Hedge Funds

Learning the ABC of social investing

The nearly ruined ABC Learning childcare empire was saved by a philanthropic consortium, The Good Start. But it wasn’t charity. MIRANDA WARD reports. A consortium of charities, bankers, commercial lawyers, tax experts came together with Social Ventures Australia (SVA) to raise a total $170 million to acquire the bankrupt ABC Learning childcare centres from competing […]
Governance

Funds choose the bluedoor

The first super funds and wealth managers to adopt the Bluedoor administration and registry platform wanted the product to tick every box on their admin software wish list. To win them over, it had to be an integrated product, web-based, able to be customised, and easy to implement. Coming up to three years since the […]
Hedge Funds

Should the funds bet the farm ?

Foreign investors are buying arable land worldwide and Australia is on their radar. Are domestic investors aiming to invest more in agriculture? MIRANDA WARD reports.   Tony Meppem, co-founder of Farmland Investment Management Australia (FIMA), which invests in properties, says opportunities in Australian farmland are “generational”. Our country “ticks all the boxes”. Australia has a […]
Hedge Funds

The redemption of financial innovation

For asset managers, the future of innovation lies in mastering existing strategies before moving on to new ideas, writes MIRANDA WARD.   Pension funds are not optimistic about the future of innovation in the investment industry. According to the influential CREATE-Research Report, Investment Innovations: raising the bar, most pension plans surveyed do not think financial […]
Hedge Funds

Set yourself apart from the herd

A thematic approach to investing could help funds be at the head of the pack by capitalising on tomorrow’s developments rather than the trends of the day. Tim Unger, Towers Watson senior investment consultant and author of the recent report Capturing long-term themes, which explores thematic investing, said while traditional means of constructing portfolios were […]