Alternatives, Consultants, People, Private Equity

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 …

Asset Managers, Performance Measurement, Uncategorized

In the Future, Tech will Separate AM Winners from Losers: Willis Towers Watson

The adoption of new technology by asset managers will set them apart as they look to remain competitive and grow in the coming years, according to a research paper released this month by Willis Tower Watson’s Thinking Ahead Institute (TAI), entitled “The asset manager of tomorrow.” The report also predicts that the roles played by …

Asset Allocation, Defined Benefit, Governance, Institutional Investors, Investment Research, Pension Funds, People, Performance Measurement, Public Funds

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 …

Asset Allocation, Asset Managers, Consultants, Corporate Funds, Defined Benefit, Endowments/Foundations, Institutional Investors, OCIO, Pension Funds, Performance Measurement, Public Funds, Retirement Income

Interview with Pentegra’s Scott Stone: Part 2

For our second video series installment, Managing Editor Leslie Kramer sat down with Pentegra Retirement Services’ CIO Scott Stone, at Markets Group’s Tri-State Institutional Forum in New York, to discuss “the crisis” of unfunded liabilities at U.S. pension funds, and how Pentegra has been so successful in funding its own liabilities. This is part-two of …

AM Fees, Defined Benefit, Endowments/Foundations, Governance, Pension Funds

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 …

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

Asset Owner Profile: OHSERS’ CIO Majeed Seeks Right Perspective in Topsy-Turvy World

Farouki Majeed, chief investment officer of the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (OHSERS), has been heading the investment team there for close to seven years. His route to that role has been a long one, including stints in Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi, Minneapolis and Sacramento. In an interview with Institutional Allocator, Majeed shared his …

Asset Allocation, Asset Managers, Consultants, Corporate Funds, Defined Benefit, Endowments/Foundations, Institutional Investors, OCIO, Pension Funds, Performance Measurement, Public Funds, Retirement Income

Pentegra CIO Stone Discusses Unfunded Liabilities Crisis

For our second video series installment, Managing Editor Leslie Kramer sat down with Pentegra Retirement Services‘ CIO Scott Stone at Markets Group’s Tri-State Institutional Forum in New York to discuss what he sees as the crisis of unfunded liabilities at pension funds around the country. This is part one of a five-part series.

Defined Benefit, Institutional Investors, People

Bruebaker Will Be “Present” in His Retirement

Gary Bruebaker, chief investment officer of the $135 billion Washington State Investment Board (WSIB), will retire on December 20, 2019, after 18 years on the job. Institutional Allocator took the opportunity to speak with Bruebaker about his reasons for retiring and to ascertain the pension fund’s plans for replacing him. The WSIB’s goal is to …

Asset Allocation, Defined Benefit, Institutional Investors, Pension Funds

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 …

Alternatives, Asset Allocation, Asset Managers, Consultants, Defined Benefit, Endowments/Foundations, Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Private Equity, Public Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds

CIOs Mix It Up on Myriad Questions, Concerns

What are the interesting trends in 2019? What does the future of private equity investment hold? Where are returns to be found at the close of a bull market?  And where does the search begin for strategies that can provide solid returns while delivering protection across asset classes?  These were just some of the questions …