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China ESG risk: the next unknown

One of the most important, upcoming challenges at CalSTRS is how the fund should evaluate Chinese investments from a human capital and environmental standpoint, says Chris Ailman, chief investment officer at the giant pension fund.
Equities

Time for a coordinated approach

The US Federal Reserve has fired its last round of ammunition, cutting interest rates to zero, in a move that continues to see it play from the monetary policy songbook. Some market commentators doubt whether it will be enough to prop up markets, raising the question of whether it is finally time for a more coordinated fiscal and monetary policy approach.
Organisational Design

Why diversity is important: Calif. funds

CalPERS and CalSTRS recently hosted over 400 attendees from academia, business, and investment to explore the connection between diversity, human capital and performance. And gave participants tangible next steps on how to increase diversity within their workplace and fresh momentum to push the diversity cause.
Risk

NZ investors act on terror attack

New Zealand’s largest investors are urging Facebook, Google and Twitter to take more responsibility for what is published on their platforms, following the live-streaming and sharing on social media of last week’s Christchurch terror attacks. They are calling on other global investors to act with them.
Sustainability

CalSTRS CIO backs long-haul investment

The investment community’s obsession with short-term earnings is detrimental but convincing investors to back the slow, patient money is a tough sell, according to the CIO of one of the largest US pension funds, Chris Ailman, speaking at the annual SASB conference.
Sustainability

Firearms Principles provide a target

A coalition of 13 institutional investors, led by the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, has crafted principles for engaging with entities that manufacture, sell or regulate guns in a way that fosters a responsible civilian gun industry and reduces risk. The guidelines are intentionally flexible so each organisation can apply them in accordance with its own models for engagement.
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