CTPF’s CIO Lays Out Factors in Fund’s GP Selection

The approximately $11 billion Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) has a 9% allocation to real estate, 6.9% of which is managed by external asset managers that are general partners (GPs). The fund expends a great deal of time and effort in its selection process for GPs with which to do business. According Angela Miller-May, CTPF’s …

Russell’s CIO Has Three-Step Advice to Handle Market Correction

Russell Investments helps investors manage downside risk in three ways: by diversifying sources of returns, by using a robust dynamic asset allocation process to guide tactical positioning, and by seeking effective implementation capabilities, according to Peter Gunning, the firm’s global chief investment officer and chief executive officer, Asia-Pacific. He added that the firm has been …

CIBC AM’s CEO Says Alts Investing is a Challenge

Liquid alternatives investments represent a wide range of asset classes and strategies giving investors many more moving parts to understand and master than traditional investment solutions, which makes succeeding in the strategy quite a challenge, according to David Scandiffio, president and CEO, CIBC Asset Management. “Given the multifaceted playing field, experience and investment skills are …

Willis Towers Watson Creates Research Uber Boss; Promotes One Other

Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has tapped a new leader for its research operations and promoted one other within the division. The promotions were conferred in a effort to “enhance” the firm’s research offering, and follow other recent senior executive appointments at WTW. Luba Nikulina will take on a new leadership role as head of research, …

Kansas Seeks Deputy Private-Markets Investments Chief

The approximately $20 billion Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) in Topeka is taking steps to recruit a deputy chief investment officer-private markets to fill a slot left vacant by the resignation earlier this month of its previous deputy CIO Dean Roney. Roney left the system for family relocation reasons, according to a press release …

So Far, So Good with RE Debt Market: Verus’ Nicolini

John Nicolini, a managing director and senior consultant with Verus, sees no signs that the real estate lending market is declining.  “Lots of capital is still chasing deals from insurance, banks and private capital, he said, adding that “It will likely take a valuation incident to scare debt capital from the markets.” Nicolini, who is …

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, …