The CHf4 billion pension fund for Switzerland’s CERN nuclear research centre maintains a dynamic, tactical strategy that takes into account the market environment and the fund’s liabilities. Once risk levels are set, CIO Manola-Bonthond tweaks and adjusts to stay on target, employing particularly strict due diligence in areas such as private equity and hedge funds.
Sarah RundellJanuary 18, 2019
As the demand for water rises across many sectors and the potential for strained supply increases, its perceived value is rising to a level more in line with its great economic and political importance. As a result, investors are taking steps to measure water risk in their portfolios and engage with companies to promote responsible stewardship.
Top-performing APK Pensionskasse is examining different regions and sectors, looking to increase its allocation to equity if markets decline in the second quarter. Chief executive Christian Boehm expects technological developments and geopolitical influences to affect markets, including in Europe’s financial sector.
The UK’s Competition and Market Authority has put forward several changes to the investment consultant and fiduciary manager markets designed to ensure competition improves outcomes for pension schemes and other institutional investors. A competitive tender process would be required, as would clear distinctions between advice and marketing.
The Cost Transparency Initiative has entered its pilot phase, in which five of its templates will be tested in coming weeks. Data from the testing will be used to rationalise templates across the industry. The idea is to provide consistency of clarity of fees and costs, so trustees can compare funds easily.
The $42 billion Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is using its enhanced internal management capabilities to start a quantitative portfolio applying multifactor strategies. The strategy is designed to build some downside protection into the fund’s equities allocation.
Sarah RundellJanuary 11, 2019
How much does it cost? It should be the most basic of questions from pension fund trustees when decisions are made about how to invest members’ assets, yet it appears this is often not the case. A lawsuit originating in the US state of Kentucky has the potential to change matters for the better.
Colin MeechJanuary 9, 2019
The €72 billion Dutch metal industry pension fund has developed its own benchmark that combines ESG, long-term returns and current beneficiaries’ sensibilities with its previous passive strategy. The index’s various criteria have screened out many companies PMT previously held and reduced its allocation to US equities.
Sarah RundellJanuary 8, 2019
Private equity has been a stand out for the $130 billion Washington State Investment Board and CIO Gary Bruebaker says the real trick is attracting the top general partners. That means making sharp investments, being true to your word and nurturing the relationship.
Sarah RundellDecember 19, 2018
RisCura has partnered with Africa investor (Ai) Capital to launch the continent’s first infrastructure performance index. The new benchmark will cover the whole of Africa and will provide a critical tool for evaluating the risk/return profile of investments in this asset class. It should help fill a damaging shortfall in infrastructure development.
Hubert Danso and Heleen GoussardJanuary 7, 2019
The £30 billion ($38 billion) Brunel Pension Partnership, the asset pool comprising 10 of the United Kingdom’s local authority pension schemes, is finding significant investment opportunities in private-sector renewables infrastructure.
Sarah RundellDecember 4, 2018
ESG integration in fixed income is finally starting to happen but the challenges it presents aren’t the same as in equities; for example, bondholder rights and shareholder rights aren’t the same. Have a look at what’s necessary to further blend ESG and fixed income.
Georg Inderst and Fiona StewartNovember 13, 2018
The CIO of Australia’s A$175 billion sovereign wealth fund, Raphael Arndt, sees a time on the not-too-distant horizon when the assumptions that have shaped investment strategy will no longer hold true. He’s working on a more comprehensive process for this challenging new world.
Alice UribeDecember 18, 2018
Core multi-asset strategies provide access to a collection of market betas without a heavy governance burden. Idiosyncratic multi-asset strategies introduce a variety of return drivers into a portfolio. Mercer takes a look at the costs of each of these subcategories and when they’re justified.
Kishen Ganatra and Shailan MistryDecember 13, 2018
France’s Union Mutualiste Retraite is planning slight increases to its allocation to cash, private equity, private debt and infrastructure, in the face of high valuations and the late cycle. The fund has already added to its direct real-estate investments this year and is bracing for incoming regulations.
Sarah RundellNovember 27, 2018
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