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Future Fund revamps equities

Australia’s sovereign wealth fund has revamped its equities portfolio to take on deliberate factor risk and target idiosyncratic risk. The fund’s head of equities, Björn Kvarnskog, explains.
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Retirement: a cause worth working on

There are two things that drive the newly appointed global chief operating officer of State Street Global Advisors, Greg Ehret, in his bid to improve the client experience: the retirement business is a cause worth working on and the clients are the reason the business exists. Ehret was appointed to the new position at SSgA, […]
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Building consensus for investment beliefs at CalPERS

An investment-beliefs workshop for the CalPERS board, held in April, revealed five areas, including active management, where the views of the board and staff lacked consensus. The contentious, or unsettled, topics for discussion were active management, private asset classes, sustainability (environmental, social and governance), investment performance targets and stakeholder considerations. At the board workshop, Janine […]
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Are hedge fund investors getting what they paid for?

Alternative hedge fund beta allows investors to access the returns generated by hedge funds without the pressures of finding alpha, says Fama family professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Tobias Moskowitz. Moskowitz says there are three components to hedge fund returns: unique alpha, traditional market beta, and “something else”, […]
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Russell takes up fundamental index for alternative beta series

Alternative beta is catching on, with Russell Investments the latest market index builder to embrace the non-cap-weighted index trend by inking a deal with Rob Arnott’s Research Affiliates company. Russell will launch a series of “fundamental” indices, in association with Research Affiliates, during the third quarter of this year. Fundamental indices rank stocks according to […]