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How CFS practices the art (and the science) of manager selection

Numbers might give you some comfort but they don’t tell the whole story, according to CFS. To get that, you have to dig a little deeper – and take a lot of meetings.

Lachlan Maddock | 17th Apr 2024 | More
‘Not without its challenges’: How CFS is preparing for a wildly different world

The way super funds make money for their members is going to have to change, according to Colonial First State chief investment officer Jonathan Armitage. But retail funds might prove to have a natural advantage as the whole system shifts into a new gear.

Lachlan Maddock | 11th Oct 2023 | More
‘A moment of truth’ arrives for super mergers

There’s no end in sight for super fund consolidation, and even top performing funds are merging in an effort to keep up. But what gets lost in the debate is what members think of it all.

Lachlan Maddock | 18th Jan 2023 | More
  • Jury back over sustainability and returns

    There has been a growing feeling among investors that sustainability is good – certainly not bad – for returns. Now, following the latest report by Sustainable Platform, there should be no further argument. The analysis, which includes rankings of the top 1,000 performing companies globally, as well as the bottom 1,000, shows that on a…

    Greg Bright | 26th Nov 2021 | More
    Bottom-up quality test for truly global equities

    There is growing concern about the relevance of broad market indices, especially due to their poor reflection of China’s growth. The main concern should probably be managers who hug them. Whether or not it’s the index producers to blame, or managers who are not as active as they claim, an interesting angle on what is…

    Greg Bright | 7th May 2021 | More
    BNY Mellon clings to global lead

    The three largest global custodian banks have enjoyed hefty increases in the total assets under custody and administration in the March quarter as markets continued to rebound. BNY Mellon is still the biggest. BNY Mellon remained the largest in the world, by a whisker, ahead of State Street, but third-placed J.P. Morgan Chase, America’s largest…

    Greg Bright | 23rd Apr 2021 | More
  • Chant West Awards finalists: the winners may be…

    The theme for this year’s Chant West Awards is ‘resilience’. With the big challenges largely thrust upon them – regulatory changes, political sniping and the COVID crisis – the last year has probably been the toughest ever for super funds. A casual observer of the industry, getting most of his or her information on changes…

    Greg Bright | 9th Apr 2021 | More
    Advisers inundated with early release super enquiries

    Strongly divided views about the wisdom of using the early release from superannuation have prompted large numbers of fund members to seek the advice of financial planners. Losing insurance cover, reducing retirement benefits and crystallising losses are the main issues commentators have highlighted. According to AMP’s technical adviser support team, early release of super was…

    Annabelle Dickson | 6th May 2020 | More