Frontier Advisors is Australia’s leading independent asset consultant. We have been successfully advising Australian institutional investors since 1994. With some of the nation’s leading analysts and advisors in our team, we provide advice to institutional investors across the superannuation, liability-driven, charity, public sector and higher education sectors. We have over 70 people working in our team and A$390 billion in assets under advice.
Frontier has four shareholders: AustralianSuper, Cbus, HESTA and FIRST Super. Our owners direct us to focus solely on investment advice and research. Their primary interest in owning Frontier has always been, and remains, ensuring a strong and truly independent asset consulting practice exists to serve Australian institutional investors.
Frontier provides a truly differentiated proposition for the Australian institutional investment market. To evolve with the changing needs of our client base, we have professionals with extensive specialist experience to focus on in-depth research into key areas such as equities, property, debt and infrastructure. At the same time, we have continued to develop and harness broad generalist consulting skills. This balance of specialist and generalist skills, combined with exceptional client service skills, delivers a flexible offering for our clients. Frontier has a firm conviction around the importance of unconflicted advice. Frontier does not offer investment products, has no commercial affiliation with investment managers or banks, and we do not receive any commissions for our advice.
Specifically with regard to responsible investment, we continue to develop our approach, further integrating ESG factors into the advice we provide to clients. We are also continually working to embed the assessment of key ESG risks and opportunities into our investment and manager research, and actively engage with the funds management industry on these issues. Fund manager approaches to ESG forms a significant part of the due diligence undertaken by each Research Team. We seek to understand if managers are genuine in the incorporation of ESG matters, and ESG incorporation is formally assessed as part of our manager ratings process. We recognise that there is no “one size fits all” approach for responsible investment, with tailored advice provided across the client base, given the diversity in our clients’ ESG philosophy and level of specialisation within their internal teams.