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Lessons from a $5 billion fund in the world of ‘bigger is better’

Life isn’t always easy at the small end of town, but the $5 billion legalsuper is kicking against APRA’s orthodoxy that bigger is nearly always better. “It’s hard not to notice this incredible fixation in our industry that you’ve got to be big to be here in the future,” says Andrew Proebstl, CEO of legalsuper. …

Lachlan Maddock | 6th May 2022 | More
‘Not just a piece of Britain’: Down Under open for funds innovation

The new corporate collective investment vehicle (CCIV) could create new markets for Australian fund managers and bring international managers to Australian shores. Australia is still viewed as somewhat incurious about the region it inhabits, despite gesticulations at the fact that its countries are our largest trading partners. But the newly-created CCIV – due to commence…

Lachlan Maddock | 4th May 2022 | More
  • Future Generation pivots to prevention

    With a new CEO at the helm, the charitable listed investment companies first set up by Geoff Wilson in 2014 will now start funding organisations focused on addressing mental health issues before they occur. The two Future Generation LICs, focusing on domestic equities (Future Generation Australia) and global equities (Future Generation Global) – were set…

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th May 2022 | More
    Prepare for the might of the giga-fund

    In less than 20 years there will likely be a trillion-dollar super fund. So how will it throw its awesome weight around? It might have been premature to label AustralianSuper our first mega-fund. After all, it gives little room to move when coming up with a descriptor for a fund that will someday manage $1…

    Lachlan Maddock | 29th Apr 2022 | More
  • ‘We can’t blow up our own mandate’: caution needed on transition  

    The recent surge in demand for fossil fuels doesn’t mean the green energy revolution is dead. But investors need to proceed with caution lest they lose their mandate to manage the transition. There are two schools of thought on what Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means for fossil fuel production and consumption. Either it will hasten…

    Lachlan Maddock | 27th Apr 2022 | More
    Magellan goes cold on China as volatility reshapes portfolio

    Magellan has abandoned its long-standing Chinese positions and cast a keen eye over financials as it attempts to weather an environment of more persistent inflation. Magellan has remained in the headlines on a near daily basis, with continued uncertainty around the return of CIO and founder Hamish Douglass, who took medical leave in early February….

    Drew Meredith | 27th Apr 2022 | More
    CIOs learn to live with ‘a blunt and retrospective instrument’

    The Your Future, Your Super (YFYS) test is here to stay – but CIOs are still adapting to the idiosyncrasies of their new benchmarks. “The performance test gives you an additional target,” Anna Shelley, CIO of AMP, told the ASFA Conference on Wednesday (27 April). “And you can be the best archer in the world,…

    Lachlan Maddock | 27th Apr 2022 | More
    Redpoint nabs ART sustainability veterans

    Boutique global equities house Redpoint has boosted its impact investing capabilities with two key appointments from the newly-merged Australian Retirement Trust (ART). Hunter Page and Chris Parks have joined Redpoint as portfolio managers as the boutique looks to provide a “distinct investment strategy to leverage the opportunities presenting from sustainable development and the global transition…

    Lachlan Maddock | 20th Apr 2022 | More
    Russia a ‘sideshow’ in main EM game

    Investors and their fund managers have dumped Russian holdings in recent weeks amid worsening horror at the invasion of Ukraine. But active managers could lessen the blow for investors through new opportunities on the other side of a Russian trade. For Ninety One’s emerging markets team, Russia is an “ugly sideshow” to the main investment…

    Greg Bright | 20th Apr 2022 | More
  • ‘Everybody will listen to the 99’: Why consensus rarely triumphs

    Massive dispersion still remains in the aftermath of a relatively minor correction, and now is the time to scrutinise consensus expectations for some market darlings. “If you ask 100 engineers how much steel and concrete are required to build a bridge, and 99 engineers say x amount of steel and y amount of concrete, and…

    Staff Writer | 13th Apr 2022 | More
    Australian Ethical nabs investment heavyweights

    Leading sustainable investment manager Australian Ethical has recruited a number of industry veterans for its investment committee as it enters merger talks with Christian Super. Sean Henaghan, former CIO of AMP’s Multi-Asset Group and current CIO of Aurora Capital, will join Australian Ethical’s investment committee. Also joining are Sandra McCullagh, current non-executive director (NED) of…

    Lachlan Maddock | 13th Apr 2022 | More
    Advocates, Women in Super, reframe neurodiversity

    More diverse organisations have consistently outperformed those that are less diverse. But neurodiversity is still largely an unknown quantity in many of them. The term “neurodiversity” was first coined by researcher Julie Singer in the late 90s, and popularized by journalist Harvey Bloom. It holds that there is simply “a diversity of human minds and…

    Lachlan Maddock | 8th Apr 2022 | More
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