Institutional CIOs Opine on Governance, Asset Allocation at Tri-State Forum

At Markets Group’s 7th Annual Tri-State Institutional Forum, which took place on March 27th, Antonio Rodriguez, director of investment strategy at the New York City Board of Education Retirement System, moderated a panel entitled: Conversation with the Region’s Leading Chief Investment Officers. Rodriguez led the discussion with a trio of panelists that included: Anthony O’Toole, …

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 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 …

Investment Strategy: Kentucky System Looks to Take Advantage of Coming Distressed Cycle

The investment team at the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS),which includes the Kentucky Employees Retirement System, the County Employees Retirement System, and the State Police Retirement System, is preparing for what they believe is a coming recession, by looking for opportunities to invest in distressed assets. It is also lightening its public equities exposure, moving more fixed income and stocks into …

USF Endowment Rebalances Portfolio, Increases Equities Target

The University of San Francisco endowment has increased its domestic equities portfolio target from 23% to 33% of its overall portfolio, and its international public equities target from 15% to 20%, to be more in-line with its current, actual allocations, according to Stacy Lewis, associate vice president, finance and treasury, at the $400 million endowment. …

Consultants Give Nod to Planned SEC Market-Competitiveness Review

Growing concerns about the potentially negative effects of fund manager consolidation, including downward fee pressure and rising technology costs on smaller- and medium-sized fund providers has gotten the Securities and Exchange Commission’s attention; The SEC’s Division of Investment Management now plans a review of the impact of this trend this year that will include an …

KRS Seeks EM, U.S. Micro-Cap and Distressed- Opportunities Managers

The Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS), which includes the Kentucky Employees Retirement System, the County Employees Retirement System, and the State Police Retirement System, is seeking several new managers in various classes as it shakes up its investment portfolio, according to Rich Robben, who in February was named chief investment officer (CIO) of the Kentucky System, effective April …

Cost, Capacity Driving Growth in Multifamily Offices

The past decade has seen a large increase in multifamily investment offices in the wealth management market. Keel Point Chief Economic Advisor Steven Skancke spoke recently with Institutional Allocator about this trend and one of its newer manifestations: the boundary extension by wealth management firms to incorporate multifamily offices into their wealth management services. The …

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 …

Corp. Pension Plans Must Explore Risk Strategies for a Volatile 2019, Consultants Say

With stock market volatility currently high and trade war fears still in the air, consultants and asset managers are looking to 2019 as a year when corporate defined-benefit pension plans will need to review their risk assets, evaluate new investment strategies and focus more on matching their assets and liabilities. “Looking forward to 2019, we …

Asset Owner Profile: David Holmgren, CIO of Hartford Healthcare

David Holmgren, CIO of Hartford HealthCare, a hospital fund with $3.3 billion in assets under management, paid a visit to Markets Group’s New York City headquarters just prior to the Thanksgiving break and chatted with Institutional Allocator Reporter Kaitlyn Mitchell. Holmgren opined on the passive versus active debate, international politics and his work-life-balance as a …