Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Private Equity

PE Surveys: Investors, Managers Diverge on Due Diligence; Firms Target Divestment  

Fund managers and asset owners are not totally aligned in their views of what factors about managers are important in a private market due diligence process, according to eVestment’s recently released Private Markets Due Diligence Survey 2018. Meanwhile, EY’s Global Private Equity Divestment Study, released last week, finds that PE firms continue to focus on …

Asset Allocation, Consultants, Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Public Funds

MOSERS Board to New Consultant: “Show Me”

The Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) has hired Verus Investments as a Board Investment Consultant (BIC) to provide investment advisory and oversight services directly to its Board of Trustees. MOSERS has asked the BIC to present a proposed asset allocation/policy portfolio to the fund’s investment committee, which the fund says Verus has done. According …

Emerging Managers, ESG/SRI

Pressure on Companies to Hire Women Unabated; Minorities Overlooked?

Pressure from institutional investors on public companies to include more women on their Boards and to hire more women in top management positions has been mounting. That pressure began long before the #MeToo movement came to the fore. But the mandate for more diversity is, in theory at least, supposed to include minorities too. But, …

Defined Benefit, Emerging Managers, ESG/SRI, Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Public Funds

Verus Advances Ball on Emerging Manager, ESG initiative

Verus Investments, which last year kicked-off an effort to include more emerging and environmental, social and governance (ESG) managers on its approved-manager  list, is bringing  more thought to how it assists clients in identifying emerging managers and implementing their ESG mission-related initiatives, according to Eileen Neill, a managing director and senior consultant with the firm. …

Corporate Funds, Defined Benefit, Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Public Funds

Different Strokes for Different DB Plans: Corps, Publics Go Separate Ways

The world’s defined-benefit (DB) pension funds are moving  toward two very different futures, according to a recent report from BlackRock, based on a survey conducted for it by the Economist Intelligence Unit, titled Common Challenges, Diverging Paths: winding down and building up in global defined benefit pension. The report, which secures responses from 300 funds …

Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Public Funds

CalPERS Hopes Other Funds Will Follow its GIPS Adoption

Having achieved compliance with CFA Institute’s Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPs) for the first time, for the year ending June 30, 2017, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) hopes its adoption of the standards will spur other U.S. state pension plans to follow suit. “One of the reasons this is a big deal is …

Letter from the Editor

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It is Market Group’s great pleasure to bring you the inaugural edition of Institutional Allocator. Institutional Allocator is an exclusive weekly news and information service that delivers informed perspective on the world’s institutional investment industry. Tailored to the information needs of asset owners and delivered primarily to a community of Markets Group Forum attendees,Institutional Allocator …