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Colonial First State Global Asset Management is the consolidated asset management subsidiary of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. We have experience across a range of asset classes and specialist investment sectors with offices located in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Dubai, New York, Louisville, Paris, Frankfurt, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Jakarta and Auckland; and are represented in Beijing and Shenzhen through the First State Cinda joint venture.

We are known for the independent and focused nature of our investment teams. Each team is comprised of experienced specialists and analysts who set their own investment philosophy and are not constrained by one overarching style or process. We are stewards of our clients’ assets and our long-term investment horizons align with the timeframes of our clients. Our investment teams cover equities, debt, multi-sector and unlisted infrastructure. Many of these teams are market leaders in their sectors with exceptional portfolio management and technical experience.

www.cfsgam.com.au.

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Analysis of Labor’s dividend imputation proposal

On 13 March 2018, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) announced that if it wins the next election it will amend the imputation system to make excess imputation credits non-refundable from 1 July 2019.

Physical impacts of climate change

Climate change is causing a wide range of physical impacts with serious implications for investors and businesses. While weather variability and extremes have always existed, satellite and other observations show that temperatures are increasing which is causing extreme weather events to become more frequent and intense.

  • 6 December 2018

2018 Responsible Investment Report

Over the past five years, CFSGAM’s approach to responsible investment has focused on its investment processes and long-term risk adjusted financial returns. Pablo Berrutti, Head of Responsible Investment Asia Pacific, says, “We believe climate breakdown has diverse, urgent and complex implications for investors and the companies we invest in.

  • 7 November 2018

American infrastructure exceptionalism

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  • 25 July 2018

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  • 28 June 2018

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  • 29 March 2018

Make America Great Again: listed infrastructure has a plan

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  • 22 February 2018

Why sustainability matters for listed infrastructure

The essential service nature and large environmental footprints of infrastructure assets make sustainability considerations a vital part of doing business.

  • 22 November 2017

Robots, Artificial Intelligence and the future of jobs

Macquarie University, as part of its Lighthouse Lecture Series, recently hosted a discussion by world renowned labour economist, Professor Richard Freeman from Harvard University on “Employment and Income in the Age of Robots”.

  • 7 September 2017

Global listed infrastructure securities: Past, present, future

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  • 3 August 2017

2017 Responsible Investment and Stewardship Report

CFSGAM’s approach to responsible investment (RI) and stewardship is detailed in this 10th anniversary report, covering the 2016 calendar year.

  • 26 June 2017

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  • 19 April 2017

Non-concessional cap: Update on proposed changes

The Government has announced it won’t proceed with the lifetime non-concessional contributions cap proposed in the 2016–17 Federal Budget, which would have applied from Budget night and included eligible contributions made since 1 July 2007.

  • 6 October 2016

The continuing search for growth

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  • 5 September 2016

Infrastructure and the tangible value of time

This travel diary explores the tangible value of time through three case studies of good infrastructure, from toll roads in Melbourne to airports in Tijuana to mobile towers in Dallas. Investors need to watch for potential change, but the demand for good infrastructure will continue to increase.

  • 21 July 2016

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