Unintentional

This is the final edition of I&T News

All publishers regularly review the relevance of their titles, and all are trying to make sense of the combined effects of the global financial crisis, an advertising recession and the digital revolution. We are not the first and we will not be the last to rationalise our product line-up as a result. But at Conexus […]
Investment Strategy

Diversification pulls up Perpetual

It might only have $100 million under management, but Perpetual’s Diversified Real Return Fund has a major role to play in the future of the fund manager as it rebounds from recent turmoil. Perpetual’s roller coaster ride is well known in the industry. The $1.2 billion that walked out the door when John Sevior left […]
Investment Strategy

William Blair’s positive outlook

American fund manager William Blair has named its top-three investment themes for 2013, nominating attractive valuations in China, the US domestic housing market and the stabilisation of the European financial sector as the stories to watch. Executives from the Chicago-based firm, which has a 70-plus-year history in investment markets, were in Australia in February to […]
Investment Strategy

Tailored mandates win for TGM

The Brisbane-based Tactical Global Management (TGM) won more than $4.2 billion of new mandates in the last quarter of 2012 and has picked up a global “excellence in investment management” award in recognition of its services. The mandates included a $4-billion rebalancing overlay, a $200-million currency overlay and a smaller beta-transfer mandate, each tailored to […]
Investment Strategy

“Outcome-oriented” investment solutions

An environment of low prospective investment returns and relatively high volatility demands more refined, “outcome-oriented” investment solutions, according to the global chief investment officer of Russell Investments, Pete Gunning. Institutional investors and financial planning firms, Gunning says, need to have at their disposal a far wider range of investment options – “componentry”, in Russell’s terms […]
Investment Strategy

Coming soon: emerging-market local-currency debt

Emerging-market debt is one of the 2013’s key themes, but one of the most promising components of the asset class – local-currency corporate debt – has yet to appear on the radar screens of many investors. That is the view from global fund manager PineBridge Investments, two managers who were in Australia in February for […]
Investment Strategy

AvSuper mandate for Perpetual

The aviation industry-based superannuation fund AvSuper has awarded a $75-million mandate to Perpetual Investments, to be managed in a concentrated Australian equity strategy. AvSuper has about $1.4 billion in funds under management and 6100 members. The concentrated equity strategy is managed by Paul Skamvougeras, who says the concentrated equity portfolio typically holds about 30 stocks. […]
Investment Strategy

2013: another 3D feature

A year ago, in early 2012, the global economy was healing gradually. Growth rates in the developed world and some emerging markets were well below the long-term averages, if not actually negative. Investor confidence was fragile, with sentiment overshadowed by concerns over the banking system and public finance in the euro area. So, what has […]
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