Adapt or Die? Investment Biz Braces for Tech Effect

Most investment industry workers expect their job functions to change over the next five to 10 years as a result of technological disruption–with nearly half expecting that change to span from significantly different to job eliminating–according to the findings of a new report released by CFA Institute, titled the Investment Professional of the Future. The report explores how investment industry …

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, …

Washington Trust’s Cloutier Banking on Deep-Dive Research to Drive PW Biz

Richard Cloutier, Jr., chief investment strategist in the wealth management division of Washington Trust Bank, is an advocate of deep-dive research as a way to help the bank’s portfolio managers better serve clients and mitigate risk. “We are strong advocates of research and continually engage in research to ensure that our strategies provide the best risk-adjusted …

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 …

Democratizing Investment Research for Alpha in Changing Markets

A Guest Article By Kamal Suppal Most would probably agree that tectonic changes are sweeping across economics, politics, business and capital markets. And it is in a rapidly changing world that investment portfolios must continue fighting to bridge gaping funding shortfalls and/or meet spending targets. The new investment paradigm demands the capture of as many …