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Benefits from diversity not only about gender

Early research on ethnicity as well as gender by Willis Towers Watson should significantly broaden the discussion about potential economic benefits from improved diversity among boards and management at super funds, corporates and other organisations. In the first public airing

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Citi first global bank with China custody licence

Citibank China Co will become the first global bank with a full-service custody operation in China from the new year. This follows its debut as one of only two to go live with securities lending contracts early this month (November

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Research Affiliates backs new emissions reporting plan

Research Affiliates, US-based global quant manager which has established offices in Sydney and Melbourne in the past couple of years, has called for compulsory changes in the way companies report carbon emissions to assist the investment world make more informed

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Shotgun divorce now in FNZ/GBST marriage

NZ-based FNZ, the financial software firm run out of London, will have to offload its $260 million-plus Australian software asset within months after the UK competition regulator smothered the deal in a final ruling last week. In a decision handed

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BMO builds out Australian presence

BMO Global Asset Management has recruited Harry Page from Rainmaker Information as the Sydney-based assistant v.p. for intermediary sales, primarily focused on two of the firm’s subsidiaries, Pyrford International and LGM Investments. This will allow director Michael Angwin, who has

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A stirring call to invest in emerging markets

It’s time to adopt a different view of emerging markets, according to Will Sutcliffe. Time to shake off the connotations of a third-world marketplace and recognise that the major emerging markets are the lands of giants, not demons. Such is

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What a Biden presidency means: Capital’s Thawley

Capital Group has a handy person to call on when it comes to looking at US politics from an Australian perspective – a former Australian ambassador to the US and Capital’s vice chairman, Michael Thawley. He thinks investors shouldn’t be

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Big pension funds under-report costs – study

About half of institutional asset owner costs get lost in the wash, according to a new study by CEM Benchmarking. An analysis of 24 large global asset owners representing over US$4.4 trillion found 49 per cent of investment costs were

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Performance keeps Australia in alternatives game

Australia remains tiny on a world scale for alternative investments, with just 1-2 per cent of the global market, despite having consistently good performance, particularly among private equity players. This is the view of Mark O’Hare, the founder and chief

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Market distortions boost demand for private markets

Short and long-term factors are benefitting investors and their managers which have either entered the private markets space or expanded their capabilities. To the chagrin of detractors, Australia’s big not-for-profit funds can hang their hats largely on private markets for

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