bfinance Targets US

bfinance, a London-based institutional investment consultancy with a unique business model and a growing global presence, is taking steps to expand its business in the U.S. Having established a one-man office in Chicago last year—manned by Jason Pomatto, managing director—the firm plans to bring on half a dozen or so more staff in Chicago over …

Texas ERS Stays Abreast of Asian Opportunities by Visiting   

Concerns over an escalating trade war and volatility in the Asian markets notwithstanding, some U.S. institutions continue to venture Eastward. This week, Institutional Allocator consulted Employees’ Retirement System of Texas (ERS) CIO Tom Tull on his top reasons for being bullish on Japan and China-specific investment strategies. What’s his number-one technique for understanding opportunities and …

New Mexico Funds Fashion Private Debt Benchmarks that Fit

Finding effective benchmark measures for private debt has proven challenging to even the most nimble-minded institutional investment practitioners. Nevertheless, some chief investment officers and portfolio managers at pension funds and endowments are coming up with their own ways to solve, at least in-part, this diverse asset class’s benchmarking issues. IA’s Managing Editor Leslie Kramer spoke with …

bfinance Asset-Owner Survey Finds More Complex, Diverse Portfolios; Lower AM fees

Over the last three years, extending a trend that began in the wake of the financial crisis, the average institutional investor has transitioned its investment portfolio to one that is not only more complex and diverse, but which features a greater proportion of illiquid investments, according to the findings of the 2018 Global Asset Owner …

Consultants Grapple with Private Debt Benchmarking

Private credit, a relatively new asset class, offers investors a large, multi-asset class that encompasses a variety of niche strategies. While the term “private debt” is not well defined by the industry, “We estimate the size of the U.S. middle market at around $400 billion, and adding distressed would bring that number much higher,” said  Stephen …

IA Strategy: CIO of Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Reimagines Investment Structure  

Wei Huang, chief investment officer of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations, knew changes had to be made when 15 months ago he took over the fund from Jack Pohl, who had been CIO for nearly 32 years. The almost 80-year-old foundation, with $1.5 billion in assets under management, was over-diversified and outdated, in Huang’s opinion. …

As AMs Ramp-up Tech, Institutions Must Clarify Their Needs

The investment data and transparency demands of some institutional investors, and their drive to reduce asset management costs, have had a “transformative” effect on technology development in the investment industry, since the financial crisis, according to investment consultants and tech-sector specialists. They caution, however, that to optimize how they adopt or use these new tools, institutions …

With Private Credit Strategy Benchmarks Proving Inapt, Researchers Say LLI May be Best Bet

Many consultants and investors face a conundrum when trying to formulate a performance benchmark for private credit.  There are a variety of product types within the asset class, making it hard to evaluate them all under one roof. Researchers also point to the evolving nature of the asset class, which includes a relatively small number of …

Northern Trust Names Head of Asset Servicing, Americas

Northern Trust has named Dan Houlihan as head of asset servicing, Americas, a newly-created position responsible for delivering the full range of front, middle and back office services to both asset owners and asset managers across the region. In his new role, Houlihan will lead Northern Trust’s business servicing institutional investors across the Americas, including corporations, …