Asset Allocation, Asset Managers, Defined Benefit, Emerging Managers, Endowments/Foundations, Institutional Investors, Private Equity, Public Funds

Single-Digit Level Returns for Developed Equities in 2019: Cambridge Predicts

Analysts, consultants and asset managers have all been weighing in with their 2019 investment outlooks, forecasts and reports. Many are emphasizing the geopolitical and macro-economic risks that are bearing down on the market. Cambridge Associates shares those concerns. “But we also look at fundamentals and valuations, and the picture there is a little less gloomy …

Alternatives, Asset Managers, Endowments/Foundations, Institutional Investors

IA Strategy: Univ. of Utah Endowment Eyeing “Specialty” Investments

The $1.1 billion University of Utah endowment is currently talking to several “specialty investment” managers with an eye toward investing in the niche asset class in 2019. “Based on our research, some of the attractive non-correlated strategies we’ve identified are: litigation finance, life settlements, and oil and gas royalties,” said Mark Waite, director of endowment …

Asset Allocation, Asset Managers, Asset Servicing, Defined Benefit, Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Private Equity, Public Funds

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 …

Alternatives, Asset Allocation, Asset Managers, Consultants, Defined Benefit, Governance, Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Performance Measurement, Private Equity, Public Funds

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 …

Asset Allocation, Corporate Funds, Defined Benefit, Endowments/Foundations, Governance, Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Public Funds, Retirement Income

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 …

Compensation, Endowments/Foundations, Governance, Institutional Investors

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 …

Defined Benefit, ESG/SRI, Governance, Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, People, Private Equity, Public Funds, Retirement Income

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 …

Alternatives, Asset Allocation, Asset Managers, Emerging Managers, Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Public Funds

Texas ERS, PAAMCO Begin Building Applicant Pipeline for HF Seeding Platform

An innovative joint-venture, emerging hedge fund seeding and support platform launched by the approximately $28.5 billion Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) and Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company (PAAMCO) during the summer, has whittled a field of hundreds of emerging firms vying to participate in the platform down to an initial “pipeline” of 35 firms, …

Alternatives, Asset Allocation, Asset Managers, Asset Servicing, Compensation, Endowments/Foundations, Institutional Investors, People, Private Equity

IA Strategy: Hartford HealthCare Stays Conservative, with Sprinkling of Alts

Conservative investments paired with choice alternatives have sustained not-for profit Hartford HealthCare’s $3.3 billion hospital fund through market swings over the past eight years, according to Chief Investment Officer David Holmgren. The endowment currently invests around 10% of its portfolio in private equity (PE), while its direct peers invest roughly 30% in the asset class, Holmgren told Institutional Allocator. “We …

Asset Allocation, Endowments/Foundations, Institutional Investors

Asset Owner Spotlight: Carolyn M. Weiss, CFO, The New York Community Trust

Carolyn Weiss is the chief financial officer and treasurer of The New York Community Trust (The Trust), Community Funds Inc. (CFI), and The James Foundation, a position she accepted approximately five years ago. Weiss is responsible for all financial operations of the three non-profit grant making organizations, which combined manage approximately $2.8 billion in assets. “I …