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 …

Investment Pros Discuss the Difficulties of Allocating to Private Credit

Panelists at Markets Group’s Sixth Annual Texas Institutional Forum in Austin, Texas, last week, delved deep into the topic of private debt as an asset class. They weighed in on the difficulties in benchmarking for the asset class, allocating to the asset class and everything in between. Moderator Sylvia Owens, a senior portfolio advisor at Aksia, …

Chinese A-Shares Beckon, Says Allianz Global Investors’ US CEO

The investment environment in China is in a transformational state, a condition that is contributing to some misperceptions about the market by U.S. investors, even as they seek more assiduously now than ever to understand the opportunities there and the best ways to access them, according to Douglas Eu, managing director, and CEO of Allianz …

Pension, E&F Investment Pros Cautiously Optimistic on Hedge Funds

Though just five percent (or 400) of 8,000 hedge funds (HFs) are even considered investable, according to Joe Marenda, a managing director and hedge fund specialist at Cambridge Associates, “the beauty [of hedge funds] is really in the eye of the beholder—based on portfolio need,” he said. Though institutional investors are currently holding their allocations …

Investors in Alternatives Seeking Separate Accounts and Co-investments

Over the next five years, institutional investors in alternative assets will be looking to increase their investments in separate accounts and co-investments at the expense of pooled or commingled structures, for reasons of greater control and potentially lower management fees, according to a report just published by research and data firm Preqin, titled The Future …

IDB Launches LAC Gender-Focused Fund; Says Region Ripe for Impact Capital

IDB Invest, the private-sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporate ( OPIC) have  partnered to launch Fund Mujer, the first gender-focused fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), to invest in female entrepreneurs, companies with a significant share of women leaders, and firms that generate jobs or consumer products for women. …