futures

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 […]
Unintentional

How ETFs are being used

  The use of ETFs in Australia has grown almost 50 per cent since the beginning of 2013 reaching just shy of $10bn in funds under management as at the end of December. While in the early years growth was driven by retail investors, recent activity suggests ETF uptake by institutional investors is on the […]
Hedge Funds

Equipsuper to manage
futures in-house

Staff at the $4.6-billion Equipsuper could start making tactical investment bets through futures contracts by the end of the year. Equipsuper’s seven-person investment team aims to begin making investments in all asset classes by using futures based on major stock and bond market indexes by December. The contracts would enable the fund to place trades […]
Unintentional

The end of asset allocation – Alternative investment ideas to salvage your portfolio

There’s nothing like a crisis to make an industry question its fundamental beliefs, and poor old Harry Markowitz has certainly been in the firing line since everybody’s asset-allocated, ‘diversified’ portfolios all crashed together in 2008/9. Does his modern portfolio theory still stack up? What role will alternative assets play in any, ahem, alternative to it? […]
Unintentional

The end of asset allocation – Alternative investment ideas to salvage your portfolio

There’s nothing like a crisis to make an industry question its fundamental beliefs, and poor old Harry Markowitz has certainly been in the firing line since everybody’s asset-allocated, ‘diversified’ portfolios all crashed together in 2008/9. Does his modern portfolio theory still stack up? What role will alternative assets play in any, ahem, alternative to it? […]
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