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Trustee of the year takes swipe at APRA

The winner of the trustee of the year award used his acceptance speech to take a swipe at over-regulation, which he said only served to make his duties harder. Gary Clifford, trustee director of the Fire and Energy Services Superannuation Fund, whose colleagues knew he was receiving the award but had not told him, said […]
CMSF

Maximising tax efficiency

There have been a number of studies that look at the after-tax returns of investment managers and conclude that for individual taxable investors, most managers do not generate enough excess return to cover the tax bill caused by the resulting capital gains tax. Superannuation funds have a lower tax rate than individuals, but the tax […]
Investment Strategy

Private equity beats the stock market

Private-equity returns have outperformed investments in the stock market over the past decade, according to Cambridge Associates’ Australia Private Equity and Venture Capital Index. In the 10 years to December 31, 2011, Australian private-equity net returns were 7.5 per cent per annum. The S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index rose 6.1 per cent per year during the […]
Investment Strategy

AGF to host superannuation funds in New York

Canada’s AGF Management, which manages about $45 billion, has opened a Sydney office that will seek to attract Australian superannuation and individual investors into its funds. As part of its efforts to attract money, Toronto-based AGF will host 12 Australian superannuation funds in May in New York. There it will present details of its investment […]
Investment Strategy

Returns, costs of private equity questioned

The audience was aghast. This was not what they had come to hear. David Brown, chairman of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, was momentarily befuddled. It was after all a conference for Australia’s most prominent private equity firms organised by the Asian Venture Capital Journal. To question the industry in such a […]
Investment Strategy

VFMC likes private equity, has a modest allocation

Victorian Funds Management Corp. says its private equity investments have been a useful adjunct to its portfolio but they are not seeking to bolster their allocation to such investments. “I don’t need to tell you that markets have been volatile but private equity has given a smoother valuation cycle,” says Justin Arter, chief executive officer […]
Investment Strategy

Blue Sky Investments says few will follow its IPO

Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd., which raised $6.47 million in an initial public offering, says it hopes its IPO will attract foreign investors to help grow a business that now has $180 million in assets under management. The company, whose headquarters are near Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens, says it hired Debra Goundrey last year to work […]
Investment Strategy

Melanie Evans says transparency a theme for 2012

Increased transparency, from the makeup and potential conflicts of boards, to pay and investments is likely to be a theme for the funds that manage about $1.4 trillion in retirement savings, says BT Financial Group. BT says the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority is focused on improving governance standards at all superannuation trustees. That means the […]
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