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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Amundi ratchets up its global optimism for markets

Amundi Asset Management, Europe’s largest fund manager, has reassessed global developments over the past three months and produced a new outlook paper for markets in 2021. The latest view is more bullish than the last. The €1.66 trillion (A$2.01 trillion) manager

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Williams to depart Parametric next month

Raewyn Williams has resigned from Parametric Portfolio Australia and will leave the firm at the end of February, after seven years there. She is Australia’s best-known exponent of after-tax investing, who has been a prolific producer of global and Australian

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UK regulator’s gaffe keeps GBST in play for FNZ

FNZ has won a last-ditch bid to relitigate the looming forced sale of Australian software firm GBST after the UK competition authority flagged possible mistakes in figures underpinning its earlier decision. In a notice published late last year, the Competition

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Westpac follows ANZ with Northern Trust mandate

Northern Trust has won another passive global equities gig with a bank-owned KiwiSaver fund following a mandate reshuffle at the Westpac scheme in New Zealand. Australia’s Ninety One was also a winner in the reshuffle. Along with several other changes,

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CSC widens mental health support activities

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation has partnered with Lifeline to bolster mental health support services and to assist programs aimed at destigmatising mental illness. The super fund joined SuperFriend as that organisation’s 24th super industry partner in August last year. The three-year

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