Colorado Finalizing Latest Five-Year Plan; A/L Study Due in June

The approximately $49.5 billion Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) is entering the final stages of an asset-liability (A/L) study that it expects to be completed by June. The study is being administered simultaneously with the implementation of a five-year “strategic” plan that is intended to be a blueprint for PERA to achieve certain aspirational …

Asset Owner Profile: Montana’s Cullen Casts Himself as Lifelong Learner

Joe Cullen is the chief investment officer for the Montana Board of Investments (MBOI). Having held various roles with many types of financial institutions across a 25-year-plus career, has provided him with broad perspective on finance and investment and industry trends, as well as opportunities to learn from some “great people.” He says his career …

What Would Freud Say? Texas Muni Puts Managers to the (Psyche) Test

Chris Schelling, director, private equity, at Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS), has long had an interest in psychology. He majored in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before going on to receive his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MS in financial markets from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  …

NJ Names Investment Director; Considers Cutting Fossil-Fuel Holdings from Portfolio

The New Jersey State Treasurer last week named Corey Amon as the permanent director of the New Jersey Division of Investment (DOI), the state agency responsible for the management of New Jersey’s $76 billion-plus public pension system. Separately, the Division confirmed at its monthly meeting, last Wednesday, that a study of the asset allocation of …

Investment Strategy: Kentucky System Looks to Take Advantage of Coming Distressed Cycle

The investment team at the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS),which includes the Kentucky Employees Retirement System, the County Employees Retirement System, and the State Police Retirement System, is preparing for what they believe is a coming recession, by looking for opportunities to invest in distressed assets. It is also lightening its public equities exposure, moving more fixed income and stocks into …