Underfunded Plan Status, Poor Returns Go Hand in Hand: CRR Study

A study recently released by The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, titled Stability in Overall Pension Plan Funding Masks a Growing Divide—which looks at the funding ratios of state and local pension plans around the country—finds that the pension plans that ranked lowest in terms of funding status also reported the lowest returns on their …

IA Strategy: NMSIC Formulates Pre-Recession Strategy: More Cash, Less Public Equities

Robert “Vince” Smith, chief investment officer (CIO), of the $24 billion New Mexico State Investment Council (NMSIC), a permanent endowment for the state of New Mexico and the third largest domestic sovereign wealth fund in the U.S., is all about planning ahead. In a roundtable discussion at MarketsGroup’s Southwest Forum in New Mexico, in September, Smith said …

Investors in Alternatives Seeking Separate Accounts and Co-investments

Over the next five years, institutional investors in alternative assets will be looking to increase their investments in separate accounts and co-investments at the expense of pooled or commingled structures, for reasons of greater control and potentially lower management fees, according to a report just published by research and data firm Preqin, titled The Future …

Pensions Replacing Fixed Income with Alternative Credit: Gapstow

According to a report released by Gapstow Capital Partners, an investment advisor that focuses exclusively on credit, many U.S. pension funds are now beefing up their alternative credit allocations, in many cases by decreasing investment in traditional fixed income. “We saw a lot of interest in alternative credit coming at the expense of traditional fixed …

Cambridge Report: Gender-Lens Investing Delivers Differentiated Investment Edge

Cambridge Associates has released a new report, Gender Lens Investing: Impact Opportunities Through Gender Equity, which offers institutional investors insight into investing using a “gender-lens” approach as a way to make a mission-related impact as well as diversify their portfolio’s risks and returns. “Diversity of thought and perspective can give you different opportunities and deliver diversification …

IA Strategy: New York Common Retirement Fund Delves into the Complexities of Investing in Private Debt

Reginald D. Tucker, senior investment officer of opportunistic investments and absolute return strategies at the New York Common Retirement Fund (NYCRF) spoke with IA about the fund’s allocation to private debt, a fairly new asset class for the fund. Tucker gave details about the breakdown of the asset type in the fund’s opportunistic portfolio, the returns it …

New Mexico CIOs Address Their Biggest Concerns

At its Southwest Institutional Forum in Santa Fe, N.M. on September 20, Markets Group gathered together three New Mexico-based institutional investors to discuss a variety of investment-related topics. They included Bob Jacksha, chief investment officer, New Mexico Educational Retirement System, which administers $13 billion; Robert “Vince” Smith, chief investment officer, New Mexico State Investment Council, …

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 …

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 …

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 …