Investment consultants are being spread thinner across an increasingly broad base as super funds are forced to share the top minds with wealth managers, charities, universities and anyone else with a knowledge gap to fill.
I’ve always been frustrated by interviewing consultants and the lack of conviction they have about their decisions. “What would your ideal model portfolio look like?” I constantly ask. “It depends on the client” is the predictable and consistent answer. That may be valid, even true, but it speaks to a wider problem. Consultants are hired […]
For his first international trip since becoming prime minister, Tony Abbott has taken 20 business leaders representing sectors such as banking, finance, agriculture and infrastructure to Jakarta, but super funds see better opportunities elsewhere in Asia. Consultants, fund managers and superannuation funds say that the research has not been undertaken on Indonesia and there are […]
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American fund manager William Blair has named its top-three investment themes for 2013, nominating attractive valuations in China, the US domestic housing market and the stabilisation of the European financial sector as the stories to watch. Executives from the Chicago-based firm, which has a 70-plus-year history in investment markets, were in Australia in February to […]
Rice Warner, the consulting firm, has hired Mark Blair as head of its superannuation consulting business in Australia. Blair has worked at investment-fund advisory consultants such as Pillar, Russell and Towers Watson. He has been hired in response to demand from Rice Warner’s superannuation fund customers for advice on strategy and product. “Mark will enhance […]
Perpetual Ltd. chief executive Geoff Lloyd was listening patiently to a homophobic rant. Henri Aram, who says he is “close to 90” years old, was railing against “same sex marriage.” “It’s a very, very substantial problem,” says Aram, who arrived in Australia in December 1938 to escape the Holocaust. He says he has held stock […]
Ron Liling, the founder and largest shareholder of Intech Investment Consulting, will take a step back from management, relinquishing his chief investment officer role, in a restructure aimed at lifting the firm’s capacity to produce more complex structured investment strategies and products