New Mexico Funds Fashion Private Debt Benchmarks that Fit

Finding effective benchmark measures for private debt has proven challenging to even the most nimble-minded institutional investment practitioners. Nevertheless, some chief investment officers and portfolio managers at pension funds and endowments are coming up with their own ways to solve, at least in-part, this diverse asset class’s benchmarking issues. IA’s Managing Editor Leslie Kramer spoke with …

Consultants Grapple with Private Debt Benchmarking

Private credit, a relatively new asset class, offers investors a large, multi-asset class that encompasses a variety of niche strategies. While the term “private debt” is not well defined by the industry, “We estimate the size of the U.S. middle market at around $400 billion, and adding distressed would bring that number much higher,” said  Stephen …

IA Strategy: CIO of Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Reimagines Investment Structure  

Wei Huang, chief investment officer of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations, knew changes had to be made when 15 months ago he took over the fund from Jack Pohl, who had been CIO for nearly 32 years. The almost 80-year-old foundation, with $1.5 billion in assets under management, was over-diversified and outdated, in Huang’s opinion. …

With Private Credit Strategy Benchmarks Proving Inapt, Researchers Say LLI May be Best Bet

Many consultants and investors face a conundrum when trying to formulate a performance benchmark for private credit.  There are a variety of product types within the asset class, making it hard to evaluate them all under one roof. Researchers also point to the evolving nature of the asset class, which includes a relatively small number of …

No Place Yet for Cryptocurrency in Institutional Portfolios

Most market practitioners agree that institutional investors, in general, have still not yet warmed up to cryptocurrencies due in part to the lack of regulation governing the new class and volatility in the asset class. Yet, change could be on the horizon. “There are a whole series of specialist investment possibilities that investors could consider, and …

E&F’s Moving to Make Investments More Impactful

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) investing is all the rage in the institutional investor community. Increasingly, pension funds, endowments and foundations (E&Fs) and asset managers are demanding that the companies in which they invest start implementing ESG guidelines and policies, from the board level to management and all the way down to supply chain operations. …

Advisors Offer Deep Dive into their Real-Asset Investing Strategies

This week, Reporter Kaitlyn Mitchell spoke with institutional investment consultants and managers on how they are advising their institutional clients to invest in real assets. Experts consulted include pros from Aon, Hamilton Lane and Wilshire Associates, and Polsinelli law firm. Many Facets to the Class “The way we define real assets is anything that has …

Prudent PE Investors Itching to Jump on Better Pricing

The news that private equity investment in the U.S. fell by almost 50% to $41 billion in the second quarter, compared to investments totaling $80 billion in Q2 2017, may have startled some market observers, who had watched the segment hit record heights in 2017. But keen observers remain unfazed, confident that investors will soon be …

Investors are Missing Out on EM Infrastructure

There are many reasons North American investors are taking a pass on buying emerging market infrastructure: compliance, due diligence, unfamiliarity with those markets, to name three. But is their caution warranted, or are attractive opportunities being missed?  Kamal Suppal, chief investment auditor at Emerging Markets Alternatives, an investment auditor, and former senior research consultant at …

Three Institutional Investors Share Their Real-Assets Strategies

A majority of 224 institutional clients (58%) surveyed by asset management behemoth BlackRock earlier in the year, for its 2018 Global Real Assets Outlook, said they intend to increase their real-assets allocations this year, following a record fundraising year for the class in 2017. Also, closed-end private real estate funds and unlisted infrastructure funds collectively raised …