T. Rowe Price recruits in Australasian expansion

T. Rowe Price has hired Craig Hurt, an experienced fund professional who most recently headed up AXA Investment Managers in Australia, as its new head of institutional business for Australia and New Zealand. His recruitment is part of an expansion

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Net Zero and other damage in YFYS test

With complaints about its efficacy still reverberating through the super industry, the YFYS performance test is to be extended next year to cover certain member investment options. Sustainability will be a big loser. Having delivered its first-year test results last

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Winston buy secures Coolabah for Pinnacle

Pinnacle Investment Management has acquired the third-party marketing business Winston Capital Partners, primarily so it can control distribution for one of its affiliates, Coolabah Capital Investments. Coolabah, a $7 billion fixed income credit manager, has had a run of success

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Big super taking on big end of town

Last year a big super fund, Aware Super, shocked the M&A market in Australia with a surprise bid for a listed company, OptiComm. It signalled a new era in competition among players at the big end of town. It was

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Emerging market debt best for Aussie investors

It’s not just about the higher yields, although that helps. It’s also about the correlation between hard and local currencies. And Australian investors are in pole position. In a series of discussions with the firm’s Australian investors and others recently

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Zenith funds manager awards finalists

The 10th annual Zenith Investment Partners funds management awards will be live streamed this year, on October 15, with the list of 22 awards having been fine-tuned for the occasion. A new award has been added – global small-cap equities

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PIMCO’s advice on inflation

PIMCO, the world’s largest fixed income manager, believes that there is more risk in the current inflation bogey than the market is anticipating. It has published what is likely the most authoritative look at the current inflation concerns and suggested

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bfinance moves into wealth management space

bfinance, the global fund-manager search and research consultant, is moving into the wholesale wealth management sector, having completed its first global survey in the space. The survey of 120 wealth managers, including about 10 from Australia, shows a pattern of

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Brown Brothers succumbs to sale pressure

The last of the independently owned asset servicing firms, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co, has succumbed to persistent overtures and will be acquired by State Street for US$3.5 billion. The deal announced last week (September 7), will undoubtedly reignite State

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