CTPF’s CIO Lays Out Factors in Fund’s GP Selection

The approximately $11 billion Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) has a 9% allocation to real estate, 6.9% of which is managed by external asset managers that are general partners (GPs). The fund expends a great deal of time and effort in its selection process for GPs with which to do business. According Angela Miller-May, CTPF’s …

Public Pension Plans Lower Assumed Returns with Minimal Rise in Costs

Public pension plans have lowered their investment return assumptions, which generally raises costs, by requiring larger contributions to fund promised benefits. However, the decline in assumed returns is due to lower than expected inflation, which should have no effect on costs (employee contributions) in an inflation-indexed system, according to a recently released report titled: How …

Willis Towers Watson Creates Research Uber Boss; Promotes One Other

Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has tapped a new leader for its research operations and promoted one other within the division. The promotions were conferred in a effort to “enhance” the firm’s research offering, and follow other recent senior executive appointments at WTW. Luba Nikulina will take on a new leadership role as head of research, …

Kansas Seeks Deputy Private-Markets Investments Chief

The approximately $20 billion Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) in Topeka is taking steps to recruit a deputy chief investment officer-private markets to fill a slot left vacant by the resignation earlier this month of its previous deputy CIO Dean Roney. Roney left the system for family relocation reasons, according to a press release …

CalSTRS Names Chief of New Investment Strategy and Risk Unit

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) has appointed Geraldine Jimenez as Director of Investment Strategy and Risk, confirmed Scott Chan, CalSTRS’ deputy chief investment officer. The new unit was established in May and is responsible for implementing and monitoring CalSTRS’ overall investment portfolio strategy and risk profile. The new unit’s primary goal is to …

NJ HF Cut Just Latest Action in Industry’s Value-For-Fees Pursuit

The New Jersey Division of Investment’s decision at the close of May to halve the state’s pension funds’ hedge fund allocation to 3% from 6% to save on asset management fees raised nary an eyebrow, viewed by the industry as just business as usual—just another fund in a long and growing list of institutional asset owners …

Asset Owner Profile: SITFO’s Madsen Believes Institutional Investment Pros are Underappreciated

In 2015, the State of Utah created the Utah School & Institutional Trust Funds Office (SITFO) to manage revenue from natural gas, oil, and the sale of state lands. That year, the trustees of the fund hired Peter Madsen as the fund’s first chief investment officer, a position he holds today.  Having moved around the industry over …

Shortfall in Women CIOs at Endowments is Mysterious: Skorina

Executive search firm Charles A. Skorina & Company has reviewed the number of women CIOs at big endowments and finds the shortfall in the number of women in this role “mysterious,” according to a report yesterday from the firm.  Among 109 North American endowments with more than $1 billion in assets under management, the firm …

Asset Owner Profile: Washington State’s Bruebaker Set on Securing Public Employees’ Financial Futures

Gary Bruebaker, chief investment officer of the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB), oversees $128 billion in assets, a portfolio that includes the retirement assets of over three quarters of a million current and former public employees. Having such a large pool of investments under his discretion and having booked more than 40 years in the …

Chief Investment Officers Fess Up on their Biggest Fears

At Markets Group’s 7th Annual Tri-State Institutional Forum, Antonio Rodriguez, director of investment strategy, NYC Board of Education Retirement System, posed the question:” What keeps you up at night, currently?” to the CIOs sitting on the Conversation with the Region’s Leading Chief Investment Officers panel.  We know there are a lot of sleep deprived CIOs …