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MAX Awards: now for the actual winners

Chris Mather, head of platforms distribution at BT Financial, and Adele Welsh, head of marketing at Praemium, took out the top two personal awards at last week’s MAX Awards. The annual super and investment industry sales and marketing achievement awards night, held in Sydney on June10, attracted a record attracted a record 17,000 votes, according…

Greg Bright | 11th Jun 2021 | More
… as PGIM looks at real assets in China

Prospects for private markets, including real estate and venture capital, are as bright, or brighter, than they are for the public markets in China, according to a PGIM investor event. The US$1.5 trillion global manager, the investment management arm of the Prudential insurance group of the US, held its annual China Investment Symposium, virtually, on…

Greg Bright | 11th Jun 2021 | More
  • Mercer’s case for separate China mandates

    The discussion about the best way to build and manage an appropriate exposure to China is becoming more urgent. Mercer has helped investors with some new research. In a paper entitled: ‘Positioning Your Portfolio for the Future of Emerging Markets – the case for a dedicated China equity allocation’ the global advisory and funds management…

    Greg Bright | 11th Jun 2021 | More
    History rhymes: GMO defends gloomy views

    GMO has hit back at critics of its bearish seven-year forecasts, saying “great companies with great narratives can still experience price movements that are too great”. GMO compared asset class forecasts from the seven-year period leading up to March 2000 with forecasts from 2014 onwards, noting that asset prices have both grown around 70 per…

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Jun 2021 | More
  • ‘Schroders Capital’ to unify alternatives offerings

    Schroders has united its alternatives capabilities under a new global structure, Schroders Capital, which now speaks for US$66 billion (A$85 billion) in listed and unlisted assets. The brand and management reporting lines were announced last week (June 7) in London. While the details probably mean more for the staff than clients, it is a further…

    Greg Bright | 11th Jun 2021 | More
    Aussie Super prompts more Bragg ire over New Daily

    Industry fund-owned ‘The New Daily’ is once again in political hot water after a controversial deal with AustralianSuper to auto-subscribe 800,000 of the fund’s members to the publication. ‘The New Daily’ has become a bee in the bonnet for a number of Liberal backbenchers, most notably NSW Senator Andrew Bragg, who has characterised the publication…

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Jun 2021 | More
    Why we’re still arguing about fund mergers

    It’s approaching orthodoxy that a merger is always in the best interests of members. But is bigger always better? What is the true price of scale? Leeanne Turner, Spirit Super’s inaugural chief executive, told a CMSF audience in May: “If you’re not considering a merger then you either have your head in the sand or…

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Jun 2021 | More
    Custodians get ready for digital assets

    While many professional investors remain sceptical about the investability of digital currencies such as bitcoin – fool’s gold? – the asset servicing world is taking no chances, according to a study by Citibank and Global Custodian. The big global custodian and main business media title for asset servicing have published a report ….. download PDF…

    Greg Bright | 4th Jun 2021 | More
    Investor case for economic transparency

    Eaton Vance has mounted a case for both investors and governments to better appreciate the benefits of economic transparency on sovereign bonds. In a research paper, ‘Economic Transparency Means a Creditworthy Sovereign’, the global manager looks at economic transparency as it correlates to yield spreads, credit ratings, stock price volatility, and trust in government across…

    Greg Bright | 4th Jun 2021 | More
  • Now Parametric buys into YFYS debate

    The Your Future Your Super Bill continues to be roundly criticised by the industry after the deadline for comment has passed and notwithstanding doubts about its passage to legislation. Proposed regulations, requiring comment by May 26, included two concessions to the barrage of criticism from almost every quarter of the industry – from the profit-to-member…

    Greg Bright | 4th Jun 2021 | More
    Morningstar tips for ‘late recovery’ trades

    The recovery from 2020’s “massive period of turbulence” hasn’t lifted all boats, and there are still plenty of bargains to be had if you know where to look. Gareth James, Morningstar’s Sydney-based equity research strategist, expects Link Group, for instance, to bounce back from “a tough few years” of regulatory changes and the loss of…

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th Jun 2021 | More
    Government-prompted proxy wars a solution looking for a problem

    No evidence has been presented to support the need for new proxy advice regulations. Rather, an army of investors have argued against them. So who do the reforms really benefit? The Government is facing an uphill battle on proxy advice changes as industry stakeholders, including the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors, savage proposals that would…

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th Jun 2021 | More
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