CalSTRS Names Chief of New Investment Strategy and Risk Unit

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) has appointed Geraldine Jimenez as Director of Investment Strategy and Risk, confirmed Scott Chan, CalSTRS’ deputy chief investment officer. The new unit was established in May and is responsible for implementing and monitoring CalSTRS’ overall investment portfolio strategy and risk profile. The new unit’s primary goal is to …

NJ HF Cut Just Latest Action in Industry’s Value-For-Fees Pursuit

The New Jersey Division of Investment’s decision at the close of May to halve the state’s pension funds’ hedge fund allocation to 3% from 6% to save on asset management fees raised nary an eyebrow, viewed by the industry as just business as usual—just another fund in a long and growing list of institutional asset owners …

IA Strategy: Colorado FPPA Targets Summer to Begin A/L Rejig

The Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA) is entering the final stages of an approximately year-long effort to change aspects of its asset allocation and by so doing begin a multi-year process to de-risk approximately one-quarter of its overall investment portfolio, or $1.3 billion. The fund anticipates beginning the implementation of the project …

IA Strategy: Minnesota Endorses $1B Private-Markets Recommendation

The Investment Advisory Council of the Minnesota State Board of Investment (MSBI) has given the thumbs up to a staff recommendation that MSBI make commitments to eight private equity funds, totaling approximately $1 billion.    At a May 20 meeting, the Investment Advisory Council, which provides advice to the $96 billion MSBI and its Executive Director, …

Virginia Says Hello, Goodbye to Managers to Tune of $1.4B

The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) in Richmond has since February terminated asset managers handling accounts within its credit-strategies program, and committed assets to two new managers, amounting to $1.4 billion in transactions. The hires and fires we reported to the fund’s board at its May 13 meeting. “The hiring and terminations presented…were not related to …

Asset Owner Profile: SITFO’s Madsen Believes Institutional Investment Pros are Underappreciated

In 2015, the State of Utah created the Utah School & Institutional Trust Funds Office (SITFO) to manage revenue from natural gas, oil, and the sale of state lands. That year, the trustees of the fund hired Peter Madsen as the fund’s first chief investment officer, a position he holds today.  Having moved around the industry over …

Willis Towers Watson Taps New Leader U.S. Defined Contribution Plan Business

\Willis Towers Watson has appointed Michele Brennan as U.S. Delegated Defined Contribution (DC) Plan Solutions leader, according to a release from the firm. Brennan is based in Chicago and reports to Clint Cary, U.S. head of Delegated Investment Solutions. Brennan has 25 years of experience in various consultant relations, business development, marketing and client servicing …

Shortfall in Women CIOs at Endowments is Mysterious: Skorina

Executive search firm Charles A. Skorina & Company has reviewed the number of women CIOs at big endowments and finds the shortfall in the number of women in this role “mysterious,” according to a report yesterday from the firm.  Among 109 North American endowments with more than $1 billion in assets under management, the firm …

IA Strategy: Pentegra Treads Path Less Risky to Fund Liabilities

Pentegra, a White Plains, New York-based provider of retirement plan, fiduciary outsourcing and institutional investment solutions to clients across the U.S., with approximately $14 billion on its platform, is generally risk-averse when it comes to managing defined benefit pension plan assets and seeks the best risk-adjusted returns it can deliver over time. “For us, this …

South Carolina Seeks Shaved Fees through Co-Investments; Considers Simplified Asset Allocation

The approximately $31 billion South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission (RSIC) is moving to embark on a private equity co-investment venture with an asset management firm to reduce the cost of its private equity portfolio. Also, the RSIC’s consultant, Meketa Investment Group, is working with the fund’s staff on an asset allocation review with the …