Catholic by name, catholic by nature

In his seventh year as chair of Catholic Super in Victoria, Peter Bugden can comfortably say he’s witnessed notable growth in the fund. What first began in 1971 as a niche offering to Catholic school employees is now an Australia-wide public offer fund, with around $5 billion under management following a period of growth – […]
Investment Strategy

BlackRock bolsters fixed income team

Growth in the volume of fixed income funds managed by BlackRock in Australia has seen the firm’s Singapore-based head of Asia-Pacific portfolio management, Michael Prljaca, join the manager’s fixed income team based in Sydney. Prljaca will report directly to BlackRock’s head of indexed and enhanced portfolio management, Craig Vardy. BlackRock currently manages about $11 billion […]
Investment Strategy

Ascalon unchanged as Landman departs

The imminent departure of Andrew Landman from Ascalon Capital Management is not expected to lead to any significant change in strategy by the Westpac-owned boutique-asset-manager holding company. Ascalon has stakes in nine boutique managers and remains a key component in Westpac’s asset management operations, sitting alongside Advance Asset Management (which offers multi-manager products), BT Investment […]
Investment Strategy

Heard and David join Schroders

Schroders has announced the appointment of David Heard and Ray David as equity analysts within the Australian equities team. Both will report to Justin Halliwell, head of research and commence their roles in late July 2012. The appointments restore the size of the Schroders Australian equities team to 13 portfolio managers, analysts and traders. The […]
Investment Strategy

Trollip to Towers Watson

Towers Watson has bolstered its research ranks, adding Ben Trollip to its Australian fixed-income team. Trollip will join the Australian team as an investment-research consultant focusing on manager research. He was previously with Towers Watson-affiliate in New Zealand, actuarial consultancy Melville Jessup Weaver, where he has worked since 2004. Graeme Miller, Towers Watson’s director of […]