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Green debt fund for wholesale investors

Investment manager Foresight Group has launched a green debt fund, which will make loans to small-scale wind and solar projects in Australia. It is claiming a first for the local market. Foresight wants to raise $150 million for the Foresight…

Cooper Investors opens up Global Endowment Fund to market

Cooper Investors has opened the Cooper Investors Global Endowment Fundto external investors. The wholesale unit trust is the first new product the firm has launched in five years. The strategy has been run successfully with internal capital for over two…

OpenMarkets launches new trading platform

OpenMarkets Australia, an execution-only share trading platform with more than 30,000 retail and intermediary trading accounts, has launched a new trading platform, OpenMarkets Equix. Available in web and mobile formats, Equix is designed to meet the needs of the self-directed…

Legg Mason & BetaShares launch active EM ETF

Legg Mason and BetaShares have launched the fourth active ETF through their strategic partnership- an emerging markets equity fund. The BetaShares Legg Mason Emerging Markets Fund provides investors with access to the superior growth potential offered by emerging market equities.…

Legg Mason enters the ESG fray

Fund manager Legg Mason has moved to meet growing demand for ESG investment products, with the launch of a global fund that combines ESG analysis with a negative screen approach. The Legg Mason QS Investors Global Responsible Investment Fund is…

Senior executives first pick for board seats

The most desirable experience for aspiring ASX 200 board members is a senior executive position, in particular roles with P&L responsibility, according to a new survey. The 30% Club and EY joined forces to discover the experience and journey necessary…

People: Korn Ferry appoints new Australasian MD

Executive recruitment company Korn Ferry has appointed Tim Nelson as the managing director of its Australasian operations. Nelson joined Korn Ferry as a financial services partner in 1998 and went on to launch the company’s recruitment process outsourcing business in…

Budget tip: restoration of higher contribution caps

A leading self-managed super administration and advisory group, SuperConcepts, has forecast that the Government will include some sweeteners for the super sector in what is expected to be a generous pre-election budget. SuperConcepts executive manager of SMSF technical, Mark Ellem,…

30% Club sets new target

To mark International Women’s Day, the 30% Club Australia has announced new targets for ASX 201- 300 companies to meet the 30 per cent target for female representation on boards by the end of 2021. Previously, only ASX 200 companies…

Robo advice software developer launches in Australia

Quantifeed, a Hong Kong based provider of digital wealth management solutions, has opened an office in Australia to strengthen its strategic relationships as demand for B2B digital advice solutions grows. Quantifeed’s new Sydney office, staffed with eight employees, will also…