The plan to make Australia a renewable energy superpower featured heavily throughout this year’s Federal Budget — which translates into opportunities to attract more capital from asset owners and the private sector.
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Taking a passive approach to listed investments is no longer sufficient to ensure satisfactory returns, said the Australian sovereign fund's chief.
Shareholder pressure by asset owners has been shown to be effective in forcing companies to decarbonise — and this trend is set to intensify.
Labor’s proposals to ban early access to retirement savings and direct super funds to invest into nation building projects might be seen as an overstep by the government.
The move follows elevation of ESG from investment risk to a corporate risk and a substantial rotation from active to passive mandates, and is likely to presage additional ESG hires.
From property-heavy portfolios to those focused on farming and forestry, iwi are most concerned about what is best for their local community.
Government commitments to sustainable finance are expected to help unlock significant capital and improve investment opportunities for asset owners in the region.
While keeping its powder dry for the time being, Australia's sovereign fund sees potential in allocations to China.
The €277bn Dutch pension fund is slowing allocations to the region as part of a worldwide strategy to combat falling asset prices.
While far from immune to global economic weakness and risks, the APAC region has more resilient growth projections in the medium term, buoyed by its growing middle class, says Richard van den Berg, fund manager for M&G Asia Property Strategy.
Commodities and more aggressive alternative strategies are among the options being explored as institutional investors look to counter potential threat.
Australia’s largest superannuation fund has signalled concern over global property markets as allocations to the sector fall off.