John Coombe

Investment Strategy

Government biggest disruptor to superannuation, not technology: Jana

The biggest disruption to superannuation and its associated industries comes not from innovative technology companies, but from the government, according to JANA. Speaking at the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) annual conference, John Coombe, executive director of JANA, said it doesn’t matter how it is looked at, the superannuation industry only exists because it was […]
Hedge Funds

SSgA calculates the optimal domestic equity allocation

An equities portfolio that truly maximises returns and minimises risk will have an allocation of only 34 per cent domestic equities and 66 per cent in global equities, according to Olivia Engel, head of active quantitative equity, Asia Pacific at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). Research carried out by SSgA to find the optimal Sharpe […]
Hedge Funds

Members’ market fears calmed

Funds experienced a higher than usual number of members switching out of growth assets in the market turmoil of the past few weeks, but nowhere near as high as the switching levels of 2008. Better communications have been attributed for the lower levels of switching as US markets experienced one of their largest ever one […]
Hedge Funds

Investors demystify hedge funds

Institutional investors are shrewder purchasers of absolute return managers as their ability to identify risk-premia to match their portfolios improves. This was a common theme to conversations at the 8th annual Conexus Financial Absolute Returns conference in Sydney, at which representatives of the US and European based hedge fund managers Elementum Advisors, 36 South, GAM, […]
Investment Strategy

‘Rush’ to boost internal investment capability

The pace of increase in internal investment teams at superannuation funds is increasing, according to an Investment Magazine survey. Feedback from 19 chief investment officers at some of the largest super funds found that 40 per cent are planning on adding internal capacity over the next three years. A year ago the same survey found […]
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