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 …

St Louis Sewer Sets Aon to Task on Asset/Liability Study

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD), which late last year engaged Aon as its new general consultant, has set the firm to work on its first project: an asset/liability study that it expects the firm will complete by the end of March. According to Tim Snoke, MSD secretary-treasurer, prior to hiring Aon, MSD had …

S&P to Spotlight ESG Risk in Corporate Debt

SS&P Global Ratings will add a new emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) evaluations of corporations within its issuer credit rating reports. “What we are doing is making it easier for a reader [of our reports] to find any credit-related ESG factors that are driving the credit rating,” said Nicole Martin, senior director, sustainable …

San Diego Targets Full Funding; Joins Other Cal. Funds in Boosting PayDowns

With a goal of hitting a 100% funding, the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) has adopted a new unfunded actuarial liability (UAL) contribution floor amortization for the City of San Diego and the Port of San Diego pension plans. This new UAL contribution floor amortization method complements the existing 15-year amortization period for …

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 …

Zero Correlation Between Level of Public Pension Benefits, Plans’ Funded Status: Milliman

The results of Milliman’s 2018 Public Pension Funding Study (2018 PPFS), which analyzes funding levels of the nation’s 100 largest public pension plans–including an independent assessment on the expected real return of each plan’s investments–revealed no correlation between the level of benefits provided by plan sponsors and the funded status of a plan. It also …

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 …

Asset Owner Spotlight: Robert “Vince” Smith, CIO, New Mexico State Investment Council

Institutional Allocator Managing Editor Leslie Kramer spoke recently with Robert “Vince” Smith, chief investment officer of the New Mexico State Investment Council (NMSIC), a sovereign wealth fund, based in Santa Fe, NM, with a $24 billion permanent endowment.  Smith shared his career trajectory leading to his current job, his passion for his work, the Council’s …

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 …

Investment Pros Discuss the Difficulties of Allocating to Private Credit

Panelists at Markets Group’s Sixth Annual Texas Institutional Forum in Austin, Texas, last week, delved deep into the topic of private debt as an asset class. They weighed in on the difficulties in benchmarking for the asset class, allocating to the asset class and everything in between. Moderator Sylvia Owens, a senior portfolio advisor at Aksia, …