Three LatAm PE Locations Primed For Growth: Market Pros

A difficult economic and political environment in Latin American, generally over the last three years, appears to be moderating, and pro-investment reforms in key markets in the region are bringing a more positive outlook among some private equity investors. Market observers caution, however, that the most promising private equity investment opportunities are in only three …

IA Strategy: Eastern Illinois University Foundation Stays Faithful to Active Management

This week, IA spoke with Jim Schnorf, one of seven investment professionals and two ex-officio members who make up the investment committee of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation (the Foundation), about the trend towards endowments and foundations making larger equity allocations in their portfolios, the value of hiring an active manager, and the Foundation’s considerable allocation …

Allianz Targets Middle of Barbell with Actively Managed Core Equity Portfolios

Allianz Global Investors’ “Best Styles” equities group has existed for 20 years, but has been seeing heightened institutional investor attention recently around its multi-factor management strategy for clients ranging from mega pension funds to insurance companies. The team differentiates itself from other managers with comprehensive risk management that it claims produces stable returns, rather than …

bfinance Targets US

bfinance, a London-based institutional investment consultancy with a unique business model and a growing global presence, is taking steps to expand its business in the U.S. Having established a one-man office in Chicago last year—manned by Jason Pomatto, managing director—the firm plans to bring on half a dozen or so more staff in Chicago over …

Texas ERS Stays Abreast of Asian Opportunities by Visiting   

Concerns over an escalating trade war and volatility in the Asian markets notwithstanding, some U.S. institutions continue to venture Eastward. This week, Institutional Allocator consulted Employees’ Retirement System of Texas (ERS) CIO Tom Tull on his top reasons for being bullish on Japan and China-specific investment strategies. What’s his number-one technique for understanding opportunities and …

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 …

bfinance Asset-Owner Survey Finds More Complex, Diverse Portfolios; Lower AM fees

Over the last three years, extending a trend that began in the wake of the financial crisis, the average institutional investor has transitioned its investment portfolio to one that is not only more complex and diverse, but which features a greater proportion of illiquid investments, according to the findings of the 2018 Global Asset Owner …

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 …

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 …

Plan Sponsors’ Downward Pressure on AM Fees May Come at a Cost

The much discussed push by institutional investors to reduce their asset management costs, which has taken hold in earnest since the financial crisis, is now bringing a new question to the fore: will lower fees lead to lower-quality asset management services and to the insolvency of asset managers, some of whom will be forced to …