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Hedge Funds

Three funds move into social impact investment space

The $31 billion QBE investment portfolio is to place $100m in social impact bonds in the belief that opportunities for such investments will expand greatly in the years to come. It is part of a general move to diversify assets in the QBE portfolio, which until now has been dominated by developed world government and […]
Hedge Funds

Regaining control: why investors must stand up to banks

As the chief executive of a financial services media and events business, Colin Tate benefits from the growth in the banking sector. But at the same time he is perplexed by the bad corporate behaviour, large pay packets, and secret negotiations of international banks. It’s time, he says, for institutional investors to demand change. I’m […]
Custody

ACSA’s stronger super task force win awards

Four individuals have been recognised by the Australian Custodial Services Association (ACSA) for outstanding contributions to custody and investment administration. The 2014 ACSA award winners are: • Marian Azer, head of global funds services, product for J.P. Morgan Investor Services Australia and New Zealand • Daniel Cheever, vice president and head of superannuation of State […]
Investment Strategy

QSuper pension take up grows year-by-year

A sharp uptake in QSuper members choosing its pension product has coincided with the provision of greater flexibility to tailor drawdown. Since December pension payments can be increased annually in line with inflation, while limits on switching and minimum withdrawals have been removed. Members who are invested across several investment options will now also have […]
Investment Strategy

Funds put product dashboard in the dark

Some super funds have incurred the displeasure of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) by putting links to their product dashboard in unobtrusive positions on their website. The product dashboard provides members with five essential facts on their Mysuper fund; the return target, actual returns, a comparison with previous returns, the level of investment […]
Unintentional

The characteristics of successful investment leaders

A key ingredient for success in any organisation is strong leadership. It is common in the corporate world for the chief executive to change every five to 10 years as the organisation evolves. Are the same principles true for large institutional investors? Roger Urwin, global head of investment content at Towers Watson, who also leads […]
Investment Strategy

Unisuper says buyer beware of star fund

Unisuper has issued a ‘buyer beware’ warning on the prospects of its high performing Global Environmental Opportunities fund. The fund has attracted the attention of members after it returned 45 per cent after tax to the end of September for a small group of members who now invest $85 million within it. It is entirely […]
Hedge Funds

Returns of human value

Narrow is the road that Christian Super takes in the pursuit of returns. It negatively screens the ASX300, avoiding stocks that focus on alcohol or gambling, and going beyond the call of the average institutional investor’s duty by putting a lot of energy into investments that help make the world a better place. Around 8 […]
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