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Restrained on ESG, but big funds chase impact

The Your Future Your Super (YFYS) performance test will likely harm ESG outcomes, but funds are increasingly considering impact as a sustainable investment weapon of choice. It’s unseasonably cold weather in the Gold Coast, as anybody on the street will tell you. Their winter is supposed to be a month away, but the puffer jackets…

Lachlan Maddock | 15th Jun 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
Emmi appoints new COO

Carbon analytics fintech Emmi has appointed a chief operations officer as it onboards a slew of new super fund and consulting clients. Rebecca Bannan, who was previously Emmi’s head of strategy and operations, will step into the role of chief operations officer. Bannan, a chartered financial analyst, was previously investment director for strategic advisory at…

Staff Writer | 25th Feb 2022 | More
  • Big super turns to ‘the Excel of carbon’ – but beware the ‘house of cards’

    Michael Lebbon wants to create carbon data that’s as ubiquitous as Uber. But he believes that too much consolidation in the still nascent industry risks creating a dangerous game of follow the leader. “I’ve never wanted to work in pure finance; it didn’t sit well with me,” says Michael Lebbon, CEO of carbon data startup…

    Lachlan Maddock | 10th Dec 2021 | More
    Why the super party might be over

    Strong super returns are about to encounter significant headwinds. And with the government prowling for more money, funds might once again foot the bill. It’s no secret that market conditions have been enormously supportive over the last decade – and that super has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of those conditions, particularly through 2020,…

    Lachlan Maddock | 26th Nov 2021 | More
    Australia’s role in Martin Currie emerging markets journey

    There’s perhaps only one thing more satisfying for the business people who run big funds management firms than organic growth, and that’s to reward the trust of long-term clients. Around the 10th anniversary of the Martin Currie Global Emerging Markets team, three of the crucial players behind the success of the strategy have reflected on…

    Greg Bright | 28th Oct 2021 | More
  • Trustees take the gloves off over ESG

    Events of the past two years have led to many changes. In the investment world, perhaps none is more apparent than a new level of activism by pension funds. Managers and investee companies beware. At a plenary session at last week’s PRI Digital Conference (October 18-21), ‘Fund Governance for the Next Generation’, representatives of three…

    Greg Bright | 22nd Oct 2021 | More
    Net Zero and other damage in YFYS test

    With complaints about its efficacy still reverberating through the super industry, the YFYS performance test is to be extended next year to cover certain member investment options. Sustainability will be a big loser. Having delivered its first-year test results last month (August 31), the Treasury-instigated APRA-implemented test for big super funds found that the MySuper…

    Greg Bright | 17th Sep 2021 | More
  • Climate: where long-termism meets the short term

    Supported by record retail inflows, ESG-focused investing has, finally, become ‘the norm’, according to panelists at least two of the sessions at last week’s (August 31-September 2) AIST ASI conference. But one of the interesting, most recent, trends within this trend, is how climate change action and inaction has given a very short-term focus to…

    Greg Bright | 3rd Sep 2021 | More
    … as Debby Blakey joins ICGN board

    Debby Blakey, the chief executive of HESTA, has joined the board of the International Corporate Governance Network, the overarching global body representing asset owners for the advancement of good governance. The prestigious appointment follows her other industry directorships at FEAL, ACSI and ASI. Hers was one of three appointments at ICGN announced last week (August…

    Greg Bright | 3rd Sep 2021 | More