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Pathfinder launches vegan fund offer

24 September 2018 - Pathfinder Asset Management has launched a vegan-friendly fund option.

Investing: The Good-Bad-Good of Share Buybacks

11 September 2018 - “Corporate cocaine”, “sugar high for corporations”, and “stock price manipulation” – all phrases media use to describe share buybacks. In a buyback, a corporation buys its own shares, often in the open market but sometimes through a tender process.

Investing: Understanding non-financial risks

21 August 2018 - Responsible investment is the topic du jour in the global investment world.

Getting to grips with responsible investing

14 August 2018 - Responsible investment is the topic du jour in the global investment world. Unfortunately, in New Zealand, the focus is largely on only one part - “Negative” exclusions.

Chill Out, it’s Just a Stress Test

10 July 2018 - Stress testing is a key element in risk management for portfolio managers. It is also a Financial Markets Authority (FMA) requirement for fund managers in New Zealand, although they don’t specify exactly what form these tests should take or how often they should be applied.

Private equity, not govt mandates, KiwiSaver's future: Managers

27 March 2018 - New Zealanders' KiwiSaver savings would do more for the country if they were used in private equity deals, fund managers say.

Pathfinder eyes carbon risk

9 March 2018 - Pathfinder Asset Management has cut ten companies from its portfolio, reducing its exposure to carbon and fossil fuels.

Pathfinder bolsters responsible investment capability

14 February 2018 - Fund manager Pathfinder has appointed two staff to support its focus on responsible investment.

Rethinking retirement assumptions

2 February 2018 - Advances in healthcare and technology have improved life expectancy in New Zealand at a staggering rate – by almost two years every decade since 1960.  Investors retiring at 65 should be preparing for a long retirement.  In this commentary John Berry asks how long should advisers target for their clients’ savings to last, and do historic assumptions for growth asset allocations for retirees need a rethink?

Don't worry, stay invested

12 January 2018 - New Zealand market commentators are optimistic about the year ahead, despite international warnings that a crash is “overdue”.

2017 and 2018: recap and outlook

19 December 2017 - The story of the year was really how little global markets reacted to key events.

A survival guide for financial adviser licensing

21 November 2017 - All financial advisory businesses will begin a mandatory licensing process, but do not fear, the FMA comes in peace, John Berry says. In the first of two-part commentary he shares his views on what to expect and how to prepare for change.

Responsible investing missing the mark: White paper

1 November 2017 - New Zealand's responsible investment managers are too focused on exclusions, a new white paper says.

Should lawyers give financial advice?

19 October 2017 - Since the Financial Advisers Act (FAA) came into force there has been some angst over exemptions for other professions – such as lawyers and accountants.  Are financial advisers right to be concerned that lawyers and accountants can hand out financial advice? Are there any restrictions on them?

Pathfinder focuses on responsibility

2 October 2017 - Fund manager Pathfinder is rebranding, with a focus on responsible investing.

Responsible investing: Is there a cost?

8 September 2017 - The most popular argument used by investors that are resistant to the concept of responsible investing is that “returns are lower, it will cost me money”. Well, times have changed.

Investing responsibly: passing the tipping point

8 August 2017 - Do you believe that well governed companies have better long-term prospects than their competition? If you do, then you have already taken the first small step to aligning yourself with a more sophisticated approach to responsible investing (RI).

International equities: Approach with caution

31 July 2017 - Managers are taking a more cautious approach to global equities as valuations remain stubbornly high.

Can experts predict market turning points?

13 July 2017 - “Buy low, sell high” sounds like a wildly simple and effective investment strategy. But it requires an investor to know when is a good time to buy, and how to time the even harder decision to sell. Can investors predict and profit from turning points in markets? Can experts help with this decision making?

Match racing: NZ PIE funds vs US ETFs

13 June 2017 - Some commentators point to the low fee structures of US ETFs and question why an investor or adviser would even consider NZ managed fund solutions. The purpose of this article is to provide a “real life” comparison of a PIE fund against US equity ETFs with similar exposure. Is one structure better?

