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‘Come at us’: Mercer ready for competition at scale

Mercer Super Trust’s merger with Westpac’s superannuation assets will prepare the retail fund for a new era of competition in Australia’s rapidly consolidating super sector. BT’s Personal and Corporate superannuation funds will be merged into the Mercer Super Trust in a successor fund transfer that will create a superannuation fund with $65 billion under management…

Lachlan Maddock | 27th May 2022 | More
YFYS sees a ‘bifurcation’ in property strategies

Your Future, Your Super (YFYS) is creating a two-speed system in unlisted property where the biggest funds are forced offshore and the smallest must play in their own backyard. That might soon change. It’s a testament to the idiosyncrasies of the YFYS performance test that super funds are still trying to figure out the best…

Lachlan Maddock | 27th May 2022 | More
  • ‘An appropriate place of paranoia’: fundies prepare for stormy weather

    Investors are now fretting a recession to go along with a more volatile geopolitical outlook. But on that prospect, it’s the cooler-headed fundies that will prevail. One thing that’s obvious from the last few weeks of market movements is that fear is running things again. Inflation and rate rises have given way to talk of…

    Lachlan Maddock | 25th May 2022 | More
    Citi flexes post-RBC muscles in a time of ‘chunky winners and losers’

    Custody competition in Australia is heating up as super funds disappear in a flurry of merger activity. But with the RBC transaction catapulting it up the ACSA tables, Citi says it’s ready to take on all comers. “If you’re not able to keep up, you slide into irrelevance,” says Okan Pekin, global head of securities…

    Lachlan Maddock | 25th May 2022 | More
  • Martin Carpenter to retire (from banking)

    Martin Carpenter’s “fantastic career” as Citi’s local head of securities services will draw to a close later this year. He’s got no set destination in mind, but there’s still plenty of travel on the cards. Carpenter’s 13-year stint as the head of Citi Securities Services for Australasia will conclude in the third quarter of 2022….

    Lachlan Maddock | 20th May 2022 | More
    Unpredictable, not uninvestable: emerging markets no lost Paradice

    As Paradice’s emerging market equities strategy hits its three-year anniversary, the outlook for the asset class has never been more uncertain. But the local institutional appetite is voracious. From Covid to Common Prosperity, emerging markets have been roiled by upheaval in the last two years. And Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent global markets into the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th May 2022 | More
    NZ Super tops-up top ranks, buys low as market tanks

    The NZ Superannuation Fund (NZS) has confirmed a trio of senior appointments, luring two overseas candidates to assume the plum positions. In an update last week, the NZS named Kathryn Kerner, Kevin Wong and Rachael Le Mesurier as respective head of data analytics, senior investment strategist and head of diversity, equity and inclusion. Both Kerner…

    David Chaplin | 13th May 2022 | More
    Value back on top in a market in shock

    Value investors have staged their long-prophesied comeback during the highly volatile start to the year. But questions remain about whether this performance will be prolonged. March stands out as being one of the most difficult periods for investors in a generation. On the one hand, bond markets sent fixed income to its worst return in…

    Drew Meredith | 13th May 2022 | More
    BlackRock backtracks on proxy support

    BlackRock has flagged an ESG-lite agenda ahead of the 2022 corporate proxy-voting season. In a note published last week, the BlackRock Investment Stewardship (BIS) group says the US$10 trillion manager – the world’s largest – will direct its considerable proxy power in favour of fewer shareholder proposals this year as companies face votes on more…

    David Chaplin | 13th May 2022 | More
  • AIMA, 100WF elevate women’s voices

    Investment management still trends “pale, male, and stale”. But a new mentoring program is aiming to close the female participation gap. It took the Global Financial Crisis for Ming Long AM, now the chair of AMP Capital funds management, to get the CFO role at Investa Property Group. The company had just been taken over…

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th May 2022 | More
    Time to make sustainability real for members: JANA

    As big super pursues an engagement-focused approach to sustainability, the challenge will be making its real-world impacts felt by both members and executives. Ask a dozen investment professionals what the key challenge for sustainability is and you’ll get a dozen answers: tracking error considerations borne out of Your Future, Your Super (YFYS); the need to…

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th May 2022 | More
    Funds ditch romance, confront reality on retirement

    With the advent of the Retirement Income Covenant (RIC), super funds can finally move forward on the decumulation phase. But they shouldn’t try to “boil the sea.” Despite the fact that a generation of superannuants are about to enter the decumulation phase, funds are still grappling with the challenge of producing a compelling retirement solution….

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th May 2022 | More
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