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Martin Currie fires a shot across the bows on dividends

Martin Currie Australia last week, on August 6, sent a letter to the chairs of all of the companies in which the firm invests in Australia and New Zealand for its income strategies, emphasising what it has relayed in meetings about the “power of dividends” for investors – especially for retirees, charities and foundations. Dividends…

Staff Writer | 9th Aug 2020 | More
How the new ‘fewer but deeper’ relationship model is evolving

As super funds have grown and, with mergers, sometimes grown very quickly, so has their rosters of outsourced funds managers. For several years most funds have been looking to have fewer but deeper relationships with their service providers, because this tends to be more efficient. At least one manager, Parametric, is looking to make this…

Staff Writer | 9th Aug 2020 | More
New categories in evolving world of industry awards

The annual Money Management Awards were a bit different this year, as all awards have been. They were virtual, like the others, and they weren’t run, in Money Management’s case in conjunction with the ‘financial planner of the year’ and ‘BDM of the year’ awards as previously – those awards being put on hold until…

Staff Writer | 9th Aug 2020 | More
AvSuper appoints new growth manager in portfolio shift

AvSuper has appointed a new global manager, US-Based Hardman Johnston, in a mandate which shifts its portfolio towards the growth end of the spectrum. Hardman Johnston Global Advisors has been one of the best-performing managers in its category for more than 10 years. The $2 billion aviation industry fund, which speaks for about 6,500 members,…

Staff Writer | 9th Aug 2020 | More
FEAL conference taps into resilience

This year’s FEAL conference theme proved prescient when chosen, what seems a long time ago, in February. The theme was: ‘Resilience: How to Survive and Thrive in a Time of Disruption’. With a bit of luck, the organisation is showing similar foresight in announcing that the postponed annual members’ dinner will take place on November…

Staff Writer | 9th Aug 2020 | More
  • Spanner in the works for FNZ and GBST deal

    FNZ, the company which brought new-age investment options to Australia’s largest super funds, could be forced to sell down its acquired Australian software firm, GBST, by November 19, after the takeover was deemed anti-competitive by a UK regulator. In a decision handed down last week, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) ruled the $260 million-plus…

    Staff Writer | 9th Aug 2020 | More
    Now, the hard work begins for Franklin Templeton… and the history of multi-affiliate funds management

    by Greg Bright Franklin Templeton announced its new leadership team last week, including the important Australasian and APAC parts of the business, prior to the official completion on July 31 of the takeover of Legg Mason, the global multi-affiliate manager. Now, the hard work begins. Multi-affiliate managers tend to be a different breed to traditional…

    Staff Writer | 2nd Aug 2020 | More
    … as GSFM shows the benefits of manager diversification

    In a regular series of presentations on the state of play in their markets by its affiliated managers, GSFM has demonstrated the diversification advantages that multi-affiliate funds management businesses have over their single-manager counterparts. The aim, as obvious as it sounds, is to have more winners than losers at any particular time. Damien McIntyre, the…

    Staff Writer | 2nd Aug 2020 | More
    Modern slavery and the complexity of ESG investing

    As the ‘S’ in ‘ESG’ is becoming increasingly important for big super funds and other fiduciary investors, the generally illegal activity known as ‘Modern Slavery’ in most countries, including Australia and New Zealand, has shown up the difficulties in finding out about and addressing bad behaviour down the supply chain. This is bad behaviour and…

    Staff Writer | 2nd Aug 2020 | More
    Arter to take the helm at Cbus Super

    Cbus Super’s new chief executive will be Justin Arter, a former Australia country head for BlackRock and a former UK head of institutional business for that manager. Perhaps more importantly for his new role, Arter is also a former chief executive of VFMC, the Victorian Government-owned manager, which has a similar culture to that of…

    Staff Writer | 2nd Aug 2020 | More
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