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Asset Allocation

Minnesota to expand private markets

A strategic and long-term focus sees the Minnesota State Board of Investment CIO, Mansco Perry, adopt a patient and encouraging approach when it comes to climate change and diversity. The $104 billion fund is also looking to expand its allocation to private markets, and double its internal team.
Investor Profile

India’s NIIF gathers steam

India’s new sovereign development fund has raised a further £1.3 billion, on top of the government's $3 billion, to finance domestic infrastructure and growth. Key to its success is the unique investor-owned structure, similar to Australia's IFM Investors, and generous co-investment terms.
Sustainability

Davos 2020 for institutional investors

The World Economic Forum’s annual shindig in the Swiss alpine resort of Davos was all about sustainability in 2020 with some specific outtakes for investors around carbon. There were other lessons for investors too, like caution around illiquid assets and the perils of negative yielding debt.
Sustainability

Brunel’s plan for a new financial system

The UK’s £30 billion Brunel Pension Partnership is taking investing in a carbon zero future to a whole new level. It has just published a far-reaching Climate Change Policy filled with actions and deadlines linked to the goals of the Paris Agreement. At its heart lies a bold ambition to shape and push the whole investment industry to prepare for a carbon zero future.
Sustainability

Behind BlackRock’s climate pledge

Last week BlackRock’s Larry Fink announced the company would put climate change centre-stage across its $7 trillion portfolio after what critics have called years of prevarication. Sarah Rundell looks behind what the statement could mean in practice.
Investor Profile

External equity: A worry at Wellcome

The £26.8 billion Wellcome Trust continues to reduce its allocation to external equities managers as the investment committee focuses on currency exposures, ESG and hedge funds,the impact of low interest rates and the position of the credit cycle in 2020.
Fixed Income

APG China strategy: In-house with E Fund

APG's capacity to carry out its own research has meant it is ahead of the curve in allocation millions to its first local currency China fixed income strategy. APG is also setting itself up to be a catalyst for change and aims to set new standards on ESG in China.
Investor Profile

CalPERS board’s divestment dilemmas

The merits of tracking divested dollars, and the value of data illustrating what the pension fund has missed out on was the topic of much debate at the December CalPERS board meeting. In 2021 the fund will review six divestment programs across tobacco, firearms, coal, Iran, Sudan and emerging market equity principles.
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