asset consultants

Hedge Funds

Think before jumping back into EM: Sunsuper

Don’t expect economic growth to translate into emerging market equity returns: that’s the warning from one of Australia’s investors as stock valuations begin to look more attractive. Joshua Bloom portfolio manager of Sunsuper described the five years up to 2003 as “quite special” and a boom that could not go on indefinitely into the future. […]
Investment Strategy

What is allowable on investment committees?

Four prominent super fund executives at the AIST Australian Superannuation Investment conference on the Gold Coast discussed best practice and what is allowable on investment committees. One common insight was investment committees making decisions without talking to asset consultants. Each executive gave a candid explanation of their fund’s policies, the key points of which are […]
Administration

STP saves time, risk and cost

Since the advent of mainframes in the financial services sector, the term straight-through processing (STP) has been with us to describe the ongoing integration of the front, middle and back offices, connecting parties to each trade electronically in order to reduce inefficiencies – and risk. By allowing the automatic transfer of information from one part […]
Investment Strategy

William Blair touches down in Oz

Chicago-based William Blair Investment Manager is the latest global asset manager to announce it will set up operations in Australia. William Blair, which manages around US$47 billion across equities, hedge funds and fixed income, has announced the appointment of two-decade industry veteran Alex Francois to head its Australian and New Zealand distribution, which is squarely […]