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The new ESG war won’t last

The war on ESG rages anew after a rollercoaster 2022, but its detractors won’t win the fight. And as ESG matures, the future of passive index-tracking strategies is shaky.

Lachlan Maddock | 30th Nov 2022 | More
Sovereign wealth funds tap external managers for private markets payday

Sovereign wealth funds have hit pause on their internalisation programs as they discover that they aren’t naturals at private markets investing. And inflation and geopolitics are driving allocations to a broad range of alternative assets.

Lachlan Maddock | 24th Nov 2022 | More
Why US equities will weather the storm (and come back better than ever)

In the madness of the last nine months, optimism has become a contrarian position. But there’s still plenty to be optimistic about in US equities.

Lachlan Maddock | 26th Oct 2022 | More
  • Summers’ sober view on nukes, Cathie Wood and the ‘somewhere people’

    For all the risks that lie up ahead, the market is pricing very few of them in. But the situation in the United Kingdom should be a warning to investors of the “accidents” that may come.

    Lachlan Maddock | 12th Oct 2022 | More
    Think the unthinkable at the end of the WEIRD world

    As the fog of uncertainty creeps back in, Australia’s biggest investors are uncertain about where the next risk will emerge. It’s time to think about the unthinkable.

    Lachlan Maddock | 15th Jun 2022 | More
    Unpredictable, not uninvestable: emerging markets no lost Paradice

    As Paradice’s emerging market equities strategy hits its three-year anniversary, the outlook for the asset class has never been more uncertain. But the local institutional appetite is voracious.

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th May 2022 | More
  • ‘We can’t blow up our own mandate’: caution needed on transition  

    The recent surge in demand for fossil fuels doesn’t mean the green energy revolution is dead. But investors need to proceed with caution lest they lose their mandate to manage the transition. There are two schools of thought on what Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means for fossil fuel production and consumption. Either it will hasten…

    Lachlan Maddock | 27th Apr 2022 | More
    Big super faces into a ‘piecemeal WWIII’

    Australia’s superannuation funds are now parking member money further and further away from their old backyard. But a more divisive world presents them with challenges they’ve not faced before. It’s perhaps unsurprising that the opening of ASFA’s 2022 conference was dominated by conversations usually reserved for the war room. The rapid divestment from Russia –…

    Lachlan Maddock | 27th Apr 2022 | More
  • Institutional investors weather the great rethink

    A “dramatic and sobering” first quarter has seen institutions re-think everything from ESG to hedge funds as the job of investing becomes harder in a more dangerous world. Recent surveys of global institutions have unearthed an increasingly gloomy outlook from our biggest investors as they scrutinise the new inflation paradigm and a more multi-polar geopolitical…

    Lachlan Maddock | 13th Apr 2022 | More
    Guard against ‘unintended consequences’ of Ukraine: BCA

    The fight in Ukraine is unlikely to spill over into a shooting war between Russia and the NATO countries. That doesn’t mean impossible, and investors “should absolutely worry about unintended consequences.” For the last month or so, investors have been reading the entrails of a beast they’re broadly unfamiliar with – geopolitics – to determine…

    Lachlan Maddock | 31st Mar 2022 | More