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How technology is pushing asset servicers to the fore

The job of global custodians is about to get a lot more important as the spread of new technologies takes hold throughout the investment world. A recent paper by Northern Trust’s asset servicing arm ‘reimagines’ the investment world in 2030,

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Why infrastructure hasn’t touched the sides yet

Australia has a long way to go to catch up to its major trading partners in its planned spend on new infrastructure, notwithstanding Prime Minister Morrison’s pledge of $100 billion over the next 10 years. This should be something for

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QSuper wins major SuperRatings award

QSuper took out the SuperRatings Fund of the Year award for 2021 while also taking out two other important awards, for Pension of the Year and Smooth Ride Award, for consistency of performance, at an event broadcast live from Sydney’s

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Investment disconnect over ESG – Russell research

Almost all fund managers have adopted some form of environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis to enhance research but its influence on real investment calls remains unclear, according to a new Russell Investments global survey. The Russell 2020 ESG study,

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Liquidity blues despite cash splash – Amundi

Central bank largesse lubricated the relatively squeak-free ride of the global asset management industry through the COVID-19 crisis to date, but liquidity risks remain high, according to a new Amundi Asset Management report. In a ‘blue paper’ published last week,

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Calastone throws ownership to private equity giant

Global fund back-office connector, Calastone, has sold a majority stake to US private equity player, The Carlyle Group. In a release last week, the UK-headquartered Calastone said the deal would see Carlyle acquire most current shares including those held by

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State Super takes the plunge with China-only mandate

The $44 billion State Super NSW fund has made its first single-country market investment outside Australia, into an ‘All China’ equities strategy managed by Ninety One. The rare allocation and precise choice of mandate were focused on risk mitigation, according

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New-look Federated Hermes beefs up Australia, Asia

Federated Hermes Investors is sharpening its focus on the Asia Pacific region, with the establishment of a subsidiary in Sydney, with a new head of distribution for Australia and New Zealand, and the recruitment of two new sales directors for

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NZ Super manager reshuffle, insources bonds

by David Chaplin The almost NZ$50 billion (A$46.7 billion) NZ Superannuation Fund has made several changes to its manager line-up and asset allocation over the last year including taking a $1.6 billion bond portfolio in-house. Northern Trust and BlackRock were

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