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Investment Strategy

Active managers flourish in near ideal conditions

Jana Advisers has seen three quarter of its recommended active equity managers outperform against their benchmarks over the past year. Steven Carew, head of research at the firm, says the success rate of 75-80 per cent is attributable to near ideal conditions for stock pickers. “The dispersion between and within markets is quite wide so […]
Hedge Funds

ACSI a testing ground for Australian business ideas

Super fund corporate governance know-how is increasingly being used by Australian companies to test commercial ideas, according to Gordon Hagart,  head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk management at the Future Fund. Hagart, pictured right, was speaking in advance of assuming the role of chief executive of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) […]
Hedge Funds

One true super

Australia’s first Islamic principle-compliant superannuation fund has gained 30 to 50 members a week from industry and retail funds in its first few months of operation. Crescent Wealth has focused its marketing on Muslims under the age of 40, with adverts on Facebook and Google with the messages “Is your super Halal? Ours is” and […]
FEAL Annual Conference

No negative impact from tobacco divestment

Divesting from tobacco has had a negligible impact on returns, the Fund Executives Association Limited annual conference heard in a speech from a leading anti-smoking campaigner. Dr Bronwyn King, radiation oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Epworth Healthcare, said the analysis carried out by some of the 10 large superannuation funds that had […]
CMSF

“EU will survive no problem”,
US in recovery

The European Union will survive and the US economy will bounce back, according to international experts speaking at a CMSF plenary session. Andreas Huebner, senior managing director of Lazard, said the “EU will survive no problem” but acknowledged there was a long way to go, with economic fundamentals still weak. He sees the real problem […]
CMSF

Siguler Guff boss upbeat on global opportunity

The world economy will grow this year and there will be positive GDP growth most likely next year, says George Siguler, managing director and founder partner of private equity investment firm, Siguler Guff. Speaking ahead of his appearance at the Conference of the Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF) in Brisbane this week, Siguler said there are […]
Investment Strategy

Finance jobs scarce, except in compliance and risk

Wealth advisers, compliance and risk management departments at financial companies are expected to continue to hire amid muted demand for banking and financial services workers in the second quarter, a report from recruitment consultants Robert Walter says. Struggling European markets, higher funding costs and a cautious recruitment approach by companies is dampening hiring, according to […]
Investment Strategy

Eight Investment Partners’ growing pains

Building boats is somewhat of a tradition in the Steele family. Rick Steele, the chief executive of Eight Investment Partners, and his brother made sailing dinghies growing up on the banks of Tasmania’s Tamar River. Their father constructed a boat out of Celery Top Pine. Now Rick Steele wants to build an asset management firm […]
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