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EVP looks at further venture funding for third fund

Equity Venture Partners has announced the first close for its third fund, at $50 million. The Sydney-based venture capital manager is now working on a final close for the offering. EVP, which has joined with Brookvine and Spire Capital for

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More fee pressure on EM mandates from Frontier

Excess returns from active equities managers in emerging markets have declined steadily for more than 15 years and, while fees have come off too, mainstream managers should look at further reductions, according to Frontier Advisors. In its latest research note,

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… and Aware hammers home need for action

The debate over climate change has been too polarised along political lines, says politician Zali Steggal. It should be about setting hard targets, says one of Australia’s biggest investors, Damian Graham. Graham, the CIO of Aware Super, and Steggall, the

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Heitman commits to 2030 carbon neutral target

Global real estate investment management firm Heitman has committed to the ambitious target of becoming net carbon neutral for its global private equity real estate portfolio by 2030. Laura Craft, Chicago-based senior v.p., head of global ESG strategy, says that

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Longlead Capital gets set for new wholesale investors

Longlead Capital Partners, the boutique long/short equities manager formed by two key players in the success of Regal Funds Management, has launched a traditional unlisted unit trust to allow better access to its strategies among Australian and New Zealand investors.

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Asia to rise above the rest in COVID aftermath

Asian Pacific nations have done so well during the battle against COVID-19 compared with their western peers that they have “turned the corner” in the evolution of the region, according to a leading academic, Professor Kishore Mahbubani. He told a

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Pressure on better data for climate action

Research Affiliates, the global smart-beta manager and advisory group, has called on institutional investors to pressure companies over their reporting of green-house gas emissions. Forward-looking reporting is proving useless, a new study reveals. In a webinar for Australian and New

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How Biden could transform global green bonds

by Johann Plé* In July, US President-elect Joe Biden announced plans to spend US$2 trillion (A$2.74 trillion) to progress the use of clean energy in areas including transportation, electricity generation and construction over the next four years. As part of a group of proposals designed to tackle the growing threat of climate

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AMP’s social infrastructure purchase pays off

AMP Capital’s purchase of a small social infrastructure fund from the Royal Bank of Scotland 10 years ago has become a rare beacon of hope for the troubled manager riding an ESG trend and the search for stability in an

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How low rates benefit Nuveen in real assets

As with previous periods of market volatility and economic downturns, real assets have tended to come to the fore as havens of reliable returns. Adding lower-for-longer interest rates to the mix, this is particularly the case right now. Addressing a

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