Corp. Pension Plans Must Explore Risk Strategies for a Volatile 2019, Consultants Say

With stock market volatility currently high and trade war fears still in the air, consultants and asset managers are looking to 2019 as a year when corporate defined-benefit pension plans will need to review their risk assets, evaluate new investment strategies and focus more on matching their assets and liabilities. “Looking forward to 2019, we …

Asset Owner Profile: David Holmgren, CIO of Hartford Healthcare

David Holmgren, CIO of Hartford HealthCare, a hospital fund with $3.3 billion in assets under management, paid a visit to Markets Group’s New York City headquarters just prior to the Thanksgiving break and chatted with Institutional Allocator Reporter Kaitlyn Mitchell. Holmgren opined on the passive versus active debate, international politics and his work-life-balance as a …

MOSERS Seeks Consultant for Illiquid Alternatives

The $8.5 billion Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) has issued a request for proposals seeking a specialty consultant for illiquid alternatives. The system’s current allocation to illiquid alternatives is approximately 25% of assets, or about $2 billion, according to MOSERS’ CIO Seth Kelly. MOSERS hired a Board Investment Consultant, Verus, to fill the general …

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 …

IA Strategy: Eastern Illinois University Foundation Stays Faithful to Active Management

This week, IA spoke with Jim Schnorf, one of seven investment professionals and two ex-officio members who make up the investment committee of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation (the Foundation), about the trend towards endowments and foundations making larger equity allocations in their portfolios, the value of hiring an active manager, and the Foundation’s considerable allocation …

No Place Yet for Cryptocurrency in Institutional Portfolios

Most market practitioners agree that institutional investors, in general, have still not yet warmed up to cryptocurrencies due in part to the lack of regulation governing the new class and volatility in the asset class. Yet, change could be on the horizon. “There are a whole series of specialist investment possibilities that investors could consider, and …

Are OCIOs Closing in on Elusive Public Pension Pot of Gold?

Moves by public pension funds this year to entrust outsourced chief investment officers (OCIOs) with discretionary oversight of substantial portions of their portfolios have industry insiders asking: Have OCIOs finally cracked the code to access public pension plan accounts? In particular, news in the summer that the $18.4 billion Illinois State Board of Investment (ISBI) voted to …

Reports: Pension Funding Up by $23 Billion; Funded Status Flat in June

Milliman, an investment consultant, has released the results of its latest Pension Funding Index, which analyzes the 100 largest U.S. corporate pension plans. In June, these pensions experienced a $23 billion increase in funded status, with the deficit of the Milliman 100 PFI plans falling from $141 billion at the end of May to $118 …

OCIO Assets on Track to Climb by One-Third in One Year

Total reported outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) assets managed by U.S.-domiciled firms, listed by Tucson, Ariz.-based executive recruitment firm Charles Skorina & Company, have grown 16% in just six months (October 2017 – March 2018) to now total approximately $1.97 trillion. By extrapolation, those assets under management are tracking to grow one-third over a full …

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 …