Kentucky Forges Debut Co-Investment: A Euro RE Fund with Barings

The Frankfort, Ky.-based Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS), with $17.6 billion in assets under management, has embarked on an approximately $350 million strategic investment partnership with Barings, a global investment management firm, and Barings parent company, Mass Mutual, to launch the Barings Real Estate European Value Add I Fund. According to Andy Kiehl, director of real estate and real …

Cambridge Report: Gender-Lens Investing Delivers Differentiated Investment Edge

Cambridge Associates has released a new report, Gender Lens Investing: Impact Opportunities Through Gender Equity, which offers institutional investors insight into investing using a “gender-lens” approach as a way to make a mission-related impact as well as diversify their portfolio’s risks and returns. “Diversity of thought and perspective can give you different opportunities and deliver diversification …

Community Foundation Doubles Up on Diverse Managers

The $13.5 billion Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) has more than doubled the number of diverse managers it has been using, since 2013, from three up to 14, Senior Vice President of Investments Bert Feuss told Institutional Allocator. “My hope is that other institutional investors, particularly university endowments and pensions, will see that greater asset …

Iowa Seeks HY Fixed-Income Manager

The Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System, with approximately $32 billion in assets under management, has commenced a search for high-yield fixed-income management services from one or more managers. The request for proposals (RFP) for the mandate is due November 6. The move comes despite the fund’s engagement during the summer of a consultant to assist …

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 …

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 …

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 …