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Lachlan Maddock


Lachlan is editor of Investor Strategy News and has extensive experience covering institutional investment.

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HLB Mann Judd sees IPO gold rush

After a soft streak in a chaotic 2020, the IPO market is expected to take off with a “strong pipeline” of new floats coming through 2021, according to HLB Mann Judd. The Australian IPO market is gaining pace after a sluggish period that saw a scant $132 million raised in the first half of 2020,…

Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Jul 2021 | More
Missing the rally wasn’t Magellan’s biggest mistake

Failing to take advantage of the recovery trade looks bad. But with Alibaba, Magellan missed a risk you could see from space. Hamish Douglass, Magellan chairman and chief investment officer, has been much maligned in recent months for something that’s probably his fault but not actually his problem: missing the market rally in late 2020….

Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Jul 2021 | More
“Sometimes super is not the answer”: Fryer

Trustees need to be wary of seeing everything through the lens of super, according to Chant West’s Ian Fryer. Engaging with controversial ideas around its uses can be a boon for member outcomes. As the big banks and their superannuation products copped a hiding in the Hayne royal commission , the rivers of gold correspondingly…

Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Jul 2021 | More
‘Pre-mortems’ key to YFYS test

Trustees should consider “pre-mortem” stress tests and a whole of portfolio approach to the YFYS performance benchmarks to avoid underperformance, according to Willis Towers Watson (WTW). Jonathan Grigg, WTW director for investments, says avoiding test failure will be a high priority for funds, but not one that can override the obligation to act in members’…

Lachlan Maddock | 16th Jul 2021 | More
Merger race already won

There is a growing fear that the post-YFYS landscape will be dominated by a handful of megafunds, with competition – and differentiated member outcomes – disappearing. Super funds are about to experience a quick and bloody cull. With the first underperformance results expected on September 1, and letters to be sent out soon after advising…

Lachlan Maddock | 16th Jul 2021 | More
  • Mirae deploys for Aussie attack

    Fresh from its sale of a 51 per cent stake in ETF provider BetaShares, Korean asset manager Mirae is preparing for an all-out assault on every segment of the Australian market. The analogy that Kristian Walesby, the new local chief executive of Korea-based Mirae Asset Global Investment, employs for its Australia expansion is that of…

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Jul 2021 | More
    BlackRock questions new world order

    The asset management colossus believes three key themes will shape a post-covid world of rising climate risk and extraordinary economic imbalances. Ben Powell, the chief investment strategist for Asia Pacific at BlackRock’s Investment Institute in Singapore, said: “To state the obvious, the last 18 months have been rather unusual. It hasn’t been a normal slowdown…

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Jul 2021 | More
    Record returns no balm for Wilson’s wrath

    Last week was a big one for the chief executives of AustralianSuper and Cbus. Their funds announced record-setting returns for the financial year and the next day they both took another hammering from a Commonwealth parliamentary committee. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, chaired by Tim Wilson, a Liberal MP, is often enlivened…

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Jul 2021 | More
    Better governance helps Japanese market

    While Japan has long been anathema to western investors, a series of corporate governance reforms are fueling renewed interest in the country. Japan’s status as a technologically advanced country with a happy, healthy population has long belied its stagnating economy and uncompetitive corporate landscape that has seen a slow grind downwards for markets since the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Jul 2021 | More
    Asian financials face ‘slow death’ unless they innovate

    While Asian financials will benefit from the world’s fastest growing middle-class, they also face massive headwinds from fintech disruptors and the looming threat of central bank digital currencies. Asian financials are still an important sector for investors and one that is poised to benefit from the region’s emerging middle-class and greater wealth accumulation in developed…

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Jul 2021 | More
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