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Atlas Arteria shareholders hold out for a hero

Shareholders in toll road operator Atlas Arteria believe the company will be able to drum up significant offshore interest in the face of a raid on its registry by IFM Investors. Australia’s listed infrastructure universe is disappearing beneath the tidal wave of capital dispensed by investors like IFM and the super funds that own it….

Lachlan Maddock | 10th Jun 2022 | More
NAS sale falls through (again)

Talks between NAB Asset Servicing and HSBC for the latter to take charge of the former’s 30 largest clients have allegedly faltered. HSBC was understood to be looking to do a deal similar to that which Citi completed last year with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) whereby it took over almost all of the former…

Lachlan Maddock | 10th Jun 2022 | More
  • Pandemic, trade indices stretch beta concepts

    Academically driven global index provider Scientific Beta has taken strides in its commercialisation with its latest offering. It has also prompted the question: is there a point where smart beta becomes dumb alpha? Scientific Beta, the former offshoot of the French international business school EDHEC, was acquired by the Singapore Exchange (SGX) in January 2020….

    Greg Bright | 8th Jun 2022 | More
    ‘Hold your view lightly’: GQG on Russia, ESG

    Everybody wants certainty, but it’s the one thing in short supply in markets today. “In investing, the most important thing to recognize is that you’re probably wrong in anything which you believe,” Mark Barker, head of international at GQG Partners, told the Inside Network’s Equities and Growth Symposium. “Have a view, but hold your view…

    Lachlan Maddock | 2nd Jun 2022 | More
  • Federated Hermes hunts more growth Down Under

    Federated Hermes is looking to expand its stewardship and private markets services in Australia as the rapidly consolidating super sector is forced to go global. Tasked with managing $3.4 trillion of retirement savings for the future in a country with an equity market substantially more prone to stranded asset risk, Australia’s super funds have been…

    Lachlan Maddock | 1st Jun 2022 | More
    Bull run no boon for innovation: BCG

    The rivers of gold that have flowed over the last decade have not flowed to more innovative products, according to Boston Consulting Group. The last ten years have seen much ado about the dominance of passive products over active managements, with ETF inflows swelling to titanic proportions amidst a decade-long bull run where even the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 1st Jun 2022 | More
    ‘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