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City of Austin looks to the future

The City of Austin Employees Retirement System has turned around its five-year performance with a focus on value in active management and deconstructing its bond portfolio. As it looks to the future CIO David Veal considers venture capital and crypto investments.
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Federal Retirement Thrift: Manager boost

Five years on from a board decision to increase manager diversity, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the Washington-based defined contribution plan for US federal civilian employees is finally poised to allocate a portion of its giant $640 billion assets to a new manager for the first time.
Sustainability

Robeco eyes new engagement portfolios

The future of active investment will be grounded in engagement. Robeco is in the process of designing new portfolios so the manager engages with every portfolio company. Engagement specialist, Peter van der Werf explains how engagement drives returns.
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Active US large cap adds nothing

Active investing in US large caps has detracted value from US pension fund portfolios and exposures should be indexed, according to new research by CEM Benchmarking. This could result in huge cost savings and have implications for how pension funds spend their active budget.
Investor Profile

KLP shows the active side of passive

Norway’s fund for local government employees and healthcare workers, KLP, abides by strict internal ESG principles. Sarah Rundell looks at how this translates to investments in emerging markets, its view of indexes and a concentration of manager relationships.
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State Street chief predicts decade ahead

Low for ever, a risen China and climate change, are just some of the 10 changes set to sweep through the investment industry in the next 10 years, said Cyrus Taraporevala, president and chief executive of State Street Global Advisors, in his opening speech to 85 asset owners at the Fiduciary Investors Symposium at Harvard University.
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