The size factor has recently come under attack from smart beta providers because its performance has lagged behind other factors. A common recommendation is to remove size from the factor menu, to give more weight to factors with better performance. But due to its low correlation with other factors, size offers substantial diversification benefits.
Amanda White sat down for an hour-long fireside chat with David Veal, CIO of the $3 billion City of Austin Employees Retirement System. They discussed private equity, managing strategic relationships, internalisation and adopting Norwegian investment beliefs.
A confluence of recent research and the evolution in perspective of the Delaware courts presents an opportunity for companies and investors to systematically improve performance while reducing unwanted risk exposures. But investors must make the first move.
SWFs are struggling to source deals in infrastructure as the demand is much stronger than the supply, so they are relying on new ways of investing in the asset class, mainly accelerating early-stage investments in renewable technologies, and with novel partnerships and co-investment structures.
Ensuring that investment consultants incorporate ESG factors into their core service provision is crucial for the next wave of responsible investment. The PRI has released a guide for asset owners or what to expect from consultants.
Nikolaj PedersenJuly 9, 2019
President of Robert F Kennedy Human Rights, Kerry Kennedy, welcomed delegates to its 2019 investor conference by outlining some of the milestones achieved by the organization in the past year. These include criminal legal system reform; suing Colombia on behalf of a journalists’ family; and major advancements in farm workers’ rights.
Amanda WhiteJuly 5, 2019
CalPERS' CIO Ben Meng is preparing for a market dislocation by ensuring the $354 billion pension fund has enough dry powder on hand to take advantage of a drawdown. A liquidity management action plan is a top priority for the fund.
Sarah RundellJune 24, 2019
Last month the book Achieving Investment Excellence, was launched in the auditorium of Dutch pension investor APG. The book is a guide to empowering pension fund trustees to get a good grip on the difficulty of successful long-term investing for pension funds. Top1000funds.com spoke to one of the authors, principal director investment strategy of PGGM, Jaap van Dam.
Amanda WhiteJuly 5, 2019
The Workforce Disclosure Initiative, which now has 127 investor signatories with $14 trillion, is calling for better company disclosure on workforce data in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 8, which calls for decent work for all.
James ColdwellJuly 2, 2019
Four US state treasurers are among 11 investors to sign a joint investor statement on corporate disability inclusion, and are urging others to get behind the cause. The investors, worth $1 trillion, believe companies must to do more to include people with disabilities in the workforce and are urging their portfolio companies to adopt best practice.
Amanda WhiteJune 26, 2019
There is a prevailing view among LPs that once a PE firm has an underperforming fund, the best way forward is to stop committing to future funds. But do outperforming funds that become underperformers deserve consideration?
Wes Bradle and Alex AbellJuly 3, 2019
The United Kingdom’s £31.4 billion ($39 billion) Pension Insurance Corporation, an insurance company specialising in securing the liabilities of defined benefit pension schemes, is growing its infrastructure allocation to renewables and student housing and pushing into new markets in the Ireland and Spain.
Sarah RundellJune 20, 2019
A knowledge exchange between the State of Wisconsin Investment Board and its manager, Parametric, has seen the fund become comfortable understanding the instruments involved to manage a chunk of its total levered allocation in-house.
Sarah RundellJune 12, 2019
In an overhaul of investments impacting almost every asset class, Spain’s largest corporate pension fund, is looking to increase diversification and improve its ESG ratings. It’s decreased equities in favour of US government bonds as part of a strategy to protect the portfolio in a potential downturn, this strategy also includes tail risk hedging, currency hedging and slashing its hedge funds allocation.
Sarah RundellJune 4, 2019
In what will be exactly a decade leading and transforming the Universities Superannuation Scheme investment office, Roger Gray will step down in September. Amanda White spoke to him about investments, governance, the self-possession needed to thrive in funds management, and what’s next.
Amanda WhiteMay 30, 2019
Ben Meng isn’t easing into his role. The new CIO of CalPERS faces three new board members, a stressed private equity program and executive turnover, all under the pressure of a 70 per cent funded status and a maturing membership at the $340 billion fund.
Sarah RundellFebruary 26, 2019
Organisations across the globe are collecting data, analysing and re-analysing it more and more every day. As this trend continues, data infrastructure – tangible or intangible – becomes increasingly attractive. Canada’s OPTrust cites this reality as the rationale behind the EdgeCore partnership. It thinks data is its own asset class.
James DavisFebruary 25, 2019
A new guide, Climate Change for Asset Owners, provides case studies and other practical advice for how to get investor organisations focused on climate change, how to craft a related investment strategy and how to implement it. The publication includes content from 10 asset owners.
Amanda WhiteFebruary 6, 2019
The Netherlands’ Achmea Investment Management, Blue Sky Group and SPF Beheer have teamed up on a joint investment platform designed to lower fees and expand opportunities in private equity. Jos van Gisbergen, senior portfolio manager for private equity at Achmea, explains how it works.
Sarah RundellJanuary 31, 2019