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Book recommendations

What books do chief investment officers read to give them an edge? Earlier in the year we asked Mark Delaney, chief investment officer of AustralianSuper, and Matt Whineray, chief investment officer of NZ Super, to recommend recent books that had changed the way they think about investing. For good measure, Investment Magazine’s personal choice goes […]
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Have financial institutions become less vulnerable to shocks?

The biggest risk to investors is not another financial system crisis but a global shock that has been underestimated. Graham Harman, investment strategist, Asia-Pacific at Russell Investments told an audience at the Paul Woolley Centre for the study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality in Sydney, that investors should be more concerned of a risk hitherto underestimated, […]
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The metamorphosis of passive managers

Industry funds, with their ideology and history of affecting change due to profit-for-member motives, have been instrumental in driving transformation over the past decade, pressuring passive fund managers to vote their stock in companies. Investment Magazine examines how this is changing the skill set of passive managers and if this will impact on costs. Increasing pressure […]
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Super funds’ priorities reshaping passive managers

The sheer weight of assets held by passive managers is dramatically increasing their power to engage with companies on issues of corporate governance and ESG. Investment Magazine investigates the mixed messages coming out of the three biggest passive managers as they attempt to meet engagement expectations from institutional investors. Two trends are causing institutional investors to ask more from passive management, fuelling a change […]
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Is the next financial crisis due in 2016/17?

Financial crises occur every nine years on average and each time they occur they reset finance theory – fiduciaries should beware. This is the central theme of a book Crisis and Complexity written by Ross Barry, the head of research at First State Super, which explores a dozen economic and financial catastrophes since the Mississippi […]