Dutch funds are feeling the squeeze of private equity fees, especially as beneficiaries face a cost of living crisis. Pensioenfonds PGB spends less on fees than others but CEO Harold Clijsen questions the options open to investors.
San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association, SBCERA, plans to increase its exposure to US equity in preparation for de-globalization trends. Sarah Rundell talks to CIO, Donald Pierce about asset allocation and the fund’s ‘informed rebalancing’ program.
Maryland State Retirement and Pension System is the latest fund to record an historical performance for the 2021 financial year, returning a best ever 26.7 per cent. Again public and private equities were the star performers with an exceptional 51.85 per cent return in private equity and 44.54 per cent in public equities But in recognition there might be a bill to pay for those higher returns in the future the fund has lowered its actuarial rate of return.
Phil Edwards and Paul Woolley argue that if asset owners exhibit a more effective application of fiduciary duty to curb performance-chasing by verifying the implicit time horizon of the strategies adopted by the asset managers they employ, they could incentivise a shift towards longer horizons within financial markets with both private and social benefits.
Concentrated power by monopolistic companies is a systemic problem in the US economy, according to Matt Stoller, director of research at the American Liberties Project, but investors have little power to change it.
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