Hawaii’s Controversial Options Strategy Looking Good Even after CIO’s Departure

The options strategy implemented by Vijoy Chattergy, the former chief investment officer of the $17 billion Honolulu-based Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii (HIERS), which targets equity like returns with 2/3 the volatility of equities over a full market cycle, is still performing well, even after his departure. “Today the strategy remains fully collateralized, and …

Consultants Address Key Concerns in Developing a Private Debt Allocation

When its clients are considering investment in private debt, investment consultant Mercer suggests to them broad diversification, both globally and within the type of private debt they are seeking, according to Bill Muysken, the firm’s global chief investment officer for alternatives. Consultants at Aon recommend using private debt to diversify a portfolio heavily weighted in …

Illinois U. System to Replicate $5 Bn in Equities with Exchange-listed Options  

The Champaign, Illinois–based State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (SURS), with approximately $20 billion in assets under management (AUM), is using an exchange-listed options strategy to hedge what some observers perceive as a U.S. equities market on the cusp of a painful tumble, in order to beat the market. “Some option strategies can trail. But …

Canada Leads the ETF Charge

Canadian institutions are at the forefront of a growing move by institutions worldwide to integrate exchange-traded funds (ETFs) into their portfolios, according to the 2017 Canadian Exchange-Traded Funds Study, recently released by Greenwich Associates. In fact, the 52 Canadian institutions that participated in the study currently allocate an average 18.8% of their total assets to …

Colorado’s FPPA Reaps Rewards of Long Investment Governance Revamp

Staff members of the approximately $4.5 billion Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA) are feeling pretty good about themselves currently. Why? In 2009, an informal level of questioning, second-guessing and  hypothesizing among board and staff members regarding the fund’s longstanding, heavily-consultant-driven asset manager hiring process coalesced into formal action to change that process …

MOSERS Board Taps New Chairwoman; ED Expected in June

The Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) has appointed Crystal Wessing as Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the $8.5 billion Jefferson City-based retirement fund, according to a released statement from MOSERS. Separately, the system is also now in the final phase of a recruitment effort for a new executive director, which it expects …

More Power to the CEO!

Governance Guru Applauds CalPERS’ Move The decision last week by the board of the $350 billion California Public State Retirement System (CalPERS) to change its governance policy to make the CEO solely responsible for hiring, evaluating and, if necessary, terminating the chief investment officer, sits very well with Rick Funston, managing partner at Funston Advisory …

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 …