The large size and penchant for active investment of the $120 billion AustralianSuper present both opportunities and challenges for its fund managers and inhouse equities team.
As a long-term investor focused on providing good retirement outcomes to its members, AustralianSuper appreciates the importance of ESG issues as determinants of future success.
Mark Delaney sees an opportunity to make money from Brexit and a bright side to the tumult of US President Donald Trump.
Ethics and finance will top and tail the program at the Fiduciary Investors Symposium to be held at Chicago Booth School of Business, from October 18-20, highlighting the fact that as asset owners get larger and employ more staff they need to be clear on their own internal ethics and responsibilities. One of the world’s... Read more »
Australia’s largest superannuation fund, AustralianSuper, is considering whether it should have its own investment management and currency hedging teams based in Europe and America. Due to the mandatory nature of the system in Australia, the current rate of funds under management growth means assets are doubling every four to five years. Peter Curtis, head of... Read more »
A number of large institutional investors, including AP1, the Environment Agency and AustralianSuper, made changes to their strategic asset allocation as a result of Mercer’s 2011 study on climate risks, and now the consultant is working with a new raft of investors to assess forward-looking climate change scenarios against their current allocations. Meanwhile one of... Read more »
Simply comprehending the myriad of national institutional investing systems, investor types and priorities can be an onerous task. Attempting to coordinate an international effort to promote an uncommon investment strategy choice is well and truly herculean. That is the challenge facing Raffaele Della Croce and the rest of the team behind the Organisation for Economic... Read more »
From a strategic asset allocation point of view, AustralianSuper is one of the most aggressive investors in emerging markets, particularly Asia. About a quarter of the $43-billion fund is in international equities, and nearly half of that is in emerging markets. Equities is the vehicle for AustralianSuper’s emerging market exposure because growth remains the reason... Read more »
Usually when the $129-billion Ontario Teachers Pension Plan makes a strategic move, the rest of the investing community pays attention. With a 15-per-cent allocation to emerging markets and a strategic plan to increase it to 20 per cent over the next couple of years, OTPP just opened an office in Hong Kong to take advantage... Read more »
If everything continues on schedule, the $60-billion AustralianSuper will begin testing its new internal investment-management systems this month, with a view to managing its first money in house in the third quarter of 2013. Within four years the fund expects to manage as much as $40 billion in house, funded primarily from cash flow, and... Read more »
The power of benchmarking funds on sustainability is demonstrated by the fact 171 property companies and funds surveyed in the 2012 GRESB benchmarking report reduced GHG emissions by 6 per cent – this is a reduction of 432,000 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of removing 85,000 cars from the road. The Global Real Estate... Read more »
While the trend for most large institutional investors is to insource asset management, the $85-billion Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) has decided to take a different path. Much-cited CEM Benchmarking research shows that funds with internal-management platforms are better performers after cost, and this is largely driven by the lower costs of internal management. Many... Read more »