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Architect of Future Fund investment strategy resigns

A chief architect of the A$68 billion ($60 billion) Australian Future Fund‘s investment strategy will leave in two weeks to form a new business offering asset allocation and macroeconomic strategy advice to large fiduciary investors globally. Tony Day, who joined the Future Fund in its early days of 2007, said that at 44 years of […]

UniSuper’s specialist revolution for global equities

The A$25 billion ($21 billion) UniSuper is revolutionising its $4 billion international equities portfolio, terminating every active developed markets manager in favour of passively tracking the MSCI World, while alpha is sought among specialist regional and sectoral managers, with a listed technology mandate to be first cab off the rank. The chief investment officer of […]

Quants in need of a makeover

Quantitative investing needs to change, and should do so by scaling up to produce more proprietary data,  reducing excessive numbers of signals and becoming more “market savvy”, according to the global head of equity research at BlackRock, Ronald Kahn.

Australia’s UniSuper launches first internal capabilities

The $A25 billion ($23 billion) UniSuper will ramp up its internal funds management capabilities, with four of its own portfolios set to be running by the end of the year, in conjunction with a project that will see its defined benefit and defined contribution sections adopt differing investment strategies for the first time.
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Dump cap-weighted indexing for ‘efficient beta’

  The status quo of ‘passive’ equity investment, ranking companies by market capitalisation, is delivering lower returns for higher volatility than a beta strategy which blends a cap-weighted approach with two of its competitors – minimum variance and fundamental indexing. Michael Bailey spoke to Lazard Asset Management’s Asia Pacific chief, Rob Prugue, about a paper co-written […]