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Finding risk: First State Super

A decade of ultra-low rates and mediocre growth does not mean that every year will yield low returns for investors, according to Damian Graham, the CIO of First State Super one of Australia's largest institutional investors. He talks about how to get enough risk in the portfolio.
Asset Allocation

AustralianSuper expands offshore

Australia's largest pension fund, the A$160 billion AustralianSuper, is set to double in assets in the next five years. As a result it is sending more assets offshore and will set up offices in New York and Asia to access direct deals.
Sustainability

Can finance crack modern slavery?

Institutional investors are increasingly worried about investing in businesses that exploit slave workforces through their supply chains. A roundtable into modern slavery discussed how asset owners and managers can take the lead to impact the 40.3 million workers in the world suffering from some form of labour abuse.
Sustainability

Climate change risk to spur stress test

Mercer has quantified a ‘low-carbon transition’ premium in the sequel to its seminal climate change report, showing that a 2⁰C scenario equates to 11 basis points per annum to 2030 in a typical growth portfolio. Further, investors with the same asset allocation but greater exposure to sustainability and the companies delivering the transition solutions, could […]
Governance

Future Fund appoints third deputy CIO

The Future Fund has appointed Sue Brake to the role of deputy CIO, portfolio strategy as part of the revamp of the $145 billion sovereign wealth fund’s investment team. She joins Wendy Norris deputy CIO for private markets and David George who is deputy CIO for public markets.