Colorado Finalizing Latest Five-Year Plan; A/L Study Due in June

The approximately $49.5 billion Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) is entering the final stages of an asset-liability (A/L) study that it expects to be completed by June. The study is being administered simultaneously with the implementation of a five-year “strategic” plan that is intended to be a blueprint for PERA to achieve certain aspirational …

Asset Owner Profile: Montana’s Cullen Casts Himself as Lifelong Learner

Joe Cullen is the chief investment officer for the Montana Board of Investments (MBOI). Having held various roles with many types of financial institutions across a 25-year-plus career, has provided him with broad perspective on finance and investment and industry trends, as well as opportunities to learn from some “great people.” He says his career …

NJ Names Investment Director; Considers Cutting Fossil-Fuel Holdings from Portfolio

The New Jersey State Treasurer last week named Corey Amon as the permanent director of the New Jersey Division of Investment (DOI), the state agency responsible for the management of New Jersey’s $76 billion-plus public pension system. Separately, the Division confirmed at its monthly meeting, last Wednesday, that a study of the asset allocation of …

Consultants Give Nod to Planned SEC Market-Competitiveness Review

Growing concerns about the potentially negative effects of fund manager consolidation, including downward fee pressure and rising technology costs on smaller- and medium-sized fund providers has gotten the Securities and Exchange Commission’s attention; The SEC’s Division of Investment Management now plans a review of the impact of this trend this year that will include an …

Across the Board on ESG

With this edition of Institutional Allocator, we bring you this new feature we’ve dubbed Across the Board. In it, IA asks its advisory board members–who collectively represent broad investment industry expertise–to share thoughtful observations on selected industry themes and topics. To Inaugurate the feature, IA recently asked board members to comment on a few basic …

Asset Owner Profile: Ariz. Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Black Follows the Money

Cameron Black is chief investment officer and treasurer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona in Phoenix. He is responsible for the company’s short- and long-term investment strategies and overseas its risk management. Prior to joining BCBSAZ, Black held positions in television production, was an independent investment adviser and a director in the foundation arm of a biomedical research institute. …

LA Water & Power Preps PE Pursuit

The approximately $15 billion Los Angeles Water & Power Employees’ Retirement Plan (WPERP) intends to commit $400 million to private equity this year and continue to deploy capital in private equity to achieve its long-term strategic allocation target, Jeremy Wolfson, chief investment officer, confirmed. WPERP has adopted a target allocation to private equity of 8% …

St Louis Sewer Sets Aon to Task on Asset/Liability Study

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD), which late last year engaged Aon as its new general consultant, has set the firm to work on its first project: an asset/liability study that it expects the firm will complete by the end of March. According to Tim Snoke, MSD secretary-treasurer, prior to hiring Aon, MSD had …

Aussie Coal Mine Court Ruling Illuminates Reg. Risk in ESG Investing

The decision by an Australian court earlier this month to prohibit the opening of a coal mine because the mine would contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and set back the fight against climate change is being characterized by some socially responsible investing specialists as a judicial first in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) …

CTPF Jumps Into Africa

Investors’ Long Day’s Journey into Africa Investing Continues The approximately $11 billion Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund (CTPF) evidently was attentive and took careful notes as part of a delegation of investors that visited South Africa in the spring of 2017, and Senegal and South Africa one year later. The upshot: At its Jan.17 board meeting, …