Investment Strategy

The custodian of the future is already here

In the so-called Year of Big Data, the “custodian of the future” is already here and working in the Australian market, according to Northern Trust country head, Rohan Singh. Singh, whose firm has $140 billion under custody and administration across Australasia, says that custody has already changed from a commodity to a value-added service, and […]
Investment Strategy

Survey: concern about regulators grows

There is growing concern about government regulation among fund managers globally, a recent survey by Towers Watson has revealed. According to the annual Global Survey on Investment and Economic Expectations, fielded in November to December last year, more than half the investment managers surveyed see government intervention as the most relevant issue over the next […]
Investment Strategy

CPI plus for retirees

Colonial First State Global Asset Management (CFSGAM) has launched a new objective fund targeting Australia’s retirement market. The CPI Plus Fund targets a return of the CPI plus 4.5 per cent over a rolling five-year period, and addresses longevity issues by offering a perpetuity solution. Head of CFSGAM’s global investment solutions group, Joe Fernandes, says […]
Investment Strategy

The new normal in investment management

In order to be bullish about their businesses, most investment managers need to take a long-term view. Globalisation, which involves the further integration of financial markets and economies, should promote the growth of pools of organised savings over the next decade or two. Because of ageing populations in developed and developing countries, demand for retirement-savings […]
Investment Strategy

Eaton Vance, Hexavest launch global fund

Boston-based investment manager Eaton Vance, which established a new Australian office late last year, has launched a global equity fund in the Australian market targeting institutional investors. Eaton Vance is offering the Eaton Vance (Australia) Hexavest All-Country Global Equity Fund, which is managed through the firm’s new 49-per-cent interest, Montreal-based manager Hexavest. Industry superannuation fund, […]
Investment Strategy

IAC: transparency and efficiency amid change

Transparency and efficiency amid industry change was the focus of last week’s 2013 Investment Administration Conference, held in Sydney. John Brogden, chief executive officer of the Financial Services Council closed proceedings with a keynote address on the state of the nation, discussing the potential outlook for financial services and the roles of its players. Pierre […]
Investment Strategy

Research favours moderate risk, diversified portfolio

When the prospective real return from a traditional 60/40 equities-and-bonds portfolio is less than half the level it has been for the past several decades, investors had better start to think about new ways to generate better performance. Cliff Asness, founding and managing partner of the US-based fund manager AQR Research, said the return from […]
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