Shotgun divorce now in FNZ/GBST marriage

NZ-based FNZ, the financial software firm run out of London, will have to offload its $260 million-plus Australian software asset within months after the UK competition regulator smothered the deal in a final ruling last week. In a decision handed

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BMO builds out Australian presence

BMO Global Asset Management has recruited Harry Page from Rainmaker Information as the Sydney-based assistant v.p. for intermediary sales, primarily focused on two of the firm’s subsidiaries, Pyrford International and LGM Investments. This will allow director Michael Angwin, who has

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A stirring call to invest in emerging markets

It’s time to adopt a different view of emerging markets, according to Will Sutcliffe. Time to shake off the connotations of a third-world marketplace and recognise that the major emerging markets are the lands of giants, not demons. Such is

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What a Biden presidency means: Capital’s Thawley

Capital Group has a handy person to call on when it comes to looking at US politics from an Australian perspective – a former Australian ambassador to the US and Capital’s vice chairman, Michael Thawley. He thinks investors shouldn’t be

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Big pension funds under-report costs – study

About half of institutional asset owner costs get lost in the wash, according to a new study by CEM Benchmarking. An analysis of 24 large global asset owners representing over US$4.4 trillion found 49 per cent of investment costs were

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Performance keeps Australia in alternatives game

Australia remains tiny on a world scale for alternative investments, with just 1-2 per cent of the global market, despite having consistently good performance, particularly among private equity players. This is the view of Mark O’Hare, the founder and chief

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Market distortions boost demand for private markets

Short and long-term factors are benefitting investors and their managers which have either entered the private markets space or expanded their capabilities. To the chagrin of detractors, Australia’s big not-for-profit funds can hang their hats largely on private markets for

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… as Antler offers new model for venture

The case for venture capital as an institutional investment has never been more apparent. As others in the private markets generally are saying, “where else are you going to invest?” While a new model doesn’t make it any easier for

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Behind the ILS and cat bond prices surge – Frontier

Insurance-linked securities and catastrophe (cat) bonds have become increasingly popular investments for institutional investors over the last 20 or-so years, since the market took off due to a spate of hurricanes in the US. COVID-19 has added a new twist.

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… as climate, COVID prompt increased demand

With rising insurance premiums and continued fears about the impact of climate change – and whether the world is reacting effectively enough – insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bonds are going through a growth spurt. The March market slump due to

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