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‘So obviously should happen’: ISPT, IFM Investors mull merger

Industry super fund owned IFM Investors and ISPT are exploring a merger at the request of their shareholders amidst a challenging outlook for commercial property.

Lachlan Maddock | 2nd Jun 2023 | More
Funds must guard against ‘partisan noise’, watch for global opportunities: IFM

There’s “nothing sinister” about funds taking advantage of government incentives to enhance returns for members, according to IFM. And when it comes to those funds heading offshore, “culture eats strategy”.

Lachlan Maddock | 22nd Mar 2023 | More
‘Focus on the big game’ to stay competitive

Traditional portfolio construction might be dead. But that doesn’t mean there’s no way to beat inflation, even as investors anticipate it will continue to rise and fall over the next decade.

Lachlan Maddock | 24th Feb 2023 | More
  • Citi seeks super growth in private markets

    Consolidation among superannuation clients is changing the nature of Citi’s business with them, and increased appetite for nation-building in Australia means plenty of opportunities in private markets.

    Lachlan Maddock | 5th Aug 2022 | More
    Why big super is doing infrastructure wrong

    The money that industry super funds are spending on buying renewables would be better spent building them, according to Quinbrook. But there’s plenty of challengers for that view. The fresh interest in renewable infrastructure from industry funds has come with plenty of caveats. One of the major problems is finding investment opportunities at scale, while…

    Lachlan Maddock | 28th Oct 2021 | More
    Super takes lead on post-Covid M&A

    Cashed-up industry funds are expected to be leaders leader in post-pandemic M&A activity as investors begin to see the light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel. While Fidelity anticipates that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a structural shift in consumer and market behaviour, the increased certainty provided by reopening means that M&A activity will…

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Sep 2021 | More
  • Funds spar with government over unlisted assets

    Super funds may soon be forced to reveal internal valuations for unlisted assets. But the lesson from the Future Fund is that the new regulations aren’t in anybody’s best interests. While much of government’s recent focus has been on implementing the “Your Future Your Super” performance test, super funds could also soon be subject to…

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Sep 2021 | More
    Tandem lands IFM in Wilson’s crosshairs

    The collapse of an investee company has seen IFM hauled before the standing committee on economics. The bigger issue is how a fund manager keeps commercial matters confidential in Parliament. The hot topic at Thursday’s (29 July) hearing of the standing committee on economics was Tandem, a workplace contractor and IFM investee that has now…

    Lachlan Maddock | 30th Jul 2021 | More
  • AMP’s social infrastructure purchase pays off

    AMP Capital’s purchase of a small social infrastructure fund from the Royal Bank of Scotland 10 years ago has become a rare beacon of hope for the troubled manager riding an ESG trend and the search for stability in an uncertain world. The AMP Capital Community Infrastructure Fund, known internally as CommIF, now has 19…

    Investor Strategy News | 20th Nov 2020 | More