Socially responsible investing (Part 4): Growing pineapples in Alaska

22 May 2017 - This month’s commentary looks at change – how consumer values are changing, how businesses are impacted and how advisers can respond.  The adviser response may involve new socially responsible product and this commentary also considers whether there is a risk of “greenwashing” when it comes to financial products.

Pathfinder Asset Management launches RI option

15 May 2017 - Pathfinder Asset Management is working to gauge the level of adviser interest in its new Responsible Investment Fund.

Socially responsible investing (Part 3): returns, fees and investment options

20 April 2017 - In this month’s commentary, Pathfinder looks at real world implications of responsible investment (RI).  Are RI returns better, worse or no different than market returns?  What investment options are available within NZ and from offshore?

Responsible Investing Part Two: implications for everyone in financial markets

27 March 2017 - The essence of responsible investing (RI) is not its focus on environmental, social and governance issues (ESG) – these get the headlines but are about...

Socially responsible investing (SRI) - Part One: the thinking behind SRI

8 February 2017 - In this 3-part commentary John Berry will overview socially responsible investing.  Part One looks at what it is and how it’s evolving.

Pathfinder to screen its Water Fund for nasties

16 January 2017 - Pathfinder Asset Management has selected Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of ESG and corporate governance research and ratings, as its environmental,...

Performance fee update – lesson for NZ

25 November 2016 - Pathfinder wrote a series of four articles through 2015 on performance fees which were published here on Good Returns.  Off the back of these articles Pathfinder was asked to help Reuters Thomson in Europe with a piece on Italian performance fees.  John Berry believes the findings of that work provide an important lesson for New Zealand financial advisers and the Financial Markets Authority.

Client best interests: Part Two

3 October 2016 - Last month’s commentary on the Code of Conduct obligation to put “client interests first” generated a great deal of discussion.  In this follow up John Berry takes the debate a step further and asks some fundamental questions about what consumers expect, if better disclosure can help and whether a “best interests” standard is impossible to meet.  This is the second instalment of a 3-part commentary.

Client interests: first, best or last?

22 August 2016 - Imagine you’re seeing your doctor or lawyer and they tell you “just so we are clear, my duty is to put your interests first… but I won’t necessarily be acting in your best interests.”  How would you feel? Comforted and relieved?  Or surprised and confused?  In this commentary John Berry looks at a financial adviser’s duty to place the interests of the client first (but not to act in the client’s best interests).  What does this mean?  Is it what clients expect?

Performance fees' days may be numbered

17 August 2016 - More fund managers may follow Forsyth Barr’s lead and drop performance fees, as the Financial Markets Conduct Act regulations kick in, it has been claimed.

Infrastructure investing: What, why and how?

11 July 2016 - According to Blackrock the world needs to build US$57 trillion of new infrastructure by 2030 – a huge amount that governments cannot finance alone.  Combine infrastructure demand, financing needs and relatively stable long term returns, and it is easy to understand why interest in infrastructure investment continues to grow.

Brexit: Don't panic

27 June 2016 - New Zealand investors are being urged not to panic about the potential impact of Brexit on their portfolios.

Brexit, stage left

30 May 2016 - The United Kingdom will soon vote to either stay in, or leave the European Union. Pathfinder's John Berry looks at this important referendum and discusses what it means for markets and investors.

Fee guidance doesn't answer all questions

30 May 2016 - Fund managers have been given more information about the fees they are required to disclose to investors - but some still have concerns.

China more tempting but time not yet right

20 May 2016 - Investors thinking about dipping their toes back into Chinese equities markets are being given a warning: It’s not time yet.

The 'how' and 'why' of negative interest rates

4 May 2016 - The interest rate outlook has shifted from “lower for longer” to now “very low for very long”.

A fund manager fee conundrum

11 April 2016 - Research consistently shows a fund’s total fee burden impacts on long term returns for investors.  As a general rule lower fund costs mean more left over for investors.  This is certainly true of deep liquid markets (like large cap US equities) where information and skill is widely disseminated – it’s hard for one manager to repeatedly outperform over for 3-5 year periods.  The bi-annual S&P Dow Jones SPIVA report on active manager (under) performance is compelling reading.

