Pension, E&F Investment Pros Cautiously Optimistic on Hedge Funds

Though just five percent (or 400) of 8,000 hedge funds (HFs) are even considered investable, according to Joe Marenda, a managing director and hedge fund specialist at Cambridge Associates, “the beauty [of hedge funds] is really in the eye of the beholder—based on portfolio need,” he said. Though institutional investors are currently holding their allocations …

Investors in Alternatives Seeking Separate Accounts and Co-investments

Over the next five years, institutional investors in alternative assets will be looking to increase their investments in separate accounts and co-investments at the expense of pooled or commingled structures, for reasons of greater control and potentially lower management fees, according to a report just published by research and data firm Preqin, titled The Future …

Cybersecurity is a Bigger ESG Concern for Institutions than Climate Change, Terrorism

“Cybersecurity risk is now a board-level concern, and how companies both prepare and react – or don’t – can have long-term implications on share value,” Jennifer Peet, corporate governance director for the Office of Oregon Treasurer and the Oregon Public Employees’ Retirement Fund told IA’s Kaitlyn Mitchell. “Cybersecurity has been a growing concern for several …

Report: Worldwide Institutional RE Allocations Up

Global institutions’ target allocations to real estate are climbing, especially in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific (APAC), according to a report published last week by consultancy Hodes Weill & Associates and Cornell University. Yet, despite a rise in institutional confidence in the real estate sector for the first time …

Pensions Replacing Fixed Income with Alternative Credit: Gapstow

According to a report released by Gapstow Capital Partners, an investment advisor that focuses exclusively on credit, many U.S. pension funds are now beefing up their alternative credit allocations, in many cases by decreasing investment in traditional fixed income. “We saw a lot of interest in alternative credit coming at the expense of traditional fixed …

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 …

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 …

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 …

MOSERS Releases RFP for Public Markets Consultant, Plans to Issue Another RFP for Private Markets

The Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System(MOSERS), located in Jefferson City, Missouri, is seeking proposals from investment consulting firms in its search for a specialty consultant for public markets (SC-PM), according to an October 4 announcement on its website. The SC-PM will assist Seth Kelly, chief investment officer (CIO), Shannon Davidson, deputy CIO, and the rest …

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 …