Smith is head of content and managing editor of Professional Planner and Investment Magazine. He is an experienced financial journalist, editor and multimedia producer who has held senior editorial positions both in mainstream press and trade media. He has also worked with large finance and investment companies, both in-house and as a consultant, devising media-style digital content strategies. His knowledge and contacts, both in Australia and overseas, including in the US, bring to intermediary and end-investor audiences an institution-level understanding of financial markets, regulation, advice and business structures. Smith will be leveraging his digital media experience to engage, educate and inform Conexus audiences.
MLC has been dialing up its exposure to private equity over the past 12 months, something the group's CIO Jonathan Armitage expects will continue as the market dislocation throws up more opportunities to diversify away from public markets.
Matthew SmithAugust 17, 2020
Impact analysis for real assets and the building out of a new benchmarking framework for carbon emissions are two internal projects that will bring a deeper ESG focus to the soon-to-be rebranded fund's investment team.
Matthew SmithJuly 29, 2020
Many of the major themes and trends that dominated financial markets before COVID-19 disrupted financial markets and economies still endure today, according to John Pearce, with 'financial repression' among the most notable. Although there have been some exceptions.
Matthew SmithJuly 27, 2020
Investors are facing some deeper thinking about defensive asset classes, portfolio diversification and income generation in light of the diminished attributes bonds now hold in light of unique circumstances financial markets are throwing up. Experts discuss the evolving environment and consider relevant defensive strategies.
Matthew SmithJuly 27, 2020
A proposal, released on Thursday for industry consultation, suggests a scoring system to help map unlisted assets to appropriate growth/defensive scores as part of its plan to create asset category standardisation.
Matthew SmithJuly 22, 2020
Funds will be watching closely recent deals that consolidate back office and investment operations but preserve brand and team identities as more shared service tie-ups get aired with boards.
Matthew SmithJuly 20, 2020
Changing the default system was subject of the Productivity Commission review and has remained on the government’s plan in parallel with the ‘best in show’ and APRA’s heat map concepts designed to put a spotlight on underperforming funds.
Matthew SmithJuly 14, 2020