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CalPERS picks infrastructure adviser

CalPERS’ board has named Meketa its new infrastructure consultant, citing its high ratings and setting aside investment office calls to have a single adviser for infrastructure and real estate.
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CalPERS says consultants could do better

CalPERS is happy with its consultants, except for their performance in recommending ways to control fees and costs and their presentation of new investment ideas, a board rating reveals.
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CalPERS ups transparency

CalPERS has expanded its tracking of strategic metrics in its ongoing review of performance, which could lead to some tough queries making their way into online recordings of board sessions.
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CalPERS mulls leverage

The board of the United States’ largest pension fund calls in the experts as it considers applying leverage in its portfolio, part of efforts to improve a 68 per cent liability-funding ratio.
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CalPERS assumes lower returns

CalPERS has set its latest four-yearly capital market assumptions, that feed its strategic asset allocation. The $323 billion fund expects lower returns and more volatility.
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Return targets head downward

The challenging market environment is putting pressure on pension funds. In response, many are lowering return targets, rather than taking on more risk or requesting larger contributions.
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CalPERS did well to snuff out tobacco

We can debate the certainty of risks and returns, but maintaining that investment in tobacco is in the best interests of ordinary workers is clearly becoming an increasingly difficult position.
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GPIF announces boosted stewardship role

A year on from signing the PRI, the world’s biggest pension fund will seek discussion with non-Japanese asset owners regarding advances in environmental, social and governance practices.
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CALPERS’ chief navigates ‘perfect storm’

Outgoing CaIPERS’ CEO, Anne Stausboll, talks to Amanda White in an exclusive interview, about her passionate views on sustainability, simplifying the portfolio, and where improvements are needed.
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SASB the missing link in ESG integration

ESG factors impact company financial performance and drive long-term value – but inadequate data is no longer an excuse for incorporating ESG into investment decisions.
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Pay for performance

Pension fund executive pay varies widely around the globe, with differences based on internal management and alternatives exposures. Amanda White examines pension fund executive pay.
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Investor pressure on fees

Recent institutional investor pressure is changing the nature of private equity transparency and reporting of fees. An in-depth analysis of the changes.