Citi

Custody

NAB Asset Servicing shifts from BNY to Citi

National Australia Bank Asset Servicing is in the process of switching its global custodian partnership from BNY Mellon to Citi. The move follows a period of disruption at Australia’s largest local custodian that have seen management changes, an aborted sale of the business and the loss of many major clients including Cbus and Unisuper. Former […]
Hedge Funds

Housing: super’s next frontier

Joe Hockey’s proposal on housing is politically popular and the industry shouldn’t “kid itself” about this warned Nick Sherry, senior advisor of superannuation and pensions at Citi and former superannuation minister. One of the few asset classes in Australia that has not been commoditised by the funds management industry is residential housing, and if funds […]
Hedge Funds

VicSuper’s gulf between global and domestic equities to grow

VicSuper’s unusually large bias to international equities is set to grow over structural and cyclical concerns on the Australian economy. The $14 billion fund has 32 per cent of assets in global equities, 18 per cent in Australian equities and 11.5 per cent in emerging market equities. The third annual Casey Quirk/ Top 1000 funds […]
Investment Strategy

2014 – the hardest year yet for compliance

Those helping super funds to manage their investment data report an industry groaning under the weight of more compliance than it has ever faced before. Providers say the cost of increased workloads and systems build will be passed back to members, while opportunity costs are being incurred from the holding up of innovation. DST Global […]
Hedge Funds

MySuper: retail funds yet to pounce

Some retail providers have deliberately held back their MySuper applications so as to differentiate themselves from industry funds, an analyst has claimed. Nigel Pittaway, managing director insurance and diversified financials research, Citi Research, said retail providers were under pressure as they were having to squeeze margins to compete with the low fees of industry funds, […]
Policy and Regulation

Sherry warns of SMSF risk

The licensing of accountants to provide advice to SMSFs will help counter to the unreasonable leakage of superannuation members from funds, according to Nick Sherry, consultant at Citi. “There are far too many SMSFs that are sub-economic, that the operational costs cannot be justified. I see a level of mis-selling around property investment and I […]
Unintentional

In the minds of super trustees

What is bothering trustees? Investment Magazine conducted an online poll that attracted a substantial and impassioned response, with several respondents sending us emails in addition to the poll pointing out the absence of climate change and hedging to avoid the climate bubble in the choices given below. Another put forward environmental and social governance issues […]
Investment Strategy

NAB Asset Servicing wins two more mandates

National Australia Bank’s Asset Servicing business continues to win mandates from mid-ranking fund managers with the announcement of two new contracts with investment manager, Atrium Investment Management, and Fitzpatrick Private Wealth. NAB AS will provide administrative services to Atrium, a Sydney based multi-asset manager with just over $600 million in funds under management. Fitzpatricks is […]
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