David Coogan takes a bow for 40 years of achievement

David Coogan notches up his 30th straight CMSF conference this May, at which he resigns from the finance, risk and compliance committee of AIST, and accepts another round of grateful applause for his services to the super industry and heads

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NZ Super doubles down in local private markets

Shortly after David Neal was appointed as the inaugural CIO of the Future Fund, the guardians approved the appointment of global custodian Northern Trust as its asset servicing partner. No big deal, you’d think. Well, welcome to the world of

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Parametric promotes from within for head research role

Parametric Portfolio Associates has promoted Whitlam Zhang to fill the research role formerly held by Raewyn Williams, who resigned late last year. He becomes manager research and strategy for Australia and New Zealand. In the role, Zhang reports to both

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Mercer NZ confirms Sydney-based CIO

Interim Mercer NZ chief investment officer, Ronan McCabe, has been upgraded to permanent following a long recruitment process to replace, Philip Houghton-Brown. The Sydney-based McCabe stepped into the breach last September when Houghton-Brown departed for the head of investment solutions

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Retail investors tilt to ESG in emerging markets

The gap between fund flows for ESG-focused funds and their regular equity, multi-asset and bond counterparts in emerging markets widened further in the past six months, according to figures from Informa Financial Intelligence, a global data provider. Informa’s EPFR (Emerging

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Chant West puts the record straight on super

In an attempt to de-politicise the increasingly tense debate around the future of super, research group Chant West has published a summary of its views across a range of recently raised questions and ill-informed commentary. Chant West, which last year

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Asset servicing a bright spot for Northern Trust

Custody and asset servicing outshone asset and wealth management profitability at Northern Trust globally in the December quarter, as interest income slumped 20 per cent and charges from a 500-person jobs cut program hit home. In an earnings call with

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Ins and outs of NZ Super’s reference portfolio

The NZ Superannuation Fund has slightly lifted both long-term outperformance and risk expectations in its latest ‘reference portfolio’ review while removing an explicit emerging markets benchmark from the process. Following the five-yearly refresh of reference portfolio assumptions in 2020, the

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State Street confirmed as Perpetual’s new custodian

After a review which took just over a year, State Street has been awarded the challenging asset servicing task of transitioning Perpetual Investment Management’s Australian funds management business. The ultimate prize may be to also take on the bigger asset

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