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Melbourne Cup 2017: The Luck of the Irish – Johannes Vermeer to Win

The Melbourne Cup is the premier race on the Australian thoroughbred calendar and it's time to run the rule over the field again and try to predict the winner. This is our 4th year performing analytics on the Cup, and to date, our picks have come in 1st (Protectionist, 2014), 4th (Trip to Paris, 2015), and 3rd (Hartnell, 2016).

Under Cover – do Australians have enough Life Insurance?

Much of the conversation about the finances of Australians focuses on housing, mortgage interest rates and the level of debt for Australian households. How many of us have thought about the level of life insurance we have and whether the level of cover is appropriate?

The MySuper Product Dashboard

For almost 3 years now employers have been obliged to make default superannuation contributions to an authorised MySuper product, as part of the Stronger Super reforms announced by the Australian Government in 2011. We take a look at the effectiveness of the MySuper Dashboard introduced as part of the reforms and examine some of the measures reported.

Jack of all Trades – Resourcing the Investment Management Product Function

The role of product management within an investment management organisation is one of the most misunderstood.  If ‘Product’ isn’t responsible for investment performance, sales or operations, how critical is it and how does an organisation best resource this function?

Bridge Ranks #35 in 2016 BRW Fast Starters List

For the second year in a row, Bridge has been recognised for outstanding business growth in the BRW Fast Starters list.

Melbourne Cup 2016: Bookies and Big Data Agree Hartnell to Win

Horse racing, like business, can be an unpredictable affair. Last year, Prince of Penzance won the Melbourne Cup with odds of 101 to one, becoming the equal longest priced winner in the history of the race, and the first horse since 1940 to win at those odds. The difficult-to-predict win delivered us a healthy serve of humble pie.

Bridge Lends a Hand to OzHarvest to Feed People in Need

Bridge Gives is our initiative aimed at giving back to the community. We’ve been so impressed with OzHarvest and the tireless work they do feeding people in need, so we were more than happy to team up with them again this year to cook up a storm and deliver some goodness to people who are less fortunate than most of us.

Bridge Launches Product Advisory Service

Bridge is excited to announce the launch of its Product Advisory Service, providing product strategy, development and governance services to clients in the wealth and investment management industry.

Building the Right Investment Data Model

Earlier this month Bridge hosted roundtable discussions in Melbourne and Sydney on approaches taken by investment managers and superannuation funds to build the right data model.

What Asset Managers REALLY NEED from their Custodian

The competitive landscape for Custodians continues to get tougher. On one hand, the needs of their clients are becoming more complex and difficult to fulfil whilst there is a squeeze on fees and a reduction of revenues from the traditional sources such as FX, cash and stock lending.  

 

Bridge Launches Singapore Office

Singapore, 16 April 2016 - Bridge Consulting (Singapore Pte Ltd) (‘Bridge’), a specialist financial services management consultancy, today announced the official opening of its Singapore office to better meet the needs of its clients based in Asia.

Is the current ORFR approach the best way to protect against operational risk?

Recognising the fact that superannuation funds, particularly non-retail funds, generally do not have sufficient shareholder reserves. APRA requires funds to set aside an amount to meet the costs of errors and other losses that may arise as a consequence of investment or operational activities. 

Outsourcing Middle Office - Reaching its Full Potential for Both Sides

Outsourcing middle office functions to custodians has been a consistent theme over the past five years. Unfortunately this has been met with mixed success. In many cases the services do not live up to the promise made by custodians and fund manager expectations, whilst sometimes unreasonable, have not been met.

To see what’s possible let us look at a possible future scenario.

Bridge Proudly Supports Superannuation Fund Award Winner!

Last night’s AIST Awards for Excellence and Leader Development Scholarships celebrated the amazing work of those working within the not-for-profit superannuation sector striving to deliver projects, campaigns and solutions that are in the best interests of their members.

Melbourne Cup 2015: Can We Predict the Winner Two Years Running?

The Melbourne Cup is the premier race on the Australian thoroughbred calendar and it has arrived.  After successfully picking the winner last year, we’re really feeling the pressure this year to prove that it was no fluke!

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