Griffith University

Hedge Funds

Is global listed infrastructure really an asset class?

Global listed infrastructure should not be classified as a separate asset class owing to the similarity of risk adjusted returns to global utility stocks, claims a leading academic. A presentation at the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster annual conference in Melbourne, given by associate professor Robert Bianchi of Griffith University, said the case was true for […]
Hedge Funds

Academics to optimise super

A $9-million grant to academics to discover ways of improving the superannuation system will help put Australia in a position to sell its know-how to the rest of the world. This call by Simon McKeon, former Australian of the year and chair of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), was made as he […]
Governance

Fast, custom advice a reality

Technological advances in scaled advice in the US mean investment plans are being finalised in as little as three days, unlike the six to eight weeks common in Australia, according to Vanguard. Growing use of paperless procedures, programs that automatically calculate wealth management plans and video conferencing have all sped up the process. Karin Risi, […]
Post-Retirement

Towards defined ambition

Speaking at last week’s Post-Retirement Conference, held by Conexus Financial in association with AIST, Scott Pappas said the defined benefit is “dying”. He argues that funds need to extract the benefits of such a plan in a sustainable model, namely defined ambition plans, which offer collective defined contribution (DC) schemes and money-back guarantees. “Collective DC […]
Unintentional

Running with the herd

Michael Drew, like many finance professors, played sport at school. One year he won two coveted cricketing trophies at the end-of-season awards: best and fairest player, and batsman with the highest average-run score. But these achievements did not reveal the full story about Drew’s sporting prowess. “We never won a game and my batting average […]