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Hedge funds pruned again

The $12.5 billion School Employees Retirement System of Ohio plans to cut its hedge fund allocation, which struggled last year. However, CIO Farouki Majeed says the asset class is bouncing back.
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Post-Brexit uncertainty reigns

‘Selective optimism’ in UK real estate, infrastructure and other assets characterises investors across Europe as they scramble to tell the genuine opportunities from fool’s gold following Brexit.
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Coal pension burns for cash flow

Coal Pension Trustees Services includes a sizeable allocation to equities and is making a move into illiquid sectors such as shipping assets – ‘floating property’ – to generate cash flow.
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Ilmarinen sheds bonds for real value

Ilmarinen CIO Mikko Mursula looks to shrink its holdings in bonds while adding real estate and equity away from Europe, as the fund seeks protection from potential interest rate moves.
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Alternative credit on LD’s short horizon

In 2017, Denmark LD chief financial officer Lars Wallberg plots a push into unlisted credit, complementing a key exposure to environmental services, to manage his fund’s maturing profile.
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Don’t let distractions thwart ESG focus

Potential deregulation will tempt investors away from ESG strategies in 2017. But MSCI advises that physical risks and Asian transitions show the wisdom of staying focused on the long term.
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NEST diversifies via high-yield bonds

UK multi-employer fund pushes for better returns in fixed income with an active global high-yield bond fund, while stressing ESG principles and long-term relationships with asset managers.
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PGGM, APG lead Dutch sustainability push

Two of the Netherlands’ largest fund managers, PGGM and APG, are developing investment strategies designed to help boost the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.
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Wellcome sterling bet eases Brexit pain

Calling sterling correctly ahead of Brexit and sitting patiently in large caps are key components of Wellcome Trust’s success, which means more money for fighting drug-resistant infections.
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KWAP charts alternative course in 2017

Malaysia’s KWAP fund for public officials will further diversify its asset allocation in the year ahead, increasing investment in alternatives; it will also continue to pursue sharia compliance.
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OPTrust is making investment look easy

Canada’s OPTrust has impressive stats. In 2015, it returned 8 per cent and remained fully funded. Its plans for the year ahead include infrastructure, hedge funds and managing even more in-house.
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Distressed Kentucky fund regroups

A struggling pension fund for Kentucky employees has cut back on hedge funds while remaining averse to long-term risk and hopeful of a better climate for US equities to help it recover.