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Baker hands Sentinel reins to Tricia Nguyen

Tricia Nguyen, a principal of Mercer, has been promoted to head of Mercer Sentinel following the move by Peter Baker to a part-time role with the business. The changeover had been planned for some time. Nguyen, who became a principal

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Warakirri spreads its ‘boutique’ strategies

Warakirri Asset Management has cemented its position as the second-largest fund manager in Australian agriculture with the launch of a second fund in the buy/lease sector. The Warakirri Farmland Fund, launched last week (April 12), has been seeded by a

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Social benefit added in green bond fund revamp

Amundi has revamped its old responsible investing green bond fund as a broader strategy which looks to also mitigate against societal damage from the shift to renewables. The new fund, ‘Just Transition for Climate’, retains the fixed income and credit

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Member admin shake-up as FNZ enters fray

After years of consolidation in the member administration space for big super funds, smaller and newer competitors appear to be gaining ground. FNZ and Grow have won their first clients. GROW Inc (formerly Grow Super) was selected by Vanguard as

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Fink conducts cultural purge at BlackRock

Larry Fink, BlackRock’s outspoken chief executive, has committed the firm to a cultural cleansing in the wake of alleged sexual and racial discrimination at the world’s largest fund manager. In an annual shareholder letter published last week, Fink says “certain

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SE Asia a hotspot for alternatives – Preqin

A wave of digitalisation is pushing venture capital to the fore, building capital raisings and deal-making momentum, according to the latest information and views collected by Preqin. The global research firm which specialises in alternatives, has a growing presence in

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… as Citi adds ESG scores to asset servicing platform

Citi has incorporated ESG scores into its global securities services data platform, Citi Velocity Clarity, allowing clients to analyse the sustainability exposure of their holdings at the portfolio and security level. It’s unique to Citi and proving popular with clients. The new capability, which Citi believes is

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WA’s $5.3b insurer reviews asset servicing

The Insurance Commission of Western Australia (ICWA) is undertaking a review of its asset servicing contract, currently with BNP Paribas Securities Services. The review is being undertaken with advice from JANA Investment Advisers, overseen by senior consultant Jo Leaper, who

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Ohlsson takes on major role at Evergreen

Michael Ohlsson has become a shareholder and executive director of Evergreen Consultants, the wholesale specialist asset advisory, ratings and research business co-founded by Angela Ashton in 2016. The firm has expanded rapidly in the past five years, last year launching

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Chant West Awards finalists: the winners may be…

The theme for this year’s Chant West Awards is ‘resilience’. With the big challenges largely thrust upon them – regulatory changes, political sniping and the COVID crisis – the last year has probably been the toughest ever for super funds.

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