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Betashares launches 'industry first' bond funds

Betashares has launched four funds on the ASX, offering geared long and short exposure to Australian government bonds and 10-year US Treasuries.

Mirova seeks €350m for new sustainable land management fund

Natixis Investment Managers affiliate Mirova has successfully completed its Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) fund and started a new strategy, the Mirova Sustainable Land Fund 2 (MSLF2), aiming to raise €350 million from public bodies and institutional investors.

Women still underrepresented in asset management roles: FSC

While the average number of women in investment teams is slowly growing, the Financial Services Council (FSC) has found they still only account for 29%.

J.P. Morgan lists fixed income ETFs

J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has listed two more active ETFs, taking the total number of listed products to 11.

Latest White Papers

Good governance is gold

CHRIS WEST   When the term 'governance' is mentioned, the first reaction is normally one that brings up the dread of another set of overburdensome compliance obligations. However, governance and compliance are very different things. Good investment governance at its core is about how to make good investment decisions.

Royal Commission recommendations and managed discretionary accounts

SAMANTHA CARROLL   The managed account services industry was given much to ponder by Commissioner Hayne in the final report. The major talking point for the industry is undoubtedly the fact that the vertical integration model was left untouched.

Back in favour: The new case for fixed income

WESTERN ASSET MANAGEMENT   With bonds offering the most attractive yields in nearly 15 years, this could be an ideal time for investors to reconsider their allocations to fixed income. Given today's investment environments of higher rates, lower inflation and the Federal Reserve likely at or near the end of its current rate-hiking cycle, the backdrop appears quite favourable.

The evolution of managed accounts: Beyond market volatility

BRENT BEVAN   The turbulent market conditions that have prevailed in the 2020s have proved the worth of managed accounts - but what more can they deliver to advisers?

Human-centred automation

SHANE REID   A must for firms in the financial sector.

Managed accounts and technology: Bringing personalisation and scale to advisers

BILL HORTZ   Will the future of investment portfolios increasingly be built, not on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but on customised managed accounts?

IMAs and SMAs meet the demands of SMSF trustees for direct international equities portfolios

HUGH MACNALLY   Individually managed accounts (IMAs) and separately managed accounts (SMAs) enable trustees of SMSFs to access direct international and domestic equity portfolios with greater control and transparency compared to the traditional managed fund options, however the differences between and benefits of IMAs ...

Tailored SMSF and managed account solutions

MULTIPORT PTY LTD   Multiport is a leading provider of self-managed super and managed account administration, reporting and compliance services. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service for a transparent and competitive fee.

A tale of three countries

PHILIP PARKER   Are you a history buff? Here is a rundown of how managed accounts evolved in the US and the UK - and how the sector is developing locally.

Unpacking managed account fees

MARTIN KOFOED   While the benefits of the managed account structure for investors and advisers are clear, their fee structure, however, tends to be less so.

Managed discretionary accounts in 2021

ASSURED SUPPORT   This paper reproduces a Q&A session conducted by Assured Support between its managing director, Sean Graham, and Peter Turbach, partner at MDA Guru. It captures these two leading industry practitioners' respective views on the present state of managed discretionary accounts (MDAs).

Managed account fees: Understanding the true cost of client outcomes

MATTHEW VAN DIJK   At face value, cost comparisons seem straightforward, however, they can exclude material factors that will detrimentally affect your client.

Investing for the future, with clients of the future

HUB24 PTY LTD   This paper brings together industry experts in ESG investing to discuss how it is spanning generations and influencing how advisers engage with their clients.

Two roads to a single destination

TOBY POTTER   The amount invested through managed accounts is growing strongly but as a method of investing, managed accounts are still not well understood. The differences between types of managed accounts are often blurred and this is compounded by a prolific use of jargon.

Managed accounts: Boldly go where no one has gone before

ADAM ROWLEY   Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Survive the squeeze

KEN BLOOMFIELD   A managed account can minimise the "value leakage" for the client and allow financial advisers to assume a greater role in portfolio management in the long term.