As AMs Ramp-up Tech, Institutions Must Clarify Their Needs

The investment data and transparency demands of some institutional investors, and their drive to reduce asset management costs, have had a “transformative” effect on technology development in the investment industry, since the financial crisis, according to investment consultants and tech-sector specialists. They caution, however, that to optimize how they adopt or use these new tools, institutions …

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 …

Sexual Harassment is Institutions’ Top Emerging Due Diligence Target: IA Survey

Institutional investors surveyed by IA recently on the importance they attach to four ascendant asset-manager engagement due-diligence criteria indicated that they place the most importance on managers’ records on sexual harassment, followed in descending order of importance by their records on environmental, social and governance (ESG), cybersecurity and diversity. In response to a brief thought …

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 …

MSBI CIO Mansco Perry Brings Investments Back to the Basics

Reporter Kaitlyn Mitchell recently spoke with Mansco Perry, longtime executive director and chief investment officer (CIO) of the $93.5 billion Minnesota State Board of Investment (MSBI). Perry has had a long career in financial analysis, and has overseen MSBI through excellent returns in his time with the fund—in 2017, the fund had a 15.1% return, …

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 …

Epoch’s New COO Values Left and Right Brain in Seeking Alpha

Philipp Hensler, who last week joined New York City–based equity manager Epoch Investment Partners, as president and chief operating officer, has alpha on his mind—on the left and right side of his brain, to be clinical. Hensler was previously president and CEO of Vontobel Asset Management. Delivering a presentation based on doctoral research he conducted …

Struggling, Small R.I. Funds Pursue Strategies to Improve Funding Status

While a number of New England pension funds, which aggregate some $2.5 billion in assets under management across 20 open and 14 closed plans, remain critically underfunded, one fund has turned around its misfortune using conservative investment strategies. Others, such as the 24.2%-funded Central Falls, Rhode Island police and fire pensions, are still in rough …