Underfunded Plan Status, Poor Returns Go Hand in Hand: CRR Study

A study recently released by The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, titled Stability in Overall Pension Plan Funding Masks a Growing Divide—which looks at the funding ratios of state and local pension plans around the country—finds that the pension plans that ranked lowest in terms of funding status also reported the lowest returns on their …

Kentucky’s Pension Funding Ratio Tumbles; Fund Accelerates CIO Search

The assets-to-liabilities funding ratio of the Kentucky Retirement System (KRS) in Frankfort fell to 12.9% on June 30, from 13.6% earlier, according to a report to the system’s board by the fund’s actuaries last week.  Some at the fund expect the ratio to fall further before bottoming out. The pension fund had approximately $2 billion …

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 …

IA Strategy: NMSIC Formulates Pre-Recession Strategy: More Cash, Less Public Equities

Robert “Vince” Smith, chief investment officer (CIO), of the $24 billion New Mexico State Investment Council (NMSIC), a permanent endowment for the state of New Mexico and the third largest domestic sovereign wealth fund in the U.S., is all about planning ahead. In a roundtable discussion at MarketsGroup’s Southwest Forum in New Mexico, in September, Smith said …

Asset Owner Spotlight: Elizabeth Burton, CIO, Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System

Elizabeth Burton was hired as chief investment officer by the $16.8 billion Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii (ERS) at the end of July 2018, and reported for her first day of work on October 1. Her first interview with the fund was in late spring, several months after former CIO Vijoy Chatterjy …

Notre Dame’s CIO Best Paid Among College E&Fs: Skorina

University of Notre Dame endowment’s (AUM $9.4 billion) Chief Investment Officer (CIO) Scott Malpass, Yale University endowment’s ($27.2 billion) CIO David Swensen, and Columbia University endowment’s ($10 billion) CIO Peter Holland took home the most income among endowment CIOs in 2015 (the most recent period for which this data is available), at $4.3 million, $3.9 million, …

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 …

IDB Launches LAC Gender-Focused Fund; Says Region Ripe for Impact Capital

IDB Invest, the private-sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporate ( OPIC) have  partnered to launch Fund Mujer, the first gender-focused fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), to invest in female entrepreneurs, companies with a significant share of women leaders, and firms that generate jobs or consumer products for women. …

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 …