California County System Poaches NY Common’s Sr. Invest. Officer Tucker

Reginald D. Tucker, senior investment officer of opportunistic investments and absolute return strategies at the New York Common Retirement Fund (NYCRF), is leaving his post after five years to join The Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) in a newly created managing director position, he confirmed. At OCERS, he will continue to source investments across all asset classes …

CalPERS’s Departing Board Prez Priya Mathur on New Initiative to Address Workplace Sexual Harassment

A coalition of trustees, which includes the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, (CalSTRS), the Los Angeles County Employees’ Retirement Association (LACERA) and the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (LACERS), have launched the Trustees United Principles. Priya Mathur, outgoing board president of CalPERS, told IA that the principles …

Single-Digit Level Returns for Developed Equities in 2019: Cambridge Predicts

Analysts, consultants and asset managers have all been weighing in with their 2019 investment outlooks, forecasts and reports. Many are emphasizing the geopolitical and macro-economic risks that are bearing down on the market. Cambridge Associates shares those concerns. “But we also look at fundamentals and valuations, and the picture there is a little less gloomy …

IA Strategy: Univ. of Utah Endowment Eyeing “Specialty” Investments

The $1.1 billion University of Utah endowment is currently talking to several “specialty investment” managers with an eye toward investing in the niche asset class in 2019. “Based on our research, some of the attractive non-correlated strategies we’ve identified are: litigation finance, life settlements, and oil and gas royalties,” said Mark Waite, director of endowment …

Texas TRS CIO Sheds Light on Private Equity Progress and Staffing Goals

The Teachers Retirement System of Texas (TRS) with $153 billion in assets under management, unveiled the latest updates to its “Fleet” strategy—a term the system uses to describe its strategy of consolidating funds and its addition of staff, in order to save on fees over time—at its Board meeting last week. The idea behind the …

Asset Owner Spotlight: Robert “Vince” Smith, CIO, New Mexico State Investment Council

Institutional Allocator Managing Editor Leslie Kramer spoke recently with Robert “Vince” Smith, chief investment officer of the New Mexico State Investment Council (NMSIC), a sovereign wealth fund, based in Santa Fe, NM, with a $24 billion permanent endowment.  Smith shared his career trajectory leading to his current job, his passion for his work, the Council’s …

Cal. State’s Controller Betty Yee Speaks from her Seat on CalPERS, CalSTRS Boards

Betty Yee, California’s 32nd state controller and chief financial officer, will this week deliver the Breakfast Welcome Address at Markets Group’s 6th Annual California Institutional Forum in Sonoma. Yee is a board member of the $346.8 billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the $219.2 billion California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the two …

IA Strategy: Ford Foundation Embraces Affordable Housing, Financial Services

The Mission Related Investment fund at the $13 billion Ford Foundation is seeking investments that support the preservation of affordable housing in the U.S. and expanded access to vital financial services to low-income households in the Global South. According to Christine Looney, deputy director of mission investments, investments in these sectors will be administered through the Foundation’s $1 billion …

Arizona PSPRS Rejects Active Management of U.S. Public Equities

When investing in U.S. equities, index funds are the way to go, according to Bill Thatcher, portfolio manager, equities and private credit, at the $10 billion Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement (AZ PSPR). He says he’s done the research to prove it. Thatcher will publish his research on the active versus passive question, which touts his …

Underfunded Plans and Poor Returns Go Hand in Hand: CRR Study

A recent study 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 …