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24 March 17

Why the cost of impact investing is coming down

Impact investing is challenging and expensive but it’s worth pursuing for superannuation funds, says Tim Macready, Christian Super’s chief investment officer. The $1 billion Christian Super is leading an advance party into the area of impact investing, which is — simply put — investing with the intention of generating measurable beneficial social or environmental impact […]

23 March 17

Super funds call for intermediaries to innovate in impact investing

The need for intermediaries to innovate to bring scale was a common theme running through institutional investors’ presentations at the inaugural Impact Investment Summit in Sydney during the closing days of October. The Impact Investment Summit in Sydney brought together more than 80 international and domestic speakers, including entrepreneurs backed by Bill Gates, George Soros and Ebay […]

22 March 17

Christian Super, VicSuper, First State Super, HESTA contribute to impact investing research

At least four super funds are contributing to the inaugural Impact Investor Survey which aims to provide critical insights to help grow the opportunities for investments that deliver positive social or environmental impacts in addition to a financial return. Christian Super, First State Super, HESTA and VicSuper, who have all separately shown leadership in this […]

21 March 17

How Christian Super makes an impact

Tim Macready and his directors, colleagues and advisors call it investing in a ‘biblical style’. Others call it ‘ESG on steroids’. Whatever the label, it’s working for the members of Christian Super. Greg Bright talks to Tim Macready, the fund’s CIO. There are lots of things which set Christian Super, a $750 million fund, apart […]

20 March 17

Christian Super uses impact investments to secure uncorrelated return drivers

Christian Super’s impact investments are an integral part of its portfolio construction because they deliver risk-adjusted returns via uncorrelated return drivers. Simba Marekera, senior portfolio analyst at Christian Super, told delegates at the inaugural Impact Investment Summit in Sydney that it does not apply impact discounts in pursuit of this strategy. “Unless we were convinced […]