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 …

Chief Investment Officers Fess Up on their Biggest Fears

At Markets Group’s 7th Annual Tri-State Institutional Forum, Antonio Rodriguez, director of investment strategy, NYC Board of Education Retirement System, posed the question:” What keeps you up at night, currently?” to the CIOs sitting on the Conversation with the Region’s Leading Chief Investment Officers panel.  We know there are a lot of sleep deprived CIOs …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Colorado Finalizing Latest Five-Year Plan; A/L Study Due in June

The approximately $49.5 billion Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) is entering the final stages of an asset-liability (A/L) study that it expects to be completed by June. The study is being administered simultaneously with the implementation of a five-year “strategic” plan that is intended to be a blueprint for PERA to achieve certain aspirational …

Asset Owner Profile: Montana’s Cullen Casts Himself as Lifelong Learner

Joe Cullen is the chief investment officer for the Montana Board of Investments (MBOI). Having held various roles with many types of financial institutions across a 25-year-plus career, has provided him with broad perspective on finance and investment and industry trends, as well as opportunities to learn from some “great people.” He says his career …

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.  …

NJ Names Investment Director; Considers Cutting Fossil-Fuel Holdings from Portfolio

The New Jersey State Treasurer last week named Corey Amon as the permanent director of the New Jersey Division of Investment (DOI), the state agency responsible for the management of New Jersey’s $76 billion-plus public pension system. Separately, the Division confirmed at its monthly meeting, last Wednesday, that a study of the asset allocation of …