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Advance A.A. allocates A$400m to new alternatives product, Colonial First State awards A$300m to three hedge funds

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update – Triple A Partners Australia’s May 2011 newsletter mentioned some significant investments into the hedge fund sector from a number of Australian firms.

For example, Advance Asset Management allocated around A$400m (US$425m) from its multi-sector funds into a newly-built alternatives product, an Investor Daily’s report said (source). The fund, Advance Alternative Strategies Multi-Blend, will comprise hedge fund managers that use various strategies and also invest in low-cost liquid products such as ETFs. New York-based Ramius Alternative Solutions will provide advice on manager selection, due diligence and portfolio construction.

Triple A also said that Colonial First State (CFS) had awarded A$300m (US$319m) to three offshore managers to kick start a new 'alternatives manager allocation' within its FirstChoice multi-sector funds platform, as reported by Global Pensions.

It gave A$110m to Aspect Capital in London, A$105m to Neuberger Barman in New York and A$85m to First Quadrant in California. FirstChoice, which now has a 3% allocation to alternatives, is a platform for employers of small to medium businesses to superannuation plans for their employees.

Australia is the fastest growing pension fund market in the Asia region, says Triple A, an investment advisory group based in Sydney.
B. Gravrand

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