IA Strategy: Hartford HealthCare Stays Conservative, with Sprinkling of Alts

Conservative investments paired with choice alternatives have sustained not-for profit Hartford HealthCare’s $3.3 billion hospital fund through market swings over the past eight years, according to Chief Investment Officer David Holmgren. The endowment currently invests around 10% of its portfolio in private equity (PE), while its direct peers invest roughly 30% in the asset class, Holmgren told Institutional Allocator. “We …

MOSERS Seeks Consultant for Illiquid Alternatives

The $8.5 billion Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) has issued a request for proposals seeking a specialty consultant for illiquid alternatives. The system’s current allocation to illiquid alternatives is approximately 25% of assets, or about $2 billion, according to MOSERS’ CIO Seth Kelly. MOSERS hired a Board Investment Consultant, Verus, to fill the general …

Mercer Appoints New Financial Strategies Honcho

Mercer has tapped Matt McDaniel to lead the firm’s Financial Strategy Group (FSG) in the U.S. In addition, Jay Dinunzio has been recruited to the FSG team as a principal from Aon, a national retirement consulting firm. McDaniel leads an integrated team of professionals spanning investments, actuarial, and insurance solutions.  FSG works with pension plans …

NT Takes Stake in Tech Firm to Drive Asset-Owner Services

Northern Trust is taking a minority stake in Parilux Investment Technology, representing a key step in the development of its Front Office Solutions business, which the bank is constructing to deliver operational and technology services to in-house institutional investment teams. The business is focused on supporting the investment teams of endowments, foundations, corporations, family offices and …

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 …

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 …

Northern Trust Names Head of Asset Servicing, Americas

Northern Trust has named Dan Houlihan as head of asset servicing, Americas, a newly-created position responsible for delivering the full range of front, middle and back office services to both asset owners and asset managers across the region. In his new role, Houlihan will lead Northern Trust’s business servicing institutional investors across the Americas, including corporations, …