Cbus silent on coal in new carbon reduction policy

Original article by James Fernyhough
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 1-Sep-20

Industry superannuation fund Cbus is seeking to reduce the carbon footprint of its investments by 45 per cent by 2030, while aiming for a net zero emissions investment portfolio by 2050. Fellow industry funds HESTA and First State have been explicit about their intention to divest thermal coal assets, but Cbus has declined to follow their example. Cbus has links to the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union, which has members working in the coal industry. Cbus’s chief investment officer Kristian Fok says its decision not to specifically divest coal assets was in part based on insight gained from members working in the coal sector.

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CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING UNIONS’ SUPERANNUATION FUND, HEALTH EMPLOYEES’ SUPERANNUATION TRUST AUSTRALIA LIMITED, FIRST STATE, CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA

ASX equities to be hit by forced selling as workers grab super

Original article by Melissa Yeo
The Australian – Page: 20 : 23-Apr-20

Matthew Ross of Goldman Sachs estimates that up to $44bn could be withdrawn from superannuation funds by people who have been financially hit by the pandemic, compared with the federal government’s forecast of $27bn. The early access scheme may result in liquidity issues for some super funds, which could in turn be forced to reduce their exposure to shares. Ross says this could potentially reduce the benchmark S&P/ASX 200’s market ­capitalisation by around 0.45 per cent.

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GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX

Super funds lose billions as crisis hits

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 15 & 22 : 25-Mar-20

The financial market turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic has weighed on asset valuations in the superannuation industry. AustralianSuper has slashed the value of its portfolio of unlisted assets by 7.5 per cent, while IFM Investors has cut the valuations of its Australian unlisted assets by an average of 7.6 per cent. Both group have exposure to a range of infrastructure assets, such as airports and toll roads. Other super funds are also reviewing the value of their unlisted assets.

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AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, IFM INVESTORS PTY LTD

Cbus’ climate change quotas queried

Original article by Joanna Mather
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 6-Sep-19

Construction industry superannuation fund Cbus will allocate one per cent of its $52 billion worth of funds under management to climate change initiatives. Its decision has been queried by Senator James Paterson, who said that establishing quotas seems like a bad idea; Paterson is the chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services. Scott Donald, the director of the Centre for Law, Markets & Regulation at the University of New South Wales, says Cbus is not violating any laws by making such a decision.

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CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING UNIONS’ SUPERANNUATION FUND, AUSTRALIA. JOINT COMMITTEE ON CORPORATIONS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Big super ready to fund infrastructure

Original article by Joanna Mather
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 9-Jul-19

IFM Investors CEO Brett Himbury has argued the case for industry superannuation funds to invest in public infrastructure, saying they are prepared to buy into both new and existing assets. Himbury concedes that there is still some concern about the partial sale of public assets; however, he stresses that unlike some private investors, super funds are focused on long-term returns rather than short-term profits. Former ACTU secretary Bill Kelty has proposed the creation of a new government-backed asset class that is focused on infrastructure.

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IFM INVESTORS PTY LTD, ACTU, INFRADEBT PTY LTD

Major funds bracing for bear market

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 13 & 18 : 19-Dec-18

Sharemarkets in Australia and Asia fell sharply on 18 December, in response to bearish sentiment on Wall Street. The S&P/ASX 200 has shed more than 7.4 per cent so far in 2018, and it is on track to record its biggest fall for the December quarter since 2008. Magellan Financial Group and WAM Capital have maintain a high level of cash holdings, although Randal Jenneke of T. Rowe Price sees the market volatility as a selective buying opportunity.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, MAGELLAN FINANCIAL GROUP LIMITED – ASX MFG, WAM CAPITAL LIMITED – ASX WAM, T ROWE PRICE GROUP INCORPORATED, STANDARD AND POOR’S 500 INDEX, SHANGHAI COMPOSITE INDEX, NIKKEI 225 INDEX, RELIANCE WORLDWIDE CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX RWC, JAMES HARDIE INDUSTRIES PLC – ASX JHX, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Wipe-out on way as Telstra, big banks tank

Original article by James Kirby
The Australian – Page: 24 : 17-Oct-18

The dividend yields of Australian stocks that were once regarded as bond proxies is testing seven per cent, while the dividend yield across the broader sharemarket has risen to 4.45 per cent. However, the share prices of former bond proxies such as Telstra and the major banks have fallen sharply, and the loss of sharemarket value may offset any dividend gains. An increasingly competitive telco market is weighing on Telstra, while the banks face a number of headwinds, including the prospect of increased regulation and the impact of the financial services royal commission.

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TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, BENDIGO AND ADELAIDE BANK LIMITED – ASX BEN, BANK OF QUEENSLAND LIMITED – ASX BOQ, TPG TELECOM LIMITED – ASX TPM, VODAFONE AUSTRALIA LIMITED, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, FINANCIAL OMBUDSMAN SERVICE LIMITED, RAMS HOME LOANS PTY LTD, SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUN, BANKWEST, BANK OF MELBOURNE LIMITED, HSBC AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS PTY LTD, LATITUDE FINANCIAL PARTNERS

We’re at euphoric stage of cycle: Eley Griffiths

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 27 : 2-Oct-18

Eley Griffiths Group’s co-founder Ben Griffiths is upbeat about the outlook for equities. He believes that global sharemarkets are at what Sir John Templeton dubbed the "euphoric" stage of the current bull market. Eley Griffiths boasts around $1.8bn worth of funds under management, and both its small companies fund and its emerging companies fund outperformed the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Accumulation Index in 2017-18.

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ELEY GRIFFITHS GROUP PTY LTD, ELEY GRIFFITHS GROUP SMALL COMPANIES FUND, ELEY GRIFFITHS GROUP EMERGING COMPANIES FUND, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX SMALL ORDINARIES ACCUMULATION INDEX, AFTERPAY TOUCH GROUP LIMITED – ASX APT, PINNACLE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT GROUP LIMITED – ASX PNI, SIMS METAL MANAGEMENT LIMITED – ASX SGM, AUSTRALIS OIL AND GAS LIMITED – ASX ATS, BLUE SKY ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS LIMITED – ASX BLA, NETWEALTH GROUP LIMITED – ASX NWL

Future Fund wary as economy holds up

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 31 : 30-Aug-18

The Future Fund has posted a 2017-18 return of 9.3 per cent for 2017-18, compared with its targeted return of 6.1 per cent a year. It has achieved a return of 8.7 per cent each year over the last decade. Meanwhile, the Future Fund has reduced its cash holdings in the last year, while its exposure to Australian shares and the private equity sector has increased. MD David Neal says asset prices are likely to fall when synchronised global economic growth comes to an end, while chairman Peter Costello says the tariff war will also affect asset prices.

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AUSTRALIA. FUTURE FUND MANAGEMENT AGENCY

Risks making volatility an asset

Original article by Samantha Bailey
The Australian – Page: 30 : 27-Jul-18

The prices of asset classes such as equities, bonds, commodities and real estate have risen sharply as global interest rates begin to rise from historic lows. Triple3 Partners’ chief investment officer Simon Ho says now is a good time to invest in volatility, which has been recognised as an asset class for more than a decade. Triple’s portfolio includes about $70 million worth of volatility strategies.

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TRIPLE THREE PARTNERS PTY LTD, TRIBECA INVESTMENT PARTNERS PTY LTD