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Proxy advice reforms savage investor outcomes: Morningstar

Josh Frydenberg’s unilateral changes to proxy advice regulation look increasingly unjustifiable. The question that remains is why they were forced through in the first place. The changes, rammed through in late 2021 using regulations powers, will make it nearly impossible for the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) to operate with a requirement that it…

Lachlan Maddock | 14th Jan 2022 | More
ASIC narrows super ‘insider trading’ investigation

ASIC’s investigation into potential “insider trading” at a number of superannuation funds appears to be approaching its end – but the issue seems far from settled. Accusations of “insider trading” at some of Australia’s largest super funds were first made by Liberal MP Tim Wilson, who accused unnamed executives and employees of switching from investment…

Lachlan Maddock | 6th Jan 2022 | More
  • Douglass sticks to his guns after horror 2021

    After a hellish close to 2021 that saw the departure of one of Magellan’s largest institutional clients, the pressure will be on for Hamish Douglass to do what he says he won’t: prioritise the short-term. The closing months of 2021 were likely the harshest of Hamish Douglass’s public career. Criticisms of Magellan’s underperformance since the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 6th Jan 2022 | More
    Private credit offers YFYS outperformance opportunities: Atchison

    APRA’s decision not to include private credit in the Your Future Your Super fixed interest benchmark creates an opportunity for super funds to outperform without compromising tracking error, according to a new report by Atchison Consultants. APRA’s chosen benchmark for fixed interest – the Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+ index – only captures the government and…

    Staff Writer | 16th Dec 2021 | More
  • Australian cities shine in global real estate

    Australia was the brightest spot for big-city property investment among Asia Pacific cities during 2021 and Melbourne showed the most improvement in the world. According to the annual study by Heitman, Chicago-based global real estate manager, of the world’s cities for their attractiveness as real estate markets, Melbourne jumped four places to 14th spot in…

    Greg Bright | 16th Dec 2021 | More
    Investment app rides consumer net-zero trend

    Acacia Money, a fintech start-up which has embraced major consumer and market trends in financial services, this week takes its next big step through the launch of a ‘super solutions’ component of its offering. Armed with data from Chant West and aggregator Yodlee, the savings and wealth management platform launched in August will now incorporate…

    Greg Bright | 16th Dec 2021 | More
    Traditional managers eye hedge fund space

    Big and traditional managers are encroaching further on the space of alternative managers, gauging by winners and finalists at the sector’s annual awards on Friday night. The Australian Alternative Investment Awards, held in conjunction with the Hedge Funds Rock charity night at the Sydney Hilton, December 10, represented a welcome live, and lively, event for…

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Dec 2021 | More
    Shopping rewards to lift member engagement

    Super Rewards is looking to expand its partnership program with big super funds as a way to help them lift member engagement, particularly among women members. The company, launched by former financial services marketer-turned entrepreneur Pascale Helyar-Moray in 2019, allows cash-back incentives from selected retailers across all household spending from day-to-day shopping through to prescription…

    Greg Bright | 10th Dec 2021 | More
    New-look Citi ready for top-tier competition

    On the first weekend of December, Citi Securities Services went live on the last of 26 former RBC Treasury & Investor Services clients, putting an exclamation point behind one of the biggest and most complex of backoffice transitions. The RBC clients, predominantly fund managers and wealth platforms, are adding about $100 billion in assets under…

    Greg Bright | 10th Dec 2021 | More
  • Big super turns to ‘the Excel of carbon’ – but beware the ‘house of cards’

    Michael Lebbon wants to create carbon data that’s as ubiquitous as Uber. But he believes that too much consolidation in the still nascent industry risks creating a dangerous game of follow the leader. “I’ve never wanted to work in pure finance; it didn’t sit well with me,” says Michael Lebbon, CEO of carbon data startup…

    Lachlan Maddock | 10th Dec 2021 | More
    Alliance lines up new ESG strategies

    Third-party marketer 3PD has joined up with an ESG specialist multi-affiliate and distribution company based in in London, Haven Green. 3PD, which was launched last year by Rob Harrison and Steve Larkin, two experienced funds management marketers, has formed an alliance to represent Haven Green’s managers, which include pure-play ESG specialists, in Australia and New…

    Greg Bright | 5th Dec 2021 | More
    Industry has “underwhelmed” on innovation: Schroders CEO

    Manufacturers and super funds alike need to do more on the burning issue of retirement products. So far, they’ve failed to innovate. A full generation of superannuants are about to enter the decumulation phase, with little idea about what to do with the nestegg they’ve built up. And despite the new retirement income covenant, superannuation…

    Lachlan Maddock | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
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