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Frontier shines more light into manager shadows

Difficult to define and more difficult still to measure, the culture of any organisation is widely regarded as having a major impact on performance. Funds management is no exception. Asset consultant Frontier has this year been striving to add some detail and colour to the picture to help its clients, and itself, in the process…

Greg Bright | 15th Oct 2021 | More
FSC sees petty politics in proxy fight

The Financial Services Council (FSC) fought to keep its submission on the proposed proxy advice reforms confidential for fear it would “play out in the media”. The FSC’s submission to Treasury on its proposed proxy advice reforms has been kept confidential despite a freedom of information request for its release, with the FSC concerned that…

Lachlan Maddock | 15th Oct 2021 | More
  • Howard Marks on value/growth: forget the terms

    Howard Marks, one of the investment world’s more celebrated investors, has added his voice to other celebrated investors in decrying continued use of the terms ‘value’ and ‘growth’. The co-founder and co-chair of Oaktree Capital Management, Los Angeles-based, predominantly fixed income and credit strategies, firm addressed the opening session of the CFA Societies Australia conference,…

    Greg Bright | 15th Oct 2021 | More
    Shares to offer lukewarm returns in hot times

    Dutch asset management giant, Robeco, tips a mainly positive, if subdued, outlook for equities over the next five years but with a high degree of uncertainty ahead in a decade it dubs the ‘Roasting Twenties’. In its new five-year forecast returns paper, Robeco says “we expect risk-taking to be rewarded in the next five years,…

    David Chaplin | 8th Oct 2021 | More
  • The rise and fall (and rise and fall) of thematic investing

    The 2020s are set to be the years of thematic investing – but so were the early 2000s. And the more things change, the more they stay the same. One of the problems in thematic investing is figuring out what’s a theme and what’s just plain old trendy. But that problem is also a problem…

    Lachlan Maddock | 8th Oct 2021 | More
    Pessimism and optimism swirl in deep water waves

    Kim Catechis says he was not pessimistic when he wrote ‘Deep Water Waves’, his first major strategy report for investors through the Franklin Templeton Investment Institute. The report, published in August, sparked a series of discussions within and outside the Franklin Templeton group. If one of these is a guide, from an investor webinar held…

    Greg Bright | 8th Oct 2021 | More
    Why super mergers are like marriages

    The first thing funds usually consider in a merger is cost to member – but that won’t necessarily be what leaves them better off. The trick is getting the alignment right. According to David Carruthers, senior consultant and head of the members solutions group at Frontier, the top priority for any fund considering a merger…

    Lachlan Maddock | 8th Oct 2021 | More
    Delaney: Size creeps up on you (but venture capital stays the same)

    As AustralianSuper continues to grow, Mark Delaney is focusing his attention on the burgeoning private markets space and the problem of culture in megafund land. “Size can creep up on you. You stand still, and all of a sudden you’re bigger than what you think you are. I first started managing pension money 20 years…

    Lachlan Maddock | 8th Oct 2021 | More
    S&P uncovers ‘index effect’ disappearing act

    Investors looking to arbitrage index ins-and-outs would have seen shrinking rewards for their efforts over the last 25 years based on the findings of a new S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&PDJI) paper. The S&P study found a “structural decline” in the so-called ‘index effect’ where share prices bounce up on entering key market benchmarks and…

    David Chaplin | 1st Oct 2021 | More
  • The great crypto debate

    Bitcoin’s volatility means that institutional investors have historically steered well clear. But the times are a-changing, and even skeptics believe the cryptocurrency will have its day. Cryptocurrency is clearly here to stay. While most investors watch its massive price swings with bemused detachment, a few have begun to think seriously about the role they can…

    Lachlan Maddock | 1st Oct 2021 | More
    Winners and losers in the new great game

    China’s regulatory crackdown is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to investing in Asia. The real game is geopolitics – and in that area, things are heating up. “I think Asia will probably look better as we move into 2022. I think the remainder of 2021 is really about timing of entry;…

    Lachlan Maddock | 1st Oct 2021 | More
    Fund returns and the tyranny of expectations

    The problem with high expectations is that you have to keep meeting them. And after a year where some funds returned 20 per cent, investors and super members are expecting more, more, more. Investors are relentlessly cheerful creatures. According to Schroders’ latest Global Investor Study, Australian investors (defined here as those expecting to invest the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 1st Oct 2021 | More
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