custodian

Custody

Technology helps trustee transparency but also regulator scrutiny

Jeffrey Leckstein, head of Australia at Bloomberg, explains how technology is improving transparency for investors but also how regulators are using it for accountability. As global growth converges towards a slower speed, more funds in Australia are utilising derivatives to achieve investment objectives and manage exposures, leaving trustees and boards increasingly concerned about the associated risks. Many […]
Custody

First Super appoints BNP Paribas Securities Services

BNP Paribas Securities Services has won its second major client from NAB Asset Servicing in three months after it was appointed to act as custodian and administrator for $2.2 billion First Super. The $3.9 billion TWU Super appointed BNP in December and both funds have cited concerns over meeting increasing regulatory demands around investment performance […]
Hedge Funds

The super challenge of data and analytics

Super funds’ demand for data has increased exponentially amid the renewed focus on governance and transparency of the last five years. Not surprisingly, these requirements emerged as a strong theme in our recent study of the challenges facing the superannuation industry, Evolving Superannuation Funds for the Future. Several interlinked factors are forcing funds to revamp […]
Opinion

Chris Cuffe on the custodian council

The chair of UniSuper, Chris Cuffe, says Labor’s proposed custodian council should be an experienced, independent group with a long-term focus, the members of which should have no commercial interest in the superannuation industry. Cuffe commended the proposals recently announced by Bill Shorten, minister for superannuation and financial services, but said the concept could be enhanced, […]
Investment Strategy

JP Morgan continues with HESTA

JP Morgan’s Australian head of custody sales, Bryan Gray, is anticipating a wave of custody reviews from superannuation clients in the second half of 2013, after funds navigate the transition to the MySuper regime. Yesterday JP Morgan was confirmed as the custodian for the $21-billion HESTA superannuation fund, which represents the health and community services […]
Investment Strategy

Bryan Gray’s flexibility at JPMorgan

Bryan Gray, in charge of JPMorgan’s custody sales and customer relationships in Australia and New Zealand, has three women working flexible hours for him as relationship managers. By lore, relationship managers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But Gray seems remarkably liberal about working hours. “They have great relationships with […]