policy

Policy and Regulation

AIST and Mercer create super think-tank

The much mooted idea of a government funded policy advice research institute for superannuation has been pre-empted by a partnership between the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and Mercer. Dubbed the AIST-Mercer Super Tracker, the body will publish yearly updates on the relative fairness of tax concessions on superannuation for high and low income earners […]
Investment Strategy

New thinking needed on asset allocation

The global slowdown has exposed the vulnerabilities of traditional asset allocation, according to senior managing director of State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), Shawn Johnson, while sharing the AA implications he believed would be relevant depending on the ‘shape’ of the global economic recovery. “Correlations tend to ‘1’ during a crisis, so the theoretical minimum variance, […]
Investment Strategy

New thinking needed on asset allocation

The global slowdown has exposed the vulnerabilities of traditional asset allocation, according to senior managing director of State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), Shawn Johnson, while sharing the AA implications he believed would be relevant depending on the ‘shape’ of the global economic recovery. “Correlations tend to ‘1’ during a crisis, so the theoretical minimum variance, […]
Hedge Funds

Banks set to shake up life settlements

Institutional investors may be shaking off any reputational aversion they had to life settlements, desperate as they are for genuinely uncorrelated assets. MICHAEL BAILEY examines the current state of the asset class and its two means of access – synthetic or physical. The life settlements market has benefited from the entry of large investment banks, […]
Hedge Funds

Banks set to shake up life settlements

Institutional investors may be shaking off any reputational aversion they had to life settlements, desperate as they are for genuinely uncorrelated assets. MICHAEL BAILEY examines the current state of the asset class and its two means of access – synthetic or physical. The life settlements market has benefited from the entry of large investment banks, […]
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