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Hedge funds: sheep in wolves’ clothing

Hedge funds are sheep in wolves’ clothing, they are claiming their returns to be alpha, but a large part of it is driven by beta, Narayan Naik, professor of finance, London Business School told delegates at an investment think-tank in London this month. The good news, Naik says, is a new era has dawned in […]
Hedge Funds

Brandweiner: value universal ownership

As the Australian superannuation industry and its large players grow, the industry should be rethinking its role in the system from a longer term perspective, said Richard Brandweiner, newly appointed director of investment services at First State Super. Speaking at last week’s ACSI conference in Melbourne in a session on ESG-themed investing, he said his opinion […]
CMSF

Maximising tax efficiency

There have been a number of studies that look at the after-tax returns of investment managers and conclude that for individual taxable investors, most managers do not generate enough excess return to cover the tax bill caused by the resulting capital gains tax. Superannuation funds have a lower tax rate than individuals, but the tax […]
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

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 […]
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