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ESG impacts fund managers’ future

The flow of money into ‘dedicated sustainable investing’ will accelerate over the next four years, with global assets hitting US$13 trillion (A$17.8 trillion) by 2050. But there are steep hurdles for fund managers hoping to take part. According to a study by Casey Quirk, a US-based Deloitte business, the four-fold predicted increase from the US$2.8…

Greg Bright | 23rd Jul 2021 | More
Missing the rally wasn’t Magellan’s biggest mistake

Failing to take advantage of the recovery trade looks bad. But with Alibaba, Magellan missed a risk you could see from space. Hamish Douglass, Magellan chairman and chief investment officer, has been much maligned in recent months for something that’s probably his fault but not actually his problem: missing the market rally in late 2020….

Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Jul 2021 | More
  • “Sometimes super is not the answer”: Fryer

    Trustees need to be wary of seeing everything through the lens of super, according to Chant West’s Ian Fryer. Engaging with controversial ideas around its uses can be a boon for member outcomes. As the big banks and their superannuation products copped a hiding in the Hayne royal commission , the rivers of gold correspondingly…

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Jul 2021 | More
    ‘Pre-mortems’ key to YFYS test

    Trustees should consider “pre-mortem” stress tests and a whole of portfolio approach to the YFYS performance benchmarks to avoid underperformance, according to Willis Towers Watson (WTW). Jonathan Grigg, WTW director for investments, says avoiding test failure will be a high priority for funds, but not one that can override the obligation to act in members’…

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Jul 2021 | More
  • How Mainstream proved its true value on a world stage

    To most market observers, Mainstream Group shareholders struck the jackpot with the takeover battle for the company. While happy with the result, it was not quite like that for the three founders. Judged on a world stage, they believe, the final $415 million bid represents about fair value. Sure, they recommended a lower bid worth…

    Greg Bright | 16th Jul 2021 | More
    Merger race already won

    There is a growing fear that the post-YFYS landscape will be dominated by a handful of megafunds, with competition – and differentiated member outcomes – disappearing.Super funds are about to experience a quick and bloody cull. With the first underperformance results expected on September 1, and letters to be sent out soon after advising members…

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Jul 2021 | More
    How to address the net-zero challenges

    With 128 fund managers having signed up for the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative commitments, one of them has spelled out just how difficult the path to net zero will be for both managers and investors. Martin Currie, the global equities manager, says in a report published last week (July 15), ‘Quantifying Decarbonisation’, that it…

    Greg Bright | 16th Jul 2021 | More
    Inflation concerns over ESG

    They are two hot topics of analyses in the investment world. What is not so well known is that the coming round of inflation will likely be exacerbated by ESG strategies. The obvious element to cause a spike in prices in many areas comes from the fight against climate change. But it is not only…

    Greg Bright | 16th Jul 2021 | More
    Alternatives may benefit from ESG and inflation

    Every cloud has a silver lining. Alternatives may benefit from both the trend to ESG strategies and the extra inflationary pressures which ensue, according to the mid-year outlook from Franklin Templeton. Two of Franklin Templeton’s affiliate managers, Clarion Partners and ClearBridge Investors, say in the outlook report that accelerating growth and reflationary environment will benefit…

    Greg Bright | 16th Jul 2021 | More
  • BlackRock questions new world order

    The asset management colossus believes three key themes will shape a post-covid world of rising climate risk and extraordinary economic imbalances. Ben Powell, the chief investment strategist for Asia Pacific at BlackRock’s Investment Institute in Singapore, said: “To state the obvious, the last 18 months have been rather unusual. It hasn’t been a normal slowdown…

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Jul 2021 | More
    Better governance helps Japanese market

    While Japan has long been anathema to western investors, a series of corporate governance reforms are fueling renewed interest in the country. Japan’s status as a technologically advanced country with a happy, healthy population has long belied its stagnating economy and uncompetitive corporate landscape that has seen a slow grind downwards for markets since the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Jul 2021 | More
    Asian financials face ‘slow death’ unless they innovate

    While Asian financials will benefit from the world’s fastest growing middle-class, they also face massive headwinds from fintech disruptors and the looming threat of central bank digital currencies. Asian financials are still an important sector for investors and one that is poised to benefit from the region’s emerging middle-class and greater wealth accumulation in developed…

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Jul 2021 | More
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