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 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 Technology.  …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

MOSERS Seeks Consultant for Illiquid Alternatives

The $8.5 billion Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) has issued a request for proposals seeking a specialty consultant for illiquid alternatives. The system’s current allocation to illiquid alternatives is approximately 25% of assets, or about $2 billion, according to MOSERS’ CIO Seth Kelly. MOSERS hired a Board Investment Consultant, Verus, to fill the general …