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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 […]
Opinion

The misguided idealism of Arthur Sinodinos

There are many reasons to applaud the discussion paper issued by Treasury on better governance and transparency in superannuation, but its ownership by someone without an in-depth knowledge of retirement planning is worrying. That Arthur Sinodinos, the minister for financial services and assistant treasurer, also has a background in banking and thus a clear bias […]
Hedge Funds

Smart beta: is it worth it?

Most smart-beta offerings fall into the same trap as index strategies: blindly following a set of criteria even when the strategy is underperforming. Instead, beta harvesters should be more thoughtful, according to Tim Gardener, head of institutional client strategy at AXA Investment Managers, who also believes smart-beta strategies are overpriced. “In beta strategies, market cap […]
Investment Strategy

Opening China: a green light for investor action?

The changing nature and openness of emerging market financial systems mean that constant assessment of the environment is necessary. MSCI is currently considering whether to increase the allocation of China’s weight in the emerging market index to include the nation’s A shares. (Concurrently MSCI Korea and MSCI Taiwan Indices remain under review for a potential […]
CMSF

“EU will survive no problem”,
US in recovery

The European Union will survive and the US economy will bounce back, according to international experts speaking at a CMSF plenary session. Andreas Huebner, senior managing director of Lazard, said the “EU will survive no problem” but acknowledged there was a long way to go, with economic fundamentals still weak. He sees the real problem […]
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