Investors Avoid Options Due to Outdated Mandates, Fear of Market Timing and Perceived Risk

Just 16% of the pension plans and endowments that were interviewed for a recent Greenwich Associates’ survey, How Institutional Investors Use and Think About Exchange-Listed Options, are considering investing in exchange-listed options or increasing their allocation to them, compared with 48% of money managers. “It appears that the use of listed options has come in …

U.S. Investor Delegation Kicks Tires of Africa Infrastructure Opportunities  

Though most of the U.S. institutional investors that were part of a delegation that travelled to Senegal and South Africa in early March invest in emerging or frontier markets (EFM), less than half of the funds invest in Africa, and fewer than one fifth invest in infrastructure there, with their EFM holdings primarily in private …

PE Surveys: Investors, Managers Diverge on Due Diligence; Firms Target Divestment  

Fund managers and asset owners are not totally aligned in their views of what factors about managers are important in a private market due diligence process, according to eVestment’s recently released Private Markets Due Diligence Survey 2018. Meanwhile, EY’s Global Private Equity Divestment Study, released last week, finds that PE firms continue to focus on …

MOSERS Board to New Consultant: “Show Me”

The Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) has hired Verus Investments as a Board Investment Consultant (BIC) to provide investment advisory and oversight services directly to its Board of Trustees. MOSERS has asked the BIC to present a proposed asset allocation/policy portfolio to the fund’s investment committee, which the fund says Verus has done. According …

Verus Advances Ball on Emerging Manager, ESG initiative

Verus Investments, which last year kicked-off an effort to include more emerging and environmental, social and governance (ESG) managers on its approved-manager  list, is bringing  more thought to how it assists clients in identifying emerging managers and implementing their ESG mission-related initiatives, according to Eileen Neill, a managing director and senior consultant with the firm. …

Different Strokes for Different DB Plans: Corps, Publics Go Separate Ways

The world’s defined-benefit (DB) pension funds are moving  toward two very different futures, according to a recent report from BlackRock, based on a survey conducted for it by the Economist Intelligence Unit, titled Common Challenges, Diverging Paths: winding down and building up in global defined benefit pension. The report, which secures responses from 300 funds …

CalPERS Hopes Other Funds Will Follow its GIPS Adoption

Having achieved compliance with CFA Institute’s Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPs) for the first time, for the year ending June 30, 2017, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) hopes its adoption of the standards will spur other U.S. state pension plans to follow suit. “One of the reasons this is a big deal is …