Investing in 'alternatives'

1 March 2016 - Investors typically regard equities, bonds and cash as the primary asset classes.  But there are a number of other peripheral assets which fall under the “alternatives” catch-all.  In this commentary John Berry from Pathfinder looks at PIE managed fund “alternatives” that New Zealand investors can include in portfolios.

Tax hit for gold bugs

1 March 2016 - An indication that Inland Revenue wants investors to pay tax on gold profits has been criticised as inconsistent.

Fund managers a growth opportunity for financial advice, FMA says

29 February 2016 - Financial advisers will probably have an increasing role in intermediating between consumers and the funds management industry as it gathers strength, the chief executive of the Financial Markets Authority says.

Should fund managers invest in their own funds?

9 February 2016 - Would you buy clothes from a shop whose staff wouldn’t be seen wearing their own brand?  Or dine at a restaurant where the chef wouldn’t want to eat?  Would you think twice about investing in a company’s shares where the CEO doesn’t want to invest?   So how do you feel about investing in a fund where the portfolio manager chooses not to invest?

Market turmoil creates knock-on effect

6 January 2016 - New Zealand is likely to continue to feel some knock-on effect of the turmoil on international markets this week. Read here.  ...

Active managers must be better...

14 December 2015 - Intuitively we’d expect active managers to perform better than the market.  Active managers should be smarter, more responsive and adaptable.  They should pick winners, avoid losers and react to downturns.  Do actual investment outcomes support this?

More Heat than Light: Discussions about currency hedging

1 October 2015 - There are several discussion topics that are absolutely guaranteed to generate a lot of comment on websites like Good Returns.  Performance fees, Active/passive management and currency hedging. Pathfinder director Paul Brownsley presents his view on currency hedging.

Performance fee structures shortchanging investors

28 September 2015 - Most managers charging performance fees are not doing so in a way that best serves investors, it has been claimed.

Vertical fund businesses – a broken model?

1 September 2015 - Vertical fund managers control the entire investment “ecosystem” - from manufacturing fund product through to advising the end investor.  This means the fund manager can be a “one stop shop” providing the (supposedly) perfect client solution, isolated from any alternatives.  It makes great business sense – but does it make sense for investors?

Questions to ask fund managers - Investment management

10 August 2015 - In the second part of the Questions to ask fund managers, Pathfinder principal John Berry considers questions around investment management.

Pathfinder banks on property

27 July 2015 - Pathfinder has passed the $100 million mark in funds under management and launched its fourth fund.

Questions to ask fund managers

2 July 2015 - For financial advisers and investors the working of fund managers can be a mystery.  Exactly what does a fund manager do – and more importantly, how do they do it?  Part of the issue with understanding fund managers is to know what questions to ask.  

Pathfinder adds to investment committee

8 June 2015 - Kent Fraser is joining Pathfinder's investment committee, providing independent expertise particularly in foreign exchange, Asian markets and global property...

(Under) performance fees

4 June 2015 - Pathfinder's Paul Brownsey does some calculations on performance fees and finds some answers which should surprise advisers and investors.

Private equity – a role for KiwiSaver? (Part 2)

12 May 2015 - Last month we looked at the private equity market in New Zealand and opportunities to invest.  We saw that private equity is typically only available...

Private equity – A role for KiwiSaver?

7 April 2015 - In the first part of a two-part series Pathfinder Asset Management director John Berry explores where private equity should fit into KiwiSaver.

Match-fixing in funds management

16 February 2015 - Whoever leaked information the FMA was investigating Milford Asset Management for suspected market manipulation had very good timing.

The perfect performance fee (part 3)

10 February 2015 - In the third part of its series on performance fees Pathfinder Asset Management reviews practical examples of how performance fees are calculated and disclosed by fund managers.  This involves a look at aspects of five performance fees for products currently available in the market.

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