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 …

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 …