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Lachlan Maddock


Lachlan Maddock is Editor of Investor Strategy News and Contributing Editor to the Inside Adviser and Inside Investor publications. He is an experienced journalist having graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Wollongong and subsequent spent significant time writing in the Momentum Media stable of publications.

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Bad weather makes better investors: study

Every cloud has a silver lining. In the case of literal rain clouds, it might well be positive returns. Bad weather might lead to better returns, if the findings of a recent study of institutional investor behaviours are to be believed. Lei Zhang, associate professor at the City University of Hong Kong, studied a cross-section…

Lachlan Maddock | 11th Mar 2022 | More
‘You want to be on the right side of it’: State Street prepares for a post-YFYS world

As merger activity continues apace, State Street – armed with its “unique” front-to-back solution – intends to take a dominant position as custodian of choice for the biggest end of town. The super industry and its custodians are now exiting a period of relative stability. The number of funds has more than halved in the…

Lachlan Maddock | 11th Mar 2022 | More
The art of bubble spotting

From Tulip Mania to the Tech Wreck, the history of bubbles shows that they’re harder to spot than investors might think. As Ruffer investment director Lauren French notes in the latest Ruffer Review, even the smartest can fall prey to a market bubble. Isaac Newton, one of the most brilliant mathematicians in history, still lost…

Lachlan Maddock | 11th Mar 2022 | More
The ‘S’ stands for stability

When it comes to geopolitics, investing isn’t as easy as “ESG”. With the prospect of sanctions leaving investors with stranded Russian assets on the balance sheet, several commentators have suggested this could all of have been avoided if those investors just took the “S” (social) and “G” (governance) in “ESG” more seriously. They believe that…

Lachlan Maddock | 9th Mar 2022 | More
Why investors should stop worrying (and learn to love the bomb)

The chances of a nuclear apocalypse are allegedly higher now than during the Cold War – but from a financial perspective, investors should “largely ignore existential risk.” A note from Canada-based BCA Research warns that the world now faces a ten per cent chance of a nuclear war – but that the prospect of nuclear…

Lachlan Maddock | 9th Mar 2022 | More
  • HSBC talks re-open old NAB wound

    Rumoured talks between NAB Asset Servicing (NAS) and HSBC have re-opened the possibility that Australia’s last homegrown custody business will finally close its doors. The latest rumour circulating through Australia’s tight-knit asset servicing industry is that HSBC is pitching to negotiate the potential transfer of NAS’ 30 largest clients to its business, while NAS would…

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Mar 2022 | More
    Crypto might never be more than a meme

    While proponents believe that cryptocurrencies will inevitably disrupt traditional finance, it’ll be harder than it seems – and less lucrative than they think. As cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have shot to prominence in the last several years, it’s now being taken as a given that they will eventually disrupt traditional finance. Blockchain technology offers…

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Mar 2022 | More
    Good and bad news in wake of Ukraine

    While neither Ukraine or Russia are particularly large trading partners for the West, the risks created by the conflict aren’t negligible – and could easily spill over to the global economy. “The potential economic risk (of the Ukraine conflict) has three primary transmission mechanisms: higher global energy prices, further supply chain disruptions and a European…

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th Mar 2022 | More
    In YFYS, one number ‘doesn’t tell the whole story’

    To fix the Your Future, Your Super (YFYS) performance test, Treasury and regulators need to reconsider their fixation on a “bright line” measure. It’s a testament to the flaws of the YFYS performance test that, several months after it was first applied to MySuper products, the super sector’s intelligentsia are still trying to fix it….

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th Mar 2022 | More
    Big super gets its Russia marching orders, but selling isn’t simple

    Plenty of big super funds have announced their intention to dump their Russian assets, and the government wants them to. But saying do svidanya is harder than they thought. From a certain angle, there’s a lot of Russia in the super system. Once ruled by unapologetic socialists, they’ve both become capitalistic in the aftermath of…

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th Mar 2022 | More
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