Plan Sponsors’ Downward Pressure on AM Fees May Come at a Cost

The much discussed push by institutional investors to reduce their asset management costs, which has taken hold in earnest since the financial crisis, is now bringing a new question to the fore: will lower fees lead to lower-quality asset management services and to the insolvency of asset managers, some of whom will be forced to …

Inadequate Deal Structures Said to be Slowing Pensions’ Entrée to Impact Investing

Impact investing has piqued the interest of many forward-thinking pension funds, as a way to contribute to positive environmental and social change while also reaping significant returns.  But a lack of appropriately structured and sized investment vehicles may be holding many of them back from doing so. “One reason why impact investing has not drawn more …

Sexual Harassment is Institutions’ Top Emerging Due Diligence Target: IA Survey

Institutional investors surveyed by IA recently on the importance they attach to four ascendant asset-manager engagement due-diligence criteria indicated that they place the most importance on managers’ records on sexual harassment, followed in descending order of importance by their records on environmental, social and governance (ESG), cybersecurity and diversity. In response to a brief thought …

No Place Yet for Cryptocurrency in Institutional Portfolios

Most market practitioners agree that institutional investors, in general, have still not yet warmed up to cryptocurrencies due in part to the lack of regulation governing the new class and volatility in the asset class. Yet, change could be on the horizon. “There are a whole series of specialist investment possibilities that investors could consider, and …

MSBI CIO Mansco Perry Brings Investments Back to the Basics

Reporter Kaitlyn Mitchell recently spoke with Mansco Perry, longtime executive director and chief investment officer (CIO) of the $93.5 billion Minnesota State Board of Investment (MSBI). Perry has had a long career in financial analysis, and has overseen MSBI through excellent returns in his time with the fund—in 2017, the fund had a 15.1% return, …

E&F’s Moving to Make Investments More Impactful

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) investing is all the rage in the institutional investor community. Increasingly, pension funds, endowments and foundations (E&Fs) and asset managers are demanding that the companies in which they invest start implementing ESG guidelines and policies, from the board level to management and all the way down to supply chain operations. …

Advisors Offer Deep Dive into their Real-Asset Investing Strategies

This week, Reporter Kaitlyn Mitchell spoke with institutional investment consultants and managers on how they are advising their institutional clients to invest in real assets. Experts consulted include pros from Aon, Hamilton Lane and Wilshire Associates, and Polsinelli law firm. Many Facets to the Class “The way we define real assets is anything that has …

Public Pension Funds Hesitate to Combine Executive Positions

Of late, many U.S. public pension funds have been actively seeking ways to boost the compensation of their chief investment officers (CIO). But most are hesitant to combine the roles of executive director (ED) and CIO, according to investment professionals, because the skills required for each position can be very different. Alaska Dips a Toe …

NYC Pension Funds’ Push for Board Diversity Yields Impressive Results

The New York City Pension Funds’ (NYC Funds) “Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0” (BAP 2.0), an initiative that pushes for electing more diverse directors on the boards of public companies, has achieved engagement with over 85 of the 151 U.S. companies it has targeted, since the inception of the campaign. Over 35 of those companies are …

Prudent PE Investors Itching to Jump on Better Pricing

The news that private equity investment in the U.S. fell by almost 50% to $41 billion in the second quarter, compared to investments totaling $80 billion in Q2 2017, may have startled some market observers, who had watched the segment hit record heights in 2017. But keen observers remain unfazed, confident that investors will soon be …