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No alpha in ESG: Scientific Beta

The supposed benchmark-beating powers of ESG have more to do with investors’ exposure to well-known factors rather than any sustainable secret sauce, according to quant house Scientific Beta.

David Chaplin | 23rd Aug 2023 | More
ISA, AIST to join forces for a fresh start

Two of Australia’s leading superannuation bodies will soon be no more. In their place will be a new, merged entity intended to be a “powerful advocate” for the superannuation system and the funds that comprise it.

Lachlan Maddock | 21st Aug 2023 | More
  • How Cbus will manage $50 billion by itself – and another $50 billion with help

    With Cbus eyeing the $100 billion mark, it’s figuring out what it can do well and what should be left to everybody else. And while other funds can’t wait to head overseas, it’s decided to stay home.

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th Aug 2023 | More
    Aware invests big in retirement (homes)

    One of Australia’s largest super funds is now also one of its largest owners of retirement living assets following the acquisition of 100 per cent of Oak Tree in a demographic play.

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th Aug 2023 | More
  • Frontier hones private markets, real assets capabilities

    The asset consultant has rounded out its real assets and private markets research with two new appointments as both areas grow in importance to the institutional investors it services.

    Staff Writer | 18th Aug 2023 | More
    Private debt reigns supreme in a wobbly market

    The asset class is top of the private market pops as institutional investors fret valuations and liquidity in private equity and watch the ongoing commercial property dislocation with growing concern.

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Aug 2023 | More
    Huxford to go as ANZ taps Mercer, BlackRock for backup

    The chief investment officer of New Zealand’s largest non-government fund manager will leave at the end of this year after it revealed new potential arrangements with Mercer and BlackRock.

    David Chaplin | 16th Aug 2023 | More
    Why listed infra is a clear bridge through the energy transition

    The energy transition is full of unknown unknowns, but there are still ways to get some certainty over returns as the world changes how it generates and distributes energy.

    Staff Writer | 16th Aug 2023 | More
    Aware shops at Macquarie, Pendal to boost investment team

    The $250 billion industry fund has hunted two new heads for its investment team while it chips away at a digital transformation project that will support its move to internalise 50 per cent of assets.

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Aug 2023 | More
  • Active Super hit in ASIC’s greenwashing crackdown

    The $14 billion industry fund is in hot water over allegations its member money is exposed to companies that should have been screened out and that it held on to Russian stocks despite saying it had dumped them.

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Aug 2023 | More
    Why Revolution won’t sweat ‘the mother of all default cycles’

    Commentators warn that a new default cycle will strip the shine from private debt strategies, but not all managers have been “sitting on their hands”. And the dislocation in commercial real estate is creating new opportunities for savvy managers.

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Aug 2023 | More
    In-house assets hit 10 per cent at HESTA, but hybrid model here to stay

    The $74 billion industry fund is now managing roughly 10 per cent of its assets in-house, with plans to get more bang for its buck in its sustainable strategies too. But it won’t be abandoning its hybrid model anytime soon.

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Aug 2023 | More