risk management

Hedge Funds

David Neal talks up hedge fund value

The Future Funds’s chief investment officer has given testament to the role of know-how gained from retained hedge fund managers in the success of its dynamic-asset-allocation strategy. In a presentation to the seventh annual Conexus Financial Absolute Returns conference in Melbourne, David Neal emphasised the value added by hedge funds as a contrast to some […]
Custody

The paperless boardroom

The classic board table scene is changing. Where once it featured stacks of board papers, now it’s increasingly common to see a series of iPads instead. It’s a new way of communicating for trustees, as boards transition to universal adoption of mobile devices. It’s easy to assume the move to paperless is entrenched in the […]
Opinion

Gerard Noonan editorial

Some people love change. Many resist change as an unwelcome reshaping of their pleasant personal landscape. Others reckon you have to wrestle with it, even if you don’t like it. They make the most of their efforts to improve things. Put me in the first and third categories. We groan and grumble that governments and […]
Investment Strategy

Partnership creates global events network

Conexus Financial, the financial services media and events company and publisher of investmentmagazine.com.au, has formed a partnership with the New York-based World Pension Forum (WPF) to create a major international conference business catering to the world’s largest institutional investors. Conexus will apply its events management expertise and experience to enhance existing WPF events – three […]
Hedge Funds

Actuaries Institute’s Melinda Howes Q&A

Chief executive officer of the Actuaries Institute, Melinda Howes, spoke to Amal Awad about how actuaries contribute to the superannuation industry. Being a woman in a powerful role with a family, how do you find a work/life balance? I didn’t think about this when I started my career, but working as an actuary is a fantastic […]
Administration

STP saves time, risk and cost

Since the advent of mainframes in the financial services sector, the term straight-through processing (STP) has been with us to describe the ongoing integration of the front, middle and back offices, connecting parties to each trade electronically in order to reduce inefficiencies – and risk. By allowing the automatic transfer of information from one part […]
Custody

Post-cost relationships key for custody

It’s not primarily a matter of cost. In Australia’s near-saturated custodian marketplace, superannuation funds have hit the spotlight on custodians’ primary service offerings and relationship engagement as they go out to tender. Jo Townsend, general manager of investments at REST Industry Super, says the fund felt it was “appropriate to go back to basics” in the […]
Unintentional

Super sidles up to social media

Industry funds are taking to social media engagement, but an aversion to risk and leaner resourcing means Australian funds still lag behind other countries. An analysis of the social media footprint of 34 super funds shows that only approximately one-third of funds have a searchable social media presence, with levels of engagement varying significantly. “There’s […]
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