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In-house not for
every house: WSIB

While the trend for most large institutional investors is to insource asset management, the $85-billion Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) has decided to take a different path. Much-cited CEM Benchmarking research shows that funds with internal-management platforms are better performers after cost, and this is largely driven by the lower costs of internal management. Many […]
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Overseeing complexity with Rotman-ICPM

A week-long Board Effectiveness Program with peers from around the globe, including those from Canada’s HOOPP and Denmark’s ATP, has given AIMCo board member, Andrea Rosen, a new perspective on best practice. In a business environment where most people are working harder, multi-skilling, facing lower-than-necessary resourcing, staffing and margins, a week-long course could be viewed […]

Property survey highlights green stars

The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) is being actively used by its investor supporters, including PGGM, to make service providers accountable for ESG performance, with the second annual survey finding a larger proportion of managers in the top quadrant this year. FISMU, GRESB, Maastricht University, PGGM, Rob BauerAsset Owner:ABP / APG Asset ManagementPGGMOntario Teachers' […]
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Dysfunctional boards should be weaned off implementation: Ambachtsheer

In November the International Centre for Pension Management at the Rotman School, University of Toronto will launch its board effectiveness program, which director Keith Ambachtsheer hopes will help overcome the dysfunctionality of pension fund boards – which have a desire to implement rather than oversee. dysfunctionality of pension fund boards, Keith Ambachtsheer, Rotman School, University […]

Environmental engagement through benchmarking

Engaging real estate fund managers on their carbon footprint will be more easily implemented following the creation of a Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, the result of collaborative work by a group of 11 of the world’s largest pension asset managers and Maastricht University. carbon footprint, Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, real estate fund managersAsset […]

Canadian funds in co-investment deal

The trend for co-investment in infrastructure has continued in Canada with two large funds, OTPP and OMERS, partnering to purchase the High Speed 1 (HS1), Britain’s only high-speed rail link to the Channel Tunnel. Borealis Infrastructure, Channel Tunnel, Chunnel, HS1 high-speed rail link, infrstructure, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, OMERS, OTPP, SAESA Group, Scotia Gas Networks, VFMCAsset […]

Ontario Teachers’ buys UK schools from private equity

The private capital arm of the $87.4 billion Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) has acquired a UK special education and fostering services provider believed to be valued at about £200 million ($326 million). Asset Owner: Simon Mumme is the editor of Investment Magazine, the market leading monthly publication which focuses on the Australian institutional investment […]