The Australian Catholic CIO used all his discretion to maintain an underweight position in risk assets before recommending a deployment of cash into equities and credit in what turned out to be the most valuable superannuation fund trade of 2020, Matthew Smith writes.
Many of the major themes and trends that dominated financial markets before COVID-19 disrupted financial markets and economies still endure today, according to John Pearce, with 'financial repression' among the most notable. Although there have been some exceptions.
UniSuper’s overweight position on Australian equity income stocks has helped its balanced fund to become the highest performing in 2014, it achieved 10 per cent returns – the lowest performing fund achieved 5.3 per cent. John Pearce, chief investment officer of UniSuper, continues to keep faith in domestic stocks despite widespread sentiment that falls in […]
BT’s asset owner teams are being streamlined into a single unit so as to better tailor solutions for clients. The move coincides with a shift of its MySuper portfolios into more illiquid investments. The new operation will be run by David Lees, the general manager of investments and insurance at the BT Group, while Patrick […]
Mention any asset class to John Pearce and he will doggedly set out the good and bad thinking around it. A common source of his ire is the sight of investors herding around a belief based on a lack of rigorous thinking. Good practice for him involves standing up to accepted thinking or at the […]
With a scarcity of good local assets, property investors are increasingly looking at the UK and Northern Europe Australian property investors continue to be encouraged by valuations in the global market, with AMP Capital announcing its first US acquisition since the global financial crisis. The AMP Capital Global Direct Property Fund, which counts man key […]
Institutional investors had shown strong interest in listed infrastructure over the last 18 months as competition for unlisted infrastructure has hotted up, according to Peter Meany from Colonial First State Global Asset Management (CFSGAM). Meany is CFSGAM’s head of global listed infrastructure, and told a media briefing this week that his flagship fund had seen […]