CPG Research & Advisory

About

Independence, Experience, Trust

 

An independent asset consultant

CPG Research & Advisory Pty Limited (CPG) works with  wholesale investors to develop, implement and manage their investment portfolio/s. 

CPG is a leading provider of independent investment consulting services.  Offering comprehensive customised solutions to a broad range of institutional investors such as superannuation funds, insurers, local authorities, government agencies, universities, foundations, not-for-profit organisations and firms that service the wealth management sector. CPG  is regarded as Australia’s foremost researcher of enhanced cash investment. 

CPG is Sydney based and services clients all over Australia, including regional areas. CPG has approximately 60 clients across Australia, and has in excess of $10 billion in assets under advice with more than 50 institutional clients. CPG has 27 years as an independent advisor and asset consultant. Clients have been as geographically diverse as Bahrain, Kwinana (WA), Kingsborough (TAS), Townsville (QLD) and Auckland (NZ).

The range of services and advice available includes:

  • Setting investment strategy and objectives.

  • Evaluate risks and set the optimum asset allocation.

  • Research, model and monitor, the right blend of managers.

  • Structure and stress test investment portfolios

  • Implement "tilts" as necessary.

  • Comply with relevant legislation.

  • Continually evaluate risks, asset allocation, investments and managers.

  • Provide meaningful reports to clients.

  • Advice on asset transition management services.

 
 

Our AFS License

CPG is licensed by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) to provide investment advice to wholesale investors (AFSL 243361). 

CPG is licensed to:

  1. provide financial product advice to wholesale clients for the following classes of financial products:

    1. deposit and payment products limited to:

      1. basic deposit products;

      2. deposit products other than basic deposit products;

    2. debentures, stocks or bonds issued or proposed to be issued by a government;

    3. interests in managed investment schemes excluding investor directed portfolio services;

    4. securities; and

    5. Superannuation.

  2. deal in a financial product by:

    1. applying for, acquiring, varying or disposing of a financial product on behalf of wholesale clients in respect of the following classes of products:

      1. deposit and payment products limited to:

        1. basic deposit products;

        2. deposit products other than basic deposit products;

      2. debentures, stocks or bonds issued or proposed to be issued by a government;

      3. interests in managed investment schemes excluding investor directed portfolio services;

      4. securities; and

      5. superannuation.

Our Independence

CPG does not manage assets or manufacture products for sale to its clients anywhere in the world.  As such we are one of the very few truly independent global providers of investment consulting services.

Unlike our competitors, CPG does not issue, distribute or underwrite its own investment funds or securities, does not trade as principal and does not act as a market maker in securities.

In making our “independence” statement we have applied the following eight point test.  We would recommend you apply this test to any advisor who makes a similar claim of independence.

  1. Ownership and/or control of the advisor is not held by a product manufacturer.

  2. Transparent advisory fees that are billed and paid by the client directly. Not paid in the form of an upfront commission or ongoing basis point trail.    

  3. Staff remuneration arrangements are aligned with the interests of clients and not based on the volume of product sold.

  4. Recommended Products are drawn from the whole market and are not restricted to a small number of manufacturers.

  5. Advisor does not issue, distribute or underwrite investment products.  

  6. Advisor does not act as a market maker in securities.

  7. Advisor does not trade as principal in securities.

  8. Advisor is not influenced or controlled by any product provider. 

 

Our Team

CPG has an experienced team of investment specialist and analysts dedicated to providing professional and value adding advice to clients.

To ensure that the number and quality of staff remains appropriate to the number of clients, we limit the number of major clients that each senior consultant is responsible for.

The CPG consulting team consists of industry qualified consultants with an extensive background in managed funds research and/or portfolio management and asset consulting.

Our primary focus is on the provision of a quality service, and our consulting model is based on our consultants working closely with each of our clients.

 
 

Chief Executive

Andrew Vallner

Andrew has worked in investment management, research and consulting for 23 years and is currently Managing Director at CPG Research & Advisory, an independent asset consulting firm. He previously managed institutional money for the CUNA Mutual Group and pioneered a multi-manager listed investment company (LIC) approach as an institutional investment strategy, which strongly outperformed. Andrew maintains an active interest in LIC research today.

At CPG, Andrew publicly flagged the risk from various fixed interest defaults in Australia in May 2007, before recommending credit securities in late November 2008 and a model portfolio of defensive assets in February 2009, which returned over 100% by the end of 2010. His clients have frequently topped national performance surveys.

Andrew has been an expert speaker at global events in Australia and Overseas on topics including Credit investing and Alternatives investing. Andrew contributes LIC, credit, alternatives and his broad multi-asset expertise to the DAC Investment Committee.

Andrew was selected by the World Bank to advise the $17 billion Sri Lankan Employees Provident Fund. This was the result of an extensive global search.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, a Senior Fellow of Finsia, and a member of IMCA. He holds a Bachelor in Economics, and a Masters of Applied Finance.

 
 

 
 

Head of research

Mohamed Hage

Mohamed is an Internationally experienced senior executive with more than 15 years global experience across banking, asset management and  investing. 

 Mohamed is widely  recognised thought leader providing insights and analysis across asset classes, regions, investment styles, policies and economies. He has been published on international investments and finance topics and spoken at many conferences, public institutions and other organisations including the APAC Investment Summit, Middle Eastern Investment Summit and the Alternative Investment Summit. Mohamed has also developed and delivered research insights into portfolio construction, asset allocation and investment markets.

Mohamed received the 2017 NSW Premiers medal for economic participation, recognising outstanding success in fostering economic and investment activities for the state of NSW.

Mohamed is also the NSW Chairman of the Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce of and Industry.  

He obtained his graduate and post-graduate degrees in Commerce and Business with a specialisation in Finance and management.


 
 

 
 

Advisor Fixed Interest

Vipul Gupta

Vipul Gupta had been working with banking & financial organisations since 2006. His responsibilities include providing active advice as per the risk assessment into Fixed Income, Funds, and Structured products by conducting research and consulting. Vipul has adhered to Compliance and practices laid down by the law & ensured that transactions are processed with a high level of accuracy and commitment.

He has provided backup for the operations department, liaising with both custodian and administrator. He has also been an integral part in servicing clients and providing reports on an on-going basis.

Vipul actively monitors and review clients’ portfolio performance & advice on appropriate investment opportunities keep it in line with client’s goals. Recommending revised strategy according to changing market conditions. He was instrumental in acquisition & development of positive business relationship by visiting customers regularly and ensuring highly satisfied customer relationships by monitoring prompt and courteous service to the customers.

Vipul holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning & RG146 – Tier 1.

 
 

 
 

Senior Analyst

Rick Lu

Experienced Senior Analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Model Portfolios, Portfolio Management, Reporting & Analysis, Financial Risk, and Microsoft Excel.

Responsible for analyzing and making supporting recommendations on asset allocation positioning, portfolio construction and investment manager strategies for CPG’s institutional and wholesale clients. This includes provides performance, attribution, and risk calculations on a wide range of asset classes.

Rick is holding degrees of Master of Accounting from Curtin University and Master of Commerce, Major in Finance from University of Wollongong. Before that, Rick finished his Bachelor of Mathematics from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Before came to Australia to continue his study, Rick worked as an underwriter assistant in China Pacific Property Insurance Co., Ltd, part of China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co., Ltd.

 
 

 
 

Analyst

Justin De Rosa

Justin De Rosa commenced his career as an undergraduate at CPG Research & Advisory early 2015 whilst completing his Economics degree, majoring in Economics and Finance at the University of Sydney.

Justin provides clients with frequent, meaningful and insightful reports including regular economic commentaries.

Justin largely contributes to the compilation and maintenance of client portfolios by adopting a variety of investment strategies and processes to enhance client risk-adjusted returns.

Additional responsibilities include providing fund manager research and monthly fund compliance checks related to managed funds within the Beacon Financial Group. Additionally, he assembled presentations for fellow members of the CPG team to be presented at a variety of global investment conferences.