An Interview With Segal Marco’s Tim Barron: Part Four

Managing Editor Leslie Kramer sat down with Segal Marco Advisors CIO Tim Barron at Markets Group’s recent Tri-State Institutional Forum in New York to discuss how changing demographics (retiring Baby Boomers) may impact retirement savings management; how to assess if an incoming asset management team is as good as a retiring, senior team; and will …

An Interview With Segal Marco’s Tim Barron: Part Three

Managing Editor Leslie Kramer sat down with Segal Marco Advisors CIO Tim Barron at Markets Group’s recent Tri-State Institutional Forum in New York to discuss how changing demographics (retiring Baby Boomers) may impact retirement savings management; how to assess if an incoming asset management team is as good as a retiring, senior team; and will …

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 …

An Interview With Segal Marco’s Tim Barron: Part Two

Managing Editor Leslie Kramer sat down with Segal Marco Advisors CIO Tim Barron at Markets Group’s recent Tri-State Institutional Forum in New York to discuss how changing demographics (retiring Baby Boomers) may impact retirement savings management; how to assess if an incoming asset management team is as good as a retiring, senior team; and will …

An Interview With Segal Marco’s Tim Barron: Part One

Managing Editor Leslie Kramer sat down with Segal Marco Advisors CIO Tim Barron at Markets Group’s recent Tri-State Institutional Forum in New York to discuss how changing demographics (retiring Baby Boomers) may impact retirement savings management; how to assess if an incoming asset management team is as good as a retiring, senior team; and will …

What Would Freud Say? Texas Muni Puts Managers to the (Psyche) Test

Chris Schelling, director, private equity, at Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS), has long had an interest in psychology. He majored in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before going on to receive his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MS in financial markets from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  …

New Tax Law & Increased Discount Rate Impact Year- End Corporate DB Funding Status

The estimated aggregate funding level of the 1,500 defined benefit pension plans listed on the S&P Composite 1,500 Index, year-end 2018, increased to 85 percent from 84 percent, at the end of 2017, according to data compiled by Mercer. The reason for the rise in funding levels may be two-fold. Deep drops in the equity …

Asset Owner Spotlight: Robert “Vince” Smith, CIO, New Mexico State Investment Council

Institutional Allocator Managing Editor Leslie Kramer spoke recently with Robert “Vince” Smith, chief investment officer of the New Mexico State Investment Council (NMSIC), a sovereign wealth fund, based in Santa Fe, NM, with a $24 billion permanent endowment.  Smith shared his career trajectory leading to his current job, his passion for his work, the Council’s …

Investment Pros Discuss the Difficulties of Allocating to Private Credit

Panelists at Markets Group’s Sixth Annual Texas Institutional Forum in Austin, Texas, last week, delved deep into the topic of private debt as an asset class. They weighed in on the difficulties in benchmarking for the asset class, allocating to the asset class and everything in between. Moderator Sylvia Owens, a senior portfolio advisor at Aksia, …

Underfunded Plans and Poor Returns Go Hand in Hand: CRR Study

A recent study 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 …