Asset allocation is an investment strategy that aims to balance risk and reward by apportioning a portfolio’s assets according to an individual’s goals, risk tolerance and investment horizon. The three main asset classes – equities, fixed-income, and cash and equivalents – have different levels of risk and return, so each will behave differently over time.
Product providers cite all manner of factors behind the performance of their products but unless those factors adhere to what academics have replicated and standardised, it’s folly for investors to expect persistent returns from them.
Felix Goltz and Ben LuytenFebruary 27, 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
Leigh Gavin, CIO at Australian industry-fund pioneer LUCRF Super, takes care to match portfolios and costs with the needs of the fund’s low-balance membership. In recent years, this has meant taking on additional risk and questioning fee models in private equity.
Alice UribeFebruary 14, 2019
There is still alpha in public equities markets, says Ron Mock, chief executive of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, who supports the fund’s allocation to hedge funds. Mock’s “faith” in active management extends to quantitative strategies – with the right managers.
Amanda WhiteFebruary 5, 2019
The annual Chief Investment Officer Sentiment Survey, conducted by www.top1000funds.com and Casey Quirk, a practice of Deloitte Consulting, has revealed a global asset owner community that is less tolerant of risk and more interested in negotiating fees.
Amanda WhiteJanuary 31, 2019
It’s a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous). In such times, it’s especially important for investors to have guiding principles. The Thinking Ahead Group provides a handful of key themes to manage in the year ahead.
Marisa HallJanuary 22, 2019
The £21 billion Coal Pension Trustees is targeting income and shoring up cash flows. CIO Mark Walker has a new bond portfolio in the works and is examining private debt and property closely. He’s also targeting onshore equities in China.
Sarah RundellJanuary 21, 2019
The CHf4 billion CERN pension fund maintains a dynamic, tactical strategy that takes into account the market environment and the fund’s liabilities. Once risk levels are set, CIO Elena Manola-Bonthond tweaks and adjusts to stay on target, employing strict due diligence in areas such as private equity and hedge funds.
Sarah RundellJanuary 18, 2019