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Canada’s Australian Farming Empire Continues to Grow

16th April, 2024

PSP Investments’ acquisition of around 8,000 hectares of farmland in New South Wales is an example of a tide of capital by Canadian state-owned investors in Australia’s vast agricultural sector.

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Fund of the Month (Apr'24): Aware Super

1st April, 2024

Aware Super is Australia’s third largest profit-for-member industry superannuation fund, with AU$ 175 billion (US$ 114 billion) under management on behalf of 1.2 million members and a brand-new office in London. We had the pleasure of speaking with its CEO, Ms. Deanne Stewart, about the fund’s strategy, future objectives, female leadership and how the industry needs to evolve to meet future retirement needs.

Change at the Top of Future Fund, As Strategy Evolves

29th January, 2024

Australia’s Future Fund has hired a new chair to take over from the long-standing leadership of Peter Costello, with the Labor government choosing a politician – Greg Combet – from their own ranks, whose career has focused heavily on combating climate change.

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Dutch Funds Help Diversify Australian Student Accommodation Platform into Multi-Family Venture

30th May, 2023

The Netherlands’ public pension fund managers APG and Bouwinvest have swung their weight behind an Australian build-to-rent (BTR) partnership with student accommodation leader Scape Australia founders, Stephen Gaitanos and Craig Carracher.

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Singaporean State Investors Boost Australian Decarbonization

27th March, 2023

Singapore’s GIC and Temasek have taken the unusual step of combining forces to back the take-over of Australia’s largest integrated power generator and energy retailer, with a view to supporting the country’s net zero goals.

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Australia Presses Forward with Super Fund Consolidation

5th December, 2022

Australian super fund HESTA has boosted its AUM to nearly A$70 billion (US$57 billion) with more than 970,000 members following its merger with the smaller, 60-year-old Brisbane-based Mercy Super fund, which has 13,000 members.

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Inflation Challenges Australian Funds’ CPI-Linked Returns Targets

26th October, 2022

Australian inflation soared to a 32-year high in Q3 amid rising costs of house building and energy prices, and if sustained it could challenge AustralianSuper’s returns targets.

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Waiting for the Bubble to Burst? Funds Prepare to Pour Billions into Asian Real Estate

5th October, 2022

Sovereign wealth and public pension funds are limbering up for a race for Asian real estate acquisitions, but are biding their time in anticipation of snapping up bargains amid signs of a market downturn.

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Fund of the Month (Oct'22): AustralianSuper

1st October, 2022

AustralianSuper has become one of the world’s largest public pension funds, and has grown its overseas footprint significantly in the past few months, including its London and New York offices, which it expects to grow to 250 staff. We had the great pleasure of speaking with Damian Moloney, Head of Investments, International, about the activities and prospects of the fund.

GIC opens Sydney office, expands leadership group

2nd June, 2022

Exactly a year after it first announced it, GIC has closed its first few hires in Australia and has opened an office in Sydney to manage its significant portfolio of assets Down Under. The first team members to be onboarded are a VP from Nuveen, an Associate from Fortius and another one from Credit Suisse. We expect the fund to name a head for the new office soon.

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OMERS Leaves a Towering Impression on Australian Digital Infrastructure

9th May, 2022

Canada’s second largest public pension fund, OMERS, is acquiring a major Australian portfolio of mobile towers from TPG in a deal worth A$950 million (US$660 million), marking its first foray into the Asia-Pacific digital infrastructure sector.

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Fund of the Month (May'22): Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC)

1st May, 2022

For the year ended 30 June, 2021, the Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC) reported a one-year-return of 16.9% and ten-year annualized return of 9.4%. The state investor manages AUD $74.5 billion (US$ 56 billion) on behalf of 31 public authorities of the state of Victoria. Seven months ago, CEO Lisa Gray retired and passed the baton to Kate Galvin, an executive with extensive asset management, banking, wealth management, markets, and legal expertise that would enable VFMC to continue with its evolution and delivery of market leading long-term returns. We had the pleasure of chatting with Ms. Galvin about her vision for the future of the organization.

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