Asset Owner Profile: OHSERS’ CIO Majeed Seeks Right Perspective in Topsy-Turvy World

Farouki Majeed, chief investment officer of the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (OHSERS), has been heading the investment team there for close to seven years. His route to that role has been a long one, including stints in Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi, Minneapolis and Sacramento. In an interview with Institutional Allocator, Majeed shared his …

CIOs Mix It Up on Myriad Questions, Concerns

What are the interesting trends in 2019? What does the future of private equity investment hold? Where are returns to be found at the close of a bull market?  And where does the search begin for strategies that can provide solid returns while delivering protection across asset classes?  These were just some of the questions …

IA Strategy: Minnesota Endorses $1B Private-Markets Recommendation

The Investment Advisory Council of the Minnesota State Board of Investment (MSBI) has given the thumbs up to a staff recommendation that MSBI make commitments to eight private equity funds, totaling approximately $1 billion.    At a May 20 meeting, the Investment Advisory Council, which provides advice to the $96 billion MSBI and its Executive Director, …

Almost All Investors to Boost “Impact” Allocation Over Next Three Years: KBIGI Survey

A whopping 94% of responders to a new survey released by Dublin-based KBI Global Investors (KBIGI) say they are looking to increase their allocation to impact over the next one to three years. The survey found that 78% of respondents are currently investing in the impact investment space, with 21% investing through public equity, 21% …

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 …

South Carolina Seeks Shaved Fees through Co-Investments; Considers Simplified Asset Allocation

The approximately $31 billion South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission (RSIC) is moving to embark on a private equity co-investment venture with an asset management firm to reduce the cost of its private equity portfolio. Also, the RSIC’s consultant, Meketa Investment Group, is working with the fund’s staff on an asset allocation review with the …

Institutional CIOs Opine on Governance, Asset Allocation at Tri-State Forum

At Markets Group’s 7th Annual Tri-State Institutional Forum, which took place on March 27th, Antonio Rodriguez, director of investment strategy at the New York City Board of Education Retirement System, moderated a panel entitled: Conversation with the Region’s Leading Chief Investment Officers. Rodriguez led the discussion with a trio of panelists that included: Anthony O’Toole, …

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.  …

Investment Strategy: Kentucky System Looks to Take Advantage of Coming Distressed Cycle

The investment team at the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS),which includes the Kentucky Employees Retirement System, the County Employees Retirement System, and the State Police Retirement System, is preparing for what they believe is a coming recession, by looking for opportunities to invest in distressed assets. It is also lightening its public equities exposure, moving more fixed income and stocks into …

USF Endowment Rebalances Portfolio, Increases Equities Target

The University of San Francisco endowment has increased its domestic equities portfolio target from 23% to 33% of its overall portfolio, and its international public equities target from 15% to 20%, to be more in-line with its current, actual allocations, according to Stacy Lewis, associate vice president, finance and treasury, at the $400 million endowment. …