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First Sentier Investors

First Sentier Investors (formerly Colonial First State Global Asset Management) operates as a standalone global asset management business following its acquisition by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in August 2019.

Since our inception in 1988, we have evolved into a global fund manager with a client base that extends across Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America. We work together across multiple global markets, with more than 800 employees collaborating to achieve our vision to be a world-leading provider of active, specialist investment capabilities.

In addition to First Sentier Investors, our brands include FSSA Investment Managers, Stewart Investors and Realindex. The rebrand to First Sentier Investors will extend to regions outside of Australia, where the business is known as First State Investments, in 2020.

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.firstsentierinvestors.com.au.

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Should sin stocks, those companies who engage in activities that are considered unethical or immoral, be excluded from a portfolio, or would this compromise potential performance?

Tony Togher on why cash isn’t just cash

An active manager of cash and fixed interest funds can achieve higher returns than the cash rate through a selection of other securities while managing both liquidity and income for clients.

Have bonds reached the end of the line?

Some investors are questioning the role of bonds with such low rates, but they remain an important part of a diversified portfolio for several reasons. Don't give up on them yet.

How ‘residential for rent’ may change Australian housing

Australia has lagged many developed countries in providing top quality rental accommodation owned by institutions, but it is changing, driven by social preferences, affordability and investor needs.

Peter Meany on global trends in infrastructure assets

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CFSGAM rebrands to First Sentier Investors

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Numerous studies point to travel by plane as one of the most emissions-intensive modes of travel. Given this is unlikely to change anytime soon, what is the best way to fly guilt-free?

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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.

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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

A tale of two styles: value and growth

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Make America Great Again: listed infrastructure has a plan

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Few investors are as influential as Warren Buffett, although for the moment, the market is ignoring his caution. The annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway revealed Buffett did not use the heavy market falls in February to buy shares. Rather than 'buy when others are fearful', he was a net seller of US$6 billion for the quarter, disposing of all airline shares. Berkshire is sitting on US$137 billion in cash, suggesting he expects better buying opportunities to come.

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