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‘Pacific money, Pacific investments’: How Cook Islands Super is investing for its future

Australian super funds can probably learn a bit about retirement from the tiny, adaptable Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund. And a host of Pacific funds are also working on their own collaborative approach to investing in the region.

Lachlan Maddock | 19th Apr 2023 | More
Active adds value, but costs more controllable: CEM

The passive versus active debate rages on, but it turns out that active management is worth something after all: 16 basis points per year, to be exact.

David Chaplin | 19th Apr 2023 | More
  • External mandates trend up for NZ Super

    The NZ Superannuation Fund (NZS) moved into trend-following and struck a real asset deal with a Dutch pension giant among a dozen new external mandates inked last year.

    David Chaplin | 14th Apr 2023 | More
    ‘So many, and so unseen’: Women in Super champions neurodiversity

    Neurodiversity is poorly understood in the world of finance. Women in Super and neurodiversity advocates are pushing for that to change.

    Lachlan Maddock | 12th Apr 2023 | More
  • Bigger isn’t (always) better: The final words on fund size

    Big and small funds alike can do well for their members, and what’s more important than size is how they use it. But the risks of having a highly concentrated industry have been “underplayed”, according to ANU academic Geoff Warren.

    Lachlan Maddock | 5th Apr 2023 | More
    Funds back alts for a brand new investment environment

    Australian institutional investors are plotting increased allocations to alternatives and rethinking geopolitical risk, according to Nuveen.

    Lachlan Maddock | 29th Mar 2023 | More
    Why the Fed won’t blink (and private equity might break)

    Investors holding out for a monetary policy hero will have to keep holding out. And as regulators put out spot fires in the global banking system, they’ll need to reckon with the new behemoths they’ve made.

    Lachlan Maddock | 29th Mar 2023 | More
    No weaseling out for Weaven in his own words

    Garry Weaven’s collected writings offer a fascinating history of both the industry fund movement and one of its key architects – and a warning not to stick with the pack.

    Lachlan Maddock | 24th Mar 2023 | More
    Investors have thrown ‘the baby out with the bathwater’ in emerging markets

    As hot air escapes the developed markets, unloved and unglamorous emerging markets are in the box seat once more. This time, it’s about more than the growth story.

    Staff Writer | 24th Mar 2023 | More
  • Why it’s time for super to speak with a single voice

    There’s too many associations around, and the proposed tie-up between the AIST and ISA could bring super closer to a single voice at a time when it needs it more than ever. The problem is what that voice might say.

    Lachlan Maddock | 22nd Mar 2023 | More
    It’s not the GFC, but investors are ‘career-ing’ into liquidation

    It isn’t 2008 all over again, but dismissing the broader risks of SVB’s demise would be a mistake for investors, writes Ruffer CIO Henry Maxey.

    Henry Maxey | 17th Mar 2023 | More
    Why we’re ‘thundering towards the cliff’ of systemic risk  

    Systemic risk is difficult for investors to grasp because it’s no big deal – until it is. And unless investors adopt a “vastly different” mindset about pricing, it’s going to get a lot worse.

    Lachlan Maddock | 15th Mar 2023 | More