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Yale’s Swensen dies at 67

David Swensen, the Yale endowment fund’s famous chief executive and always a candidate for the “best investor in the world” title in any contest, died last Wednesday night US time (May 6 in Australia) at 67. In his 36 years at the fund’s helm, Swensen achieved many first’s for the institutional investment industry. He pioneered…

Greg Bright | 7th May 2021 | More
WTW laboratory for ‘new breed’ of manager

Willis Towers Watson has formed a working group to assess the potential for what it calls a ‘new breed’ of investment management firm that invests across the equity spectrum, from private to public markets. The working group, bringing together researchers from both sectors within WTW, was established in March. The global asset consulting firm believes…

Greg Bright | 7th May 2021 | More
  • HR service to stop conflicts becoming complaints

    As the national conversation dramatically shifted to include widespread sexist, harassment and bullying behaviours, a spotlight has been shone on the HR capabilities of organisations. Of course, the conversation has become much broader in recent months, with growing concerns being aired for women’s financial wellbeing, including the role of super, gaining headlines. But it is…

    Greg Bright | 7th May 2021 | More
    Gunning’s new job amid Russell bond shake-up

    Russell Investments has made sweeping changes to its flagship global fixed income funds in a move that almost doubles the in-house managed component. In a note to clients last week (May 4), Russell revealed it had cut three incumbent bond managers – Colchester Global Investors, Insight and Voya – from the global fixed income menu…

    David Chaplin | 7th May 2021 | More
  • Aware Super gets political on climate and growth

    It’s not only the traditional core of Melbourne-based industry funds that can get political in the battle against climate change and growth. Aware Super, with a foundation membership of NSW public sector employees, has entered the fray. The fund commissioned and published Friday (May 7) a 65-page report written by social researcher Rebecca Huntley entitled…

    Greg Bright | 7th May 2021 | More
    Top global funds also highest on ESG score

    NZ Super, the Future Fund and Norway’s NBIM are among the top-performing government funds, as well as having the highest level of governance and sustainability, according to a study by SWF Global. The study, of 52 of the world’s largest funds, attempts to illustrate the connection between good governance with sustainability processes and investment returns….

    Greg Bright | 7th May 2021 | More
    Paradice recruits head of distribution

    Paradice Investment Management has appointed Stephen Bramley as head of institutional distribution, a new position for the Australian and international small-cap specialist. Bramley has had a lot of experience in similar roles, most recently as head of distribution for Asia Pacific at Pacific Current Group, which was Australia’s first listed multi-affiliate manager, then known as…

    Greg Bright | 30th Apr 2021 | More
    Rest’s combined mandate first for Eaton Vance

    Calvert Research and Management and Parametric, two of Eaton Vance’s managers, have combined in Australia for the first time to manage the equities component of Rest Super’s new sustainable growth investment option. Calvert is the US-based ESG specialist acquired by Eaton Vance in 2016. Parametric, an implementation specialist manager which is one of the global…

    Greg Bright | 30th Apr 2021 | More
    Israel lobby tries to halt NZ Super exclusions

    The Israel Institute of NZ lobbied to halt the exclusion of certain banking stocks from the NZ Superannuation Fund’s portfolio this year, according to recently released documents. In an Official Information Act (OIA) request on April 12, the local Israel association asked for confirmation the NZ Government’s largest super fund had told underlying managers that…

    David Chaplin | 30th Apr 2021 | More
  • Suncorp deal adds to NAS win on LGIA

    LGIA Super, in the process of merging with Energy Super, last week (April 30) confirmed the appointment of National Asset Servicing as custodian for the new fund. This follows last week’s announcement that LGIA will buy the Suncorp wealth management business, making only the second industry fund to buy a retail-orientated business after First State…

    Greg Bright | 30th Apr 2021 | More
    New Evergreen, Generation investment bond

    Evergreen Consultants has teamed with Generation Life for the launch of an ESG-orientated multi-manager investment bond, believed to be an industry first. The bond follows a model portfolio developed by Evergreen, called the Responsible Growth Model. The research and ratings firm says the model was created to provide advisers and investors with a long-term portfolio…

    Greg Bright | 30th Apr 2021 | More
    The Government makes YFYS concessions

    After repeated and universal criticism from all major super industry bodies, the Government has agreed to two amendments to its performance benchmark as part of the Government’s proposed Your Future, Your Super legislation. The Government announced last week (April 28) that it would allow the inclusion of infrastructure and unlisted property as well as administration…

    Greg Bright | 30th Apr 2021 | More
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