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How ACSA prepares for ‘Uber’ moments

A key and enduring theme of the work of the Australian Custodial Services Association is the search for ever-greater efficiency in financial markets. Custodians need always be prepared for the next ‘Uber moment’. The latest such moment came in February

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ESG impacts fund managers’ future

The flow of money into ‘dedicated sustainable investing’ will accelerate over the next four years, with global assets hitting US$13 trillion (A$17.8 trillion) by 2050. But there are steep hurdles for fund managers hoping to take part. According to a

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Ian Silk’s memorable career, and memorable speeches

Ian Silk, soon to retire from AustralianSuper, was an infrequent speaker on the conference circuit, but his speeches were memorable. Two were very memorable and, as you might expect, prescient. AustralianSuper announced last week (July 13) that Silk, the first

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How to address the net-zero challenges

With 128 fund managers having signed up for the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative commitments, one of them has spelled out just how difficult the path to net zero will be for both managers and investors. Martin Currie, the global

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Inflation concerns over ESG

They are two hot topics of analyses in the investment world. What is not so well known is that the coming round of inflation will likely be exacerbated by ESG strategies. The obvious element to cause a spike in prices

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Alternatives may benefit from ESG and inflation

Every cloud has a silver lining. Alternatives may benefit from both the trend to ESG strategies and the extra inflationary pressures which ensue, according to the mid-year outlook from Franklin Templeton. Two of Franklin Templeton’s affiliate managers, Clarion Partners and

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Different approach for India growth story

Third-party distributor 3PD has partnered with an Indian equities manager, ValueQuest Capital, for the institutional and wholesale markets in Australia and New Zealand. ValueQuest, a boutique with a seven-year track record for its offshore strategy, known as ‘ValueQuest India Moat

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Brown to step down from ACSA

Rob Brown has resigned his position as chief executive of the Australian Custodial Services Association to pursue business interests. He will continue until a suitable replacement is found. Brown has spent many years in asset servicing, starting with State Street

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Coenraads retires from investment coalface

Paul Coenraads, the manager investment operations at Australian Catholic Superannuation and a former head of investments at Mine Super, retired last week (July 8) after nearly 40 years in the industry. Coenraads, who recently turned 60, said his retirement had

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