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 …

IA Strategy: Minnesota Endorses $1B Private-Markets Recommendation

The Investment Advisory Council of the Minnesota State Board of Investment (MSBI) has given the thumbs up to a staff recommendation that MSBI make commitments to eight private equity funds, totaling approximately $1 billion.    At a May 20 meeting, the Investment Advisory Council, which provides advice to the $96 billion MSBI and its Executive Director, …

Almost All Investors to Boost “Impact” Allocation Over Next Three Years: KBIGI Survey

A whopping 94% of responders to a new survey released by Dublin-based KBI Global Investors (KBIGI) say they are looking to increase their allocation to impact over the next one to three years. The survey found that 78% of respondents are currently investing in the impact investment space, with 21% investing through public equity, 21% …

Democratizing Investment Research for Alpha in Changing Markets

A Guest Article By Kamal Suppal Most would probably agree that tectonic changes are sweeping across economics, politics, business and capital markets. And it is in a rapidly changing world that investment portfolios must continue fighting to bridge gaping funding shortfalls and/or meet spending targets. The new investment paradigm demands the capture of as many …

What Would Freud Say? Texas Muni Puts Managers to the (Psyche) Test

Chris Schelling, director, private equity, at Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS), has long had an interest in in psychology. He majored in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before going on to receive his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MS in financial markets from the Illinois Institute of …

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% …

Renewables Dominate Infra Sector as ESG Resonates with Investors

Renewable energy deals heated up the infrastructure sector last year, as investors sought to put an Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) focus on more of their investment portfolios. The trend should continue this year, according to Patrick Adefuye, head of real assets at research firm Preqin. Europe has been leading the charge in renewable deal offerings, but …

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, …

California County System Poaches NY Common’s Sr. Invest. Officer Tucker

Reginald D. Tucker, senior investment officer of opportunistic investments and absolute return strategies at the New York Common Retirement Fund (NYCRF), is leaving his post after five years to join The Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) in a newly created managing director position, he confirmed. At OCERS, he will continue to source investments across all asset classes …

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 …