The $15 billion International Paper corporate pension fund may be on a de-risking glide path, but vice president of investments Robert Hunkeler proves there is still plenty of room for innovation, including portable alpha. All investments are outsourced.
On International Women’s Day we spoke to Mass PRIM CIO, Michael Trotsky about diversity and inclusion. He was part of the CFA Institute’s diversity and inclusion project and believes the industry is at a perfect inflection point to make inroads into improving its score on diversity.
On International Women’s Day CalSTRS’ CIO, Chris Ailman gives the industry some pointers on how to improve its score on diversity and inclusion. CalSTRS is a diversity leader and has gender parity in its investment team has been a leader on diversity.
In the next of this new regular series, we examine the relationships that evolved as Sweden’s AP2 decided to invest with local managers in China. The story examines the process for choosing and monitoring Chinese managers, and the burgeoning focus on sustainability in that market.
Sarah RundellMarch 5, 2019
The CFA Institute will work with 30 asset owners and managers as “experimental partners”, implementing diversity and inclusion action plans in their businesses. We spoke to CFA's Rebecca Fender and CalSTRS' Chris Ailman about the importance of diversity. #BalanceforBetter
The European Parliament and EU member states worked through the night on Wednesday to reach an agreement on disclosure requirements related to sustainable investments and sustainability risks. The agreement means that for the first time it is now clear in regulation that ESG is part of investment decision making.
For the first time a pension fund board has committed to implementing the results of a member survey, ex ante, resulting in the Pensioenfonds Detailhandel, the pension fund for the retail sector in the Netherlands, increasing its commitment to sustainable investing.
Amanda WhiteMarch 6, 2019
Chair of the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, PRI’s Fiona Reynolds explains how the financial sector is well positioned to identify, target and disrupt these crimes and their underlying causes.
Fiona ReynoldsMarch 4, 2019
A decade of price increases in unlisted infrastructure raised fears of an “infrastructure bubble”. On the contrary, this period was one of price discovery for a nascent asset class, research by EDHECinfra finds.
Frederic Blanc-Brude and Sarah TameMarch 1, 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
ESG relevance scores and ESG-dedicated sections in ratings commentaries are examples of how ratings agencies are addressing demand for analysis of such risk factors in fixed income, the PRI’s Carmen Nuzzo says. Managing data for good comparisons will be a challenge going forward.
Sarah RundellFebruary 11, 2019
There is still alpha in public equities markets, says Ron Mock, chief executive of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, who supports the fund’s allocation to hedge funds. Mock’s “faith” in active management extends to quantitative strategies – with the right managers.
Amanda WhiteFebruary 5, 2019
Product providers cite all manner of factors behind the performance of their products but unless those factors adhere to what academics have replicated and standardised, it’s folly for investors to expect persistent returns from them.
Felix Goltz and Ben LuytenFebruary 27, 2019
The annual Chief Investment Officer Sentiment Survey, conducted by www.top1000funds.com and Casey Quirk, a practice of Deloitte Consulting, has revealed a global asset owner community that is less tolerant of risk and more interested in negotiating fees.
Amanda WhiteJanuary 31, 2019
It’s a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous). In such times, it’s especially important for investors to have guiding principles. The Thinking Ahead Group provides a handful of key themes to manage in the year ahead.
Marisa HallJanuary 22, 2019
The £21 billion Coal Pension Trustees is targeting income and shoring up cash flows. CIO Mark Walker has a new bond portfolio in the works and is examining private debt and property closely. He’s also targeting onshore equities in China.
Sarah RundellJanuary 21, 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
Most of Australia’s retirement system is still just heading towards investing with scale for both accumulation and pension phase. The A$70 billion First State Super and CIO Damian Graham are already there. So what do its investments look like?
Alice UribeOctober 25, 2018