fund managers

Custody

‘Please help trustees on data’, fund managers asked by APRA

Trustees are being swamped with information from fund managers, says the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA), which has called for more streamlined reporting to help. Greg Brunner, general manager APRA, told delegates at the 17th annual Investment Administration Conference in Sydney that fund managers should be helping trustees cope with the increased compliance they were […]
Governance

APRA: we will not accept inertia

Individual trustees have been instructed to improve their skills and to keep on improving them in a strident speech given by Helen Rowell of the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority in Melbourne. Such was the depth of requirements made that delegates at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees’ governance symposium openly questioned whether trustees would have […]
Hedge Funds

Indonesia last destination for funds

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 […]
Custody

Fees not fair enough yet

Negotiate harder and be prepared to walk away if you cannot agree a fair fee structure that meets your needs, Fiona Trafford-Walker of Frontier Advisors told delegates of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees Australian Superannuation Investment conference. She said the growing size of mandates was not being properly matched in lower fees. To make […]
CMSF

Super fraud on the rise

Payment interception by male internal staff in non-management positions represents the biggest risk of fraud for superannuation funds, KPMG’s biennial fraud survey has revealed. The profile was created from a survey of 281 financial services organisations who had detected $372.7m worth of fraud in the last two years. Three quarters of this fraud was committed […]
Custody

Indepth investment information required

Acting chief executive of Media Super, Michael Rooney, is frustrated by the lack of data transparency of some of its service providers as the fund takes greater control of risk monitoring. Rooney says the fund is in the process of obtaining more indepth investment information for its annual reports. This is part of a two-phase […]
Administration

STP saves time, risk and cost

Since the advent of mainframes in the financial services sector, the term straight-through processing (STP) has been with us to describe the ongoing integration of the front, middle and back offices, connecting parties to each trade electronically in order to reduce inefficiencies – and risk. By allowing the automatic transfer of information from one part […]
Investment Strategy

A century of ASX ETFs

ASX, the owner and operator of the Australian stock market, expects 100 exchange traded funds (ETFs) by June 2013. “I’d be surprised if we weren’t at 100 by this time next year,” says Richard Murphy, general manager of capital markets at ASX. “There is not one big Australian fund manager not looking at ETFs.” Still, […]
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