The value creation boundary, a margin between innocent bystanders and the parties involved in an economic activity, is a powerful thinking device for asset owners and managers to use in considering their investment responsibilities. So should long-term investors expand the boundary and include more of humanity in the consequences of investment decisions?
Tim HodgsonMay 24, 2019
Investors in infrastructure do know how much risk they are taking and they are not happy about it, according to the 2019 EDHECinfra/G20 survey. This is the first installment of a three part series examining the results according to asset allocation, monitoring and risk management.
The $42 billion Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is dedicated to investing in emerging managers with a commitment of 22 per cent of its total portfolio. The relationship with minority and women-owned managers is mutually beneficial. Sarah Rundell talks to head of the IMRF emerging managers program and the co-chief investment officer of equities at one of its managers, Piedmont.
More than 600 organisations have supported the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures but the implementation of its recommendations have been slow, so CDSB and SASB have drawn on their well-established reporting frameworks to produce a guide that shows companies, in a very practical way, how to implement the recommendations.
Institutional investors' investment strategy should be serving the China middle class and the dislocation from within Asia, according to Stephen Kotkin,Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University speaking at the Fiduciary Investors Symposium at Cambridge University. He explored what the geopolitical conflicts of the past can teach us about the future. He looked at some of the key points in history, how China, the European Union and the US have survived, and what it means for the future.
Amanda WhiteMay 17, 2019
"If we don’t heal the fractures of today’s workforce that have been caused by the current model of greed, we will see even greater inequality in years to come," says Sharan Burrow, general secretary, International Trade Union Confederation.
Elizabeth FryMay 13, 2019
The Responsible Asset Allocator Initiative’s Leaders List report, developed in partnership with the Fletcher School at Tufts University, analysed $21 trillion in sovereign wealth fund and government pension fund assets around the world to identify 25 leaders and 25 finalists that set a global standard of excellence in sustainable investing.
Scott KalbMay 13, 2019
Japan has been progressive in the development of a stewardship code and a corporate governance code, however to make real impact this requires asset owners need to be more proactive in holding boards and executives of their investee companies accountable.
Nicholas BenesApril 29, 2019
OTPP increased its bond allocation from 22 to 31 per cent last year. The defensive strategy was aimed at taking advantage of rising yields in fixed income markets and protecting the portfolio from a potential economic slowdown given the late cycle and decade-long economic expansion.
Sarah RundellApril 6, 2019
Oregon State Treasury has de-risked its $12 billion real estate allocation, moving away from closed end, private equity-style investment and its associated inherent cyclical risk and total return focus. Building in more liquidity and transparency, reduced volatility and lowered fees via evergreen manager partnerships in separate account and open-end fund structures.
Sarah RundellApril 2, 2019
Iceland’s ISK900 billion ($7.5 billion) Lífeyrissjóður Starfsmanna Ríkisins (LSR), the Pension Fund for State Employees and the Pension Fund for Nurses is poised to invest more overseas as capital controls introduced in the wake of Iceland’s 2008 banking crisis finally ease.
Sarah RundellMay 9, 2019
Strategic tilting has added 1.1 per cent, or NZ$3 billion, to the New Zealand Super Fund’s reference portfolio over the past 10 years, David Iverson, head of asset allocation at the NZ$41 billion fund says. This is way above the expected return from the program which was set at around 40 basis points.
Amanda WhiteApril 17, 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