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Northern LGPS forges own pooling path

The UK’s £45 billion Northern LGPS pool has eschewed creating a separate FCA-regulated entity, seeing it as an unnecessary expense. Moves in infrastructure and private equity have also reflected the asset pool’s laser-like focus on keeping costs down.
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LUCRF’s member profile drives strategy

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.
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London’s TfL takes ESG message to masses

The £11 billion TfL Pension Fund has released its first-ever annual sustainability report. The fund for public-sector transport workers hopes the report will help bring more members on board with its well-established ESG strategy and also make clear to its asset managers what it expects of them.
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CERN risk appetite keeps assets liquid

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.
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Austrian APK smells equity opportunities

Top-performing APK Pensionskasse is examining different regions and sectors, looking to increase its allocation to equity if markets decline in the second quarter. Chief executive Christian Boehm expects technological developments and geopolitical influences to affect markets, including in Europe’s financial sector.
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Illinois looks inward for new portfolio

The $42 billion Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is using its enhanced internal management capabilities to start a quantitative portfolio applying multifactor strategies. The strategy is designed to build some downside protection into the fund’s equities allocation.
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PMT’s new index shakes up its equities

The €72 billion Dutch metal industry pension fund has developed its own benchmark that combines ESG, long-term returns and current beneficiaries’ sensibilities with its previous passive strategy. The index’s various criteria have screened out many companies PMT previously held and reduced its allocation to US equities.
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