Following the announcement that QSuper and Sunsuper will merge and create the largest fund in Australia, there may well be trepidation around consolidation. One of the reasons to merge is to find efficiencies that come with scale, but that can mean job losses and restructuring. We asked some financial services specialist recruiters about what people should do first (aside from updating their CV) when they learn their company is facing a merger or acquisition.
Boards need to consider giving chief executive officers and senior management more criteria around how they can meet their company’s espoused values if they want them to avoid questionable practices that harm the community and customers, according to Barry Rafe, principal at Rafe Consulting.
Following a bumper 12 months, and one in which VanEck saw strong flows into its VanEck Vectors MSCI World ex Australia Quality ETF (QUAL), VanEck has launched an international small cap quality ETF – the VanEck Vectors MSCI International Small Companies Quality ETF (ASX: QSML).
Last year was the first year that Australia’s ‘secondary’ stock exchange – Chi-X – traded through $1 trillion in Aussie equities, a substantial milestone according to Chi-X chief executive officer, Vic Jokovic.
Traditional account-based pensions are seriously inhibiting Australian retirement outcomes, according to Optimum Pensions managing director and founder - and long-time lifetime retirement income devotee - David Orford.
Covid-19 has drastically changed the investment management landscape in Australia and globally. In addition to continuous professional development requirements, investment managers, and their employers, need to be looking at improving skills in a completely new light.
After a tumultuous 2020, investors will be looking for income in a low-rate environment in 2021, according to First Sentier Investors. Global head of distribution, Harry Moore, spoke to Industry Moves about their outlook for the year ahead.
After months of falls due to Covid-19, superannuation fund satisfaction rose 0.6 per cent in October to 61 per cent, according to the latest Roy Morgan Superannuation Satisfaction Report, with self-managed superannuation fund trustees also recovering some of their mojo.
Research from the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has found that better long-term company performance comes from a top-down focus on culture.
New research by RiceWarner, commissioned by the SMSF Association, shows that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s cost estimates for SMSFs may still be out, despite an update earlier this year.
Consolidation trends among asset owners in Australia, along with the build up of in-house capabilities, means there will be increasing pressure on mandate opportunities, according to The Cerulli Report - Institutional Asset Management in Asia 2020: Setting the Stage for a New Era.
The Australian bushfire crisis has accelerated the push towards a broader acceptance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, according to the latest quarterly report on Asia Pacific from global research house Cerulli Associates.