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Mr. Paul Laband A K

Head of Asset Consulting

Towers Perrin

HQ Phone: (203) 326-5400

Towers Perrin

One Stamford Plaza 263 Tresser Boulevard

Stamford, Connecticut 06901

United States

Company Description

Towers Perrin is one of the world's largest management, human resource consulting and administration firms. It helps organizations manage their investment in people to achieve measurable performance improvements, focusing on human resource strategy and se... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Roles

UniSuper

Co-Head of Asset Consulting

Russell Investments Limited

Associate

Iimr Inc

Chief Executive Officer of National Asset Management

OffshoreChoices.com

Affiliations

Member
Australian Institute of Company Directors

Member of the Salvation Army Investment Committee, Beneficiary Fund
Telstra Super Investment Committee and Uniting Church

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Paul Laband, the national ...

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Paul Laband, the national head of Towers Perrin's asset consulting practice, says it has been very clear over the past two years that a rising number of super funds have begun making hedge fund investments a part of their allocation strategies. "We have supported that investment on the basis of diversification."

However, he says a distinction needs to be drawn between hedge funds as a separate asset class and a separate asset style.
Laband says while a 5 per cent allocation seems appropriate and prudent, he believes that the allocation will probably grow beyond that figure over time.
He regards APRA's statement as a warning to super funds to be rigorous in their assessment of hedge funds and to do their homework. But he adds that there is very clearly a future for hedge funds as an asset allocation tied up with the prevailing structural environment.
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Paul Laband, head of asset consulting at Towers Perrin HR Services, will become co-head of asset consulting at Russell Investment Group Australia. ...


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- Paul Laband is director of Asset Consulting with Towers Perrin


ASFA: Superfunds

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Towers Perrin's director of asset consulting, Paul Laband, says his firm has been sounding warnings for some time."We have been telling clients for the last couple of years that we are heading into an environment where investment returns will be lower, but that there won't be any reduction in volatility," he says.

Laband believes funds are progressively taking this on board: "Funds should not be reacting to the market decline, but they should be thinking about the change in the total environment."
He expects to see funds make significant changes within the composition of their growth assets, placing greater emphasis on income producing assets such as property, as well as taking more interest in absolute return assets.Although alternative investments will remain a small part of most fund portfolios, Laband expects the market downturn to accelerate the growth of investments in hedge funds.
In equities, he argues that selection of managers will become much more important and expects there to be greater differentiation between equity managers.Laband also expects that a sustained period of low returns will make life more difficult for index funds."If returns are going to be lower, then if you can get an extra 1% out of an active manager, that's going to be much more important," he says.


ASFA: Superfunds

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Towers Perrin's director of asset consulting, Paul Laband, says his firm has been sounding warnings for some time."We have been telling clients for the last couple of years that we are heading into an environment where investment returns will be lower, but that there won't be any reduction in volatility," he says.

Laband believes funds are progressively taking this on board: "Funds should not be reacting to the market decline, but they should be thinking about the change in the total environment."
He expects to see funds make significant changes within the composition of their growth assets, placing greater emphasis on income producing assets such as property, as well as taking more interest in absolute return assets.Although alternative investments will remain a small part of most fund portfolios, Laband expects the market downturn to accelerate the growth of investments in hedge funds.
In equities, he argues that selection of managers will become much more important and expects there to be greater differentiation between equity managers.Laband also expects that a sustained period of low returns will make life more difficult for index funds."If returns are going to be lower, then if you can get an extra 1% out of an active manager, that's going to be much more important," he says.

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