Kentucky’s Pension Funding Ratio Tumbles; Fund Accelerates CIO Search

The assets-to-liabilities funding ratio of the Kentucky Retirement System (KRS) in Frankfort fell to 12.9% on June 30, from 13.6% earlier, according to a report to the system’s board by the fund’s actuaries last week.  Some at the fund expect the ratio to fall further before bottoming out. The pension fund had approximately $2 billion …

Pension, E&F Investment Pros Cautiously Optimistic on Hedge Funds

Though just five percent (or 400) of 8,000 hedge funds (HFs) are even considered investable, according to Joe Marenda, a managing director and hedge fund specialist at Cambridge Associates, “the beauty [of hedge funds] is really in the eye of the beholder—based on portfolio need,” he said. Though institutional investors are currently holding their allocations …

Asset Owner Spotlight: Elizabeth Burton, CIO, Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System

Elizabeth Burton was hired as chief investment officer by the $16.8 billion Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii (ERS) at the end of July 2018, and reported for her first day of work on October 1. Her first interview with the fund was in late spring, several months after former CIO Vijoy Chatterjy …

EY Survey: Institutions’ Renewed Interest in Alts Creating AI Conundrum for Managers

Increased institutional interest in the alternatives asset class is creating more pressure than ever on asset managers to provide increasingly sophisticated and nuanced data gathering services at lower fees, according to the just published 2018 Global Fund Alterative Survey from Ernst & Young. “Institutions are engaging with alternatives asset managers in new ways—these can include …

Cybersecurity is a Bigger ESG Concern for Institutions than Climate Change, Terrorism

“Cybersecurity risk is now a board-level concern, and how companies both prepare and react – or don’t – can have long-term implications on share value,” Jennifer Peet, corporate governance director for the Office of Oregon Treasurer and the Oregon Public Employees’ Retirement Fund told IA’s Kaitlyn Mitchell. “Cybersecurity has been a growing concern for several …

Mercer Appoints New Financial Strategies Honcho

Mercer has tapped Matt McDaniel to lead the firm’s Financial Strategy Group (FSG) in the U.S. In addition, Jay Dinunzio has been recruited to the FSG team as a principal from Aon, a national retirement consulting firm. McDaniel leads an integrated team of professionals spanning investments, actuarial, and insurance solutions.  FSG works with pension plans …

Asset Owner Profile: Missouri Public School & Education Employee’s Craig Husting on Long-Term Fund Transformation

This week, IA reporter Kaitlyn Mitchell spoke with Craig Husting, chief investment officer and assistant executive director of the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS). Husting has been CIO of the $44.5 billion funds since 1999 and has made some major changes during that time: the investment staff has grown from …

MOSERS Releases RFP for Public Markets Consultant, Plans to Issue Another RFP for Private Markets

The Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System(MOSERS), located in Jefferson City, Missouri, is seeking proposals from investment consulting firms in its search for a specialty consultant for public markets (SC-PM), according to an October 4 announcement on its website. The SC-PM will assist Seth Kelly, chief investment officer (CIO), Shannon Davidson, deputy CIO, and the rest …

New Mexico CIOs Address Their Biggest Concerns

At its Southwest Institutional Forum in Santa Fe, N.M. on September 20, Markets Group gathered together three New Mexico-based institutional investors to discuss a variety of investment-related topics. They included Bob Jacksha, chief investment officer, New Mexico Educational Retirement System, which administers $13 billion; Robert “Vince” Smith, chief investment officer, New Mexico State Investment Council, …