brown departed for the head of investment solutions role at BT Funds. Post the official internal promotion, he continues to hold his previous…

David Chaplin | 29th Jan 2021 | More
  • Ark blasts through ETF atmosphere of disruption

    US-based niche thematic fund firm Ark Investment Management has jumped ahead of global giants BlackRock and State Street in exchange-traded fund (ETF) flows in January, according to a Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) report. The SWFI report says Ark, which runs seven ETFs based on ‘disruptive technology’ themes, took in US$1 billion on a single…

    David Chaplin | 29th Jan 2021 | More
    Why MBA’s infrastructure affiliate questions gas

    Maple-Brown Abbott’s affiliated listed infrastructure management firm is turning off gas and switching more to electric as the world adjusts to a low-carbon energy future. In a paper published last month (January 25), the Sydney-based Global Listed Infrastructure says its analysis suggests electric utilities will be the major beneficiaries of global climate change energy policies…

    David Chaplin | 29th Jan 2021 | More
    Ins and outs of NZ Super’s reference portfolio

    The NZ Superannuation Fund has slightly lifted both long-term outperformance and risk expectations in its latest ‘reference portfolio’ review while removing an explicit emerging markets benchmark from the process. Following the five-yearly refresh of reference portfolio assumptions in 2020, the NZ Super, New Zealand’s NZ$53 billion (A$49 billion) sovereign wealth fund raised its forecast cash…

    David Chaplin | 21st Jan 2021 | More
    Westpac follows ANZ with Northern Trust mandate

    Northern Trust has won another passive global equities gig with a bank-owned KiwiSaver fund following a mandate reshuffle at the Westpac scheme in New Zealand. Australia’s Ninety One was also a winner in the reshuffle. Along with several other changes, Northern Trust picked up a spot among six managers on the Westpac/BT international equities panel,…

    David Chaplin | 15th Jan 2021 | More
    … as Grantham calls last dance on market’s bubble

    Legendary investor Jeremy Grantham has called bubble on the longest bull market in history. In a searing client newsletter, ‘Waiting for the Last Dance’, Grantham says current market conditions that feature “extreme overvaluation, explosive price increases, frenzied issuance, and hysterically speculative investor behavior” bear all the hallmarks of a last-gasp bubble expansion. The founder of…

    David Chaplin | 7th Jan 2021 | More
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