The expansion of SDI AOP, the world’s largest investor-led sustainable investment platform, into REITs — including those in Asia — reflects growing investor demand for data on real assets and private markets.
More frequent valuations of unlisted assets will prove costly for Australian super funds, with particular challenges around property and assets held abroad.
Under pressure from new regulatory sanctions for greenwashing, Australia’s responsible investment market is shrinking.
The industry is tightening both internal and external valuation procedures for unlisted assets, right on the heels of new regulatory guidance.
The Australian super funds become the latest to merge as government reforms targeting fees and performance continue to drive consolidations across the nation’s retirement landscape.
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.
European property is out of vogue with Asian investors like Australian super funds, while US and Asia remain attractive, say experts.
Asset mix remains steady as real assets, factor investing and credit allocations outperform.
New regulations mean a single large allocation to an impact fund could risk creating underperformance across the fund as a whole making them too risky for smaller funds, say analysts.
This reluctance contrasts sharply with large allocations by New Zealand super funds and increasing interest from Asian investors.
Up to 70% of newly deployed assets will be managed offshore, as the superannuation fund continues to grow its offices overseas.
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