Ian Silk’s memorable career, and memorable speeches

Ian Silk, soon to retire from AustralianSuper, was an infrequent speaker on the conference circuit, but his speeches were memorable. Two were very memorable and, as you might expect, prescient. AustralianSuper announced last week (July 13) that Silk, the first

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Mirae deploys for Aussie attack

Fresh from its sale of a 51 per cent stake in ETF provider BetaShares, Korean asset manager Mirae is preparing for an all-out assault on every segment of the Australian market. The analogy that Kristian Walesby, the new local chief

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Different approach for India growth story

Third-party distributor 3PD has partnered with an Indian equities manager, ValueQuest Capital, for the institutional and wholesale markets in Australia and New Zealand. ValueQuest, a boutique with a seven-year track record for its offshore strategy, known as ‘ValueQuest India Moat

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Record returns no balm for Wilson’s wrath

Last week was a big one for the chief executives of AustralianSuper and Cbus. Their funds announced record-setting returns for the financial year and the next day they both took another hammering from a Commonwealth parliamentary committee. The House of

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NZ scheme presents a case study for all

The Police Superannuation Scheme in NZ will tweak its asset allocation model and launch a new high-growth option after some outsourced soul-searching. The exercise is a case study in matching member expectations. In its latest newsletter, the almost NZ$2.4 billion

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Brown to step down from ACSA

Rob Brown has resigned his position as chief executive of the Australian Custodial Services Association to pursue business interests. He will continue until a suitable replacement is found. Brown has spent many years in asset servicing, starting with State Street

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Coenraads retires from investment coalface

Paul Coenraads, the manager investment operations at Australian Catholic Superannuation and a former head of investments at Mine Super, retired last week (July 8) after nearly 40 years in the industry. Coenraads, who recently turned 60, said his retirement had

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NZ Govt Super in management-board rift

An independent review has called for a governance and investment upgrade at the NZ Government Superannuation Fund after finding the fund’s management and board had been at odds over recent performance. In its five-year statutory review, the Australian arm of

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Fund managers unite over ‘net zero’

Fund managers are increasingly speaking with one voice on issues around climate change, with at least 143 global firms so far joining the ‘Net Zero Asset Managers’ initiative. Several big ones signed up last week. The Australian signatory managers and

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Milestone succumbs to BNY Mellon

Geoff Hodge, founder and chair of Milestone Group, one of the Australian fintech success stories of the past 20 years, is to finally cash out. BNY Mellon is to acquire the now-global business. The two companies announced the transaction last

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