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Australian Retirement Trust, QIC go big on affordable housing

Australian Retirement Trust (ART) and QIC are continuing the trend of big funds investing in affordable housing, working in conjunction with community housing provider Brisbane Housing Company. Australian Retirement Trust (ART) has partnered with QIC to finance new social and affordable housing supply in Queensland. Up to 1200 homes will be delivered by the partnership,…

Lachlan Maddock | 27th Jul 2022 | More
Funds rewarded by active management in a tough year

Super fund members have been “spared the worst”, while the outperformance of the top ten funds was generated by active management and chunky allocations to private markets. As one commentator noted, it will likely be looked back upon as the year that showed up the Barefoot Investor. The super funds that have significantly outperformed this…

Lachlan Maddock | 20th Jul 2022 | More
Funds eye a ‘polar vortex’ of volatility

We’re now living through the end of a three or four decade long secular trend, and the strategies that have worked for super funds might no longer be as effective. But that’s what makes the job fun. It’s not taken long for big investors to come to terms with what’s happening in the markets. While…

Lachlan Maddock | 15th Jun 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
    ‘You want to be on the right side of it’: State Street prepares for a post-YFYS world

    As merger activity continues apace, State Street – armed with its “unique” front-to-back solution – intends to take a dominant position as custodian of choice for the biggest end of town. The super industry and its custodians are now exiting a period of relative stability. The number of funds has more than halved in the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Mar 2022 | More
    Big super gets its Russia marching orders, but selling isn’t simple

    Plenty of big super funds have announced their intention to dump their Russian assets, and the government wants them to. But saying do svidanya is harder than they thought. From a certain angle, there’s a lot of Russia in the super system. Once ruled by unapologetic socialists, they’ve both become capitalistic in the aftermath of…

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th Mar 2022 | More