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Small funds defy the odds in the world of bigger is better

Some of super’s best performers this year are also its smallest, and new research from Frontier finds that asset allocation is more influential than size and scale when it comes to generating alpha.

Lachlan Maddock | 2nd Sep 2022 | More
Why Frontier wants to be big in Japan

Until now, Japanese funds have largely been bond and cash investors. As they expand into real assets, Frontier wants to own that consulting niche.

Lachlan Maddock | 3rd Aug 2022 | More
‘You need to think with a fresh sheet of paper’: super grapples with size

As the super funds race towards massive size, the sector is still grappling with the positives and negatives for investments and culture. The age of the giga-fund will soon be upon us, coming right on the heels of the age of the mega-fund. But for the industry’s race towards massive size, the benefits of massive…

Lachlan Maddock | 13th May 2022 | More
  • Alpha awaits in activist strategies: Frontier

    It’s a truth universally acknowledged that equity market returns are likely to be muted going forward. But salvation might arrive in the form of domestic activist strategies. “From a timing perspective, we think the forward-looking environment presents a much more challenging return outlook for equity investors given the extended low interest rate and bull market…

    Lachlan Maddock | 30th Mar 2022 | More
    ‘Bright lines’ and member outcomes: the heat is on

    Your Future Your Super (YFYS) is meant to improve member outcomes. But Frontier’s latest research suggests that the performance test is in dire need of tweaking if it’s to fulfil that goal. Frontier’s latest research – “The heat is on – superannuation fund performance in 2021” – aims to answer the question of whether the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 16th Mar 2022 | More
    US mega-cap dominance drags active managers: Frontier

    Active managers are more sensitive than ever to valuation risk. But in recent times it’s been a case of “go big or go home.” In recent years, Frontier has noted a narrowing in the breadth of US equity market return drivers, and short-term extremes of the same, with just a handful of tech mega-cap stocks…

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Feb 2022 | More
  • Frontier wins GESB contract

    Frontier Advisors has nabbed a contract with Western Australia’s Government Employee’s Superannuation Board (GESB). Frontier Advisors has won a $12.2 million multi-year contract with GESB, replacing incumbent consultant JANA Investment Advisers. Frontier will provide “tailored investment advice to help the Government Employees Superannuation Fund meet its investment objectives; insights on financial market opportunities and risks;…

    Lachlan Maddock | 21st Jan 2022 | More
    Manager biases impair predictive capabilities

    Fund managers are subject to behavioural biases like all of us, such as over-confidence, short-termism and memory distortions. Take their predictive abilities. They are not, on average, especially good. In a unique report for clients, Frontier has published what amounts to a longitudinal study based on eight years of conversations, surveys and other communications with…

    Greg Bright | 3rd Dec 2021 | More
  • Mega funds start mopping up

    The trend towards super consolidation is continuing apace, but there will be fewer mega mergers. It’s now just a matter of mopping up. Mega fund mergers are likely to slow as boards realise the “significant transition planning and integration activity” required to pull them off – but the established mega funds will continue to gobble…

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th Nov 2021 | More
    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
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