Australian infrastructure

Unintentional

QIC: fund manager and crown entity

The key offerings from fund manager QIC read like the constituent parts of a stable, inflation-linked income portfolio. There is property and infrastructure, bonds and – for a bit of spice – some absolute-return capabilities. The possibilities are not lost. So while many are busy philosophising about how to invest in retirement, QIC believes it […]
Hedge Funds

Ridout: not enough infrastructure projects

It’s a shortage of projects, not capital, that’s impairing Australian infrastructure, according to AustralianSuper chair Heather Ridout. Speaking at the Australian Centre for Financial Studies’ Funding Australia’s Future Forum, she said industry superannuation funds are best placed to invest in Australia’s infrastructure. “Industry funds are ideal vehicles because we have a relatively more passive investor […]
Investment Strategy

AMP: Infrastructure deal flow limited

Institutional investors’ insatiable appetite for infrastructure assets is being curbed by limited deal flow, according to Paul Foster, head of infrastructure for Australia and New Zealand at AMP Capital. Foster, who was a speaker at the recent Financial Services Council’s conference, described Australian superannuation funds as “rightfully agnostic” when it came to domestic versus offshore […]
Investment Strategy

Opposition to kick-start annuity market

If elected in September, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey says he will encourage the issuance of longer dated government debt in a move to kick-start an Australian annuity market. Longer term index-linked government securities would create a good match for the risk a financial services company takes on when it promises to pay a retiree a […]
Investment Strategy

Top Australian managers named

Australian infrastructure and real estate managers are strongly competing for global capital to manage, featuring prominently in a list of top managers ranked as part of Towers Watson’s Global Alternatives Survey 2012. The survey ranks the top 100 asset managers by assets under management, with Macquarie Group’s infrastructure arm being knocked from its number-one spot […]