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Margo Lydon and Lucy Brogden

Workplace mental health: the ups and the downs

Australia’s workplaces have made modest gains in the mental health and wellbeing for employees over the past 12 months, despite the impact of COVID-19, according to the largest annual survey of its kind. But, following the drastically altered work patterns

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Study solves investment’s monkey puzzle

by David Chaplin Even a blind monkey-based manager could outperform the average active fund by simply flinging darts at the stock index chart, according to US academic, Burton Malkiel, 88. His claim, first aired in his classic ‘A Random Walk

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NZS’s less carbon adds 60bps, BNP on green hydrogen

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZS) is overhauling its 10-year old responsible investment (RI) strategy to stay on track with global best practice, after recording a 60bps gain due to its old policy. In its ‘Climate Change Report’ published last

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DTCC launches consulting business

DTCC, the global industry-owned provider of infrastructure for post-trade financial services, is entering the consulting business, with a niche advice offering specific to the post-trade processing space. Post-trade processing is where DTCC (the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation) provides much

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Fight for super on again: ACTU’s emergency summit

It’s ‘Ground Hog Day’ for the super industry, according to Michele O’Neil, the president of the ACTU. The Coalition Government is using the same arguments that then Prime Minister Tony Abbott did in 2016, when he successfully delayed the gradual

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Reece Birtles

Quirks and opportunities from reporting season

Australia is doing comparatively very well fighting the spread of COVID-19 and also comparatively well fighting its impact on the broad sharemarket. But there have been several quirks in sharemarket behaviour which have become evident in the latest reporting season,

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AXA IM duo to look for new challenges

AXA Investment Managers is losing two senior executives who have been instrumental in marketing the firm’s integrated ESG capabilities in Australia and New Zealand. They are Craig Hurt, former Australian country head, who left last week (September 30), and Matt

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Harvey Kalman

Quoted funds widen managed funds distribution

The launch early in February this year of Australia’s first unlisted fund to be quoted on the ASX, by Magellan group and its administrator, Mainstream, took a while to sink in, not helped by the dislocation caused by the pandemic

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US property debt manager hires for expansion

Pal Sarai, the former senior executive at bfinance who pioneered the establishment of an Australian-based operation for the disruptive manager search and research company, has resigned to join a US-based specialist real estate firm. Sarai was a leading force behind

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