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, …

Asset Owner Profile: Chicago Teachers’ Burbridge Driven to Keep a Promise

Charles “Chuck” Burbridge is executive director of the approximately $11 billion Public School Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago (Chicago Teachers or CTPF). Boasting a 40-year-plus professional career in economics, finance and academia (he was twice an adjunct professor), Burbridge has witnessed myriad changes in pension fund administration and investment, lending him a clear-eyed perspective acquired only by long service. It’s the kind …

Johns Hopkins Investment Officer Exits, Enrolls at Penn State

Jim Steinbugl, an investment officer who worked on private equity and other asset classes at Johns Hopkins University’s endowment, has departed the endowment to join Penn State University’s endowment, David Branigan, chief executive officer, Office of Investment Management at Penn State, confirmed.  “Yes, we hired Jim into a new position a couple of weeks ago,” …

The Future of Obligations-Based Investing, Preserving DB Benefit Plans

Panelists at Markets Group’s Sixth Annual Texas Institutional Forum, in Austin, gathered together to tackle the pros and cons of implementing obligation-based or liability-driven investment (LDI) policies at pension funds. The discussion was predicated on the idea that the typically complicated process of administering the investments of a pension plan can be simplified, somewhat, by focusing on a fund’s …

Endowment CIOs Score Seven Percent-Plus Pay Growth: Skorina

The typical endowment chief investment officer’s (CIO) pay has been growing at a compound rate of more than seven percent per year, according executive search firm Charles A. Skorina & Company. In a report published by the firm last week that updates its previous report on CIO compensation published last month (IA, 11/8), the firm